AC goes to Paris!

The Eiffel Tower in Paris, TN stands 60 ft tall compared to its 984 ft original!

So today was the big day! In case you didn’t know already, Anna Claire is obsessed with all things Paris, France, and more than anything else she wants to visit Paris one day. Well, we can’t bankroll that so we told her about the Eiffel Tower in Paris, TN.

We’ve talked about doing this all summer, and why not today. I have promised we would go all summer and we are running out of days!

I wanted to make the trip (the DRIVE) as fun as possible – you know the saying, “enjoy the journey as much as the destination.” So I planned some strategic fun along the way.

We stopped off at Fort Donelson (worth visiting the same day since it’s within an hour of Paris). Our visit gave me a chance to share the wedding story of Grandma and Grandpa Freddie, since they were married there. AC thought the cannons were really cool.

The girls at Fort Donelson

I could’ve stayed a lot longer just taking in the view. So beautiful here.
Thanks to AC there’s actually a pic of me today. She said “Mommy, you’re not in any of the pictures!” I need to do better with that.

And of course after that I wanted to eat at The Lodge at Paris Landing. Might as well recreate that whole day! We are all pretty full of the snacks Larry had packed for us when we got there so we just split a buffet! (Is that ghetto? 😂)

I so want to come back and take advantage of all Paris Landing has to offer. Lots of water activities!

It was so fun eating at The Lodge. We all love the atmosphere and the view here.
Taking time to smell the flowers. These trees are so pretty!
Madeline was telling us all about the tree!
Ha! My last five days of pics Madeline is doing this little turn with her foot. She says it’s her new pose.

And then we were off to the Eiffel Tower! There is such a great playground right behind it! The girls loved the playground as much as the tower. And there is a pool across the street. So if we ever go back in the summer we will bring swimsuits and towels.

Such a cute little playground!
AC making the most of the “little kids” side of the playground.
Madeline learned how to swing by herself this summer. She is getting so big! (Too fast!)

Ten minutes from the tower, there is the cutest little sweet shop that you absolutely must visit in downtown Paris. Be warned: it is closed on Mondays!

AC was so excited to visit the French themed sweet shop but they were closed on Mondays. Next time!

I made the girls stop at the Paris, TN welcome sign which was received with and eye roll but they humored me anyways.

Another picture?

Final destination? Hillbilly BBQ for their sno cones served with cream! Thanks to Aunt Emily for telling us – just like the ones we loved in Hawaii! I have not seen any with cream offered anywhere since our vacation there 3 years ago!

Sno cones at Hillbilly BBQ! AC got “tigers blood” flavor. 🐯
Both girls say this was their favorite part of the whole trip!

Thank you Paris and Dover for a great Monday! This was a super fun day trip!

If you want to learn more about Paris and the towers like we did, this is a good starting point.

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