I mentioned before that we stayed in a rented apartment, rather than a hotel. I highly recommend it. We spent a decent amount, but it was worth a centrally located 1-bedroom Parisian apartment. We saved a lot of money eating there for breakfast and dinner, and not always having to eat out. The added comfort of extra space for the kids to run around and a separate space for us to hang out after they went to bed was wonderful! Even though Rebekah doesn’t nap that often, her legs were tired from all the walking, so it was nice for her to have a place to rest, too.
We saved actually going in to the Louvre for the last day because rain was forecast and we also wouldn’t have our apartment so we needed something that would last throughout the day. However, we couldn’t resist visiting earlier in the week and enjoying the pyramid and the adjacent Jardin Tulieries. Madeline spends time there in her book, so we made sure to pay homage.
Disclaimer: I didn’t realize until I was researching things to do in Paris that the pyramid belonged to the Louvre. I am that uncultured. Bummer. I did recognize it from Da Vinci Code, though, so I was on the look out for religious conspiracies.