Notre Dame Clothes for Kids
What is better than April in Paris? I’ll tell you: April in Paris with kids. Although our most recent trip there was eight months ago, it’s taken me a while to get around to writing about it. And since April is a month that gets us all thinking of the City of Light, throughout the month of April I’ll be sharing stories, tips, and even some ideal itineraries for families interested in visiting Paris or just daydreaming about it.
I will never forget the first time I saw Notre Dame Cathedral. Drunk with fatigue and joy (and the one glass of red wine I’d had with dinner) I was nineteen and on my own in Europe for the first time. It was late August, and I’d arrived on a red-eye flight from Newark that morning with a cohort of my fellow students. After a bewildering day of locating my lodgings near the Porte d’Orleans, I’d managed to find my way over to the Rue Mouffetard where one of my friends would be living for the year. We had eaten a forgettable meal in one of the dive restaurants that line that street and were wandering in a golden twilight that to me was like something out of a fairy tale.
Just as it started to get dark, we emerged from the warren of Left Bank streets next to the Seine, and there it was, the façade illuminated and shimmering. It was as if every dream I’d had of coming to Paris since I was 12 years old had coalesced into one perfect moment. I remember thinking, with the hubris of the very young, “I will never be any happier than I am right now.”
Luckily for me that prediction did not prove to be true, but my affection for Notre Dame endured and it was rare during the ten months that followed for more than few days to go by without my strolling across the plaza in front of the church or wandering through the dusty light and spiced smell of the interior or admiring from the quays of the Seine the gargoyles and saints that adorn its higher reaches. But strangely enough, I never climbed cathedral’s towers. Perhaps it was my perpetual student poverty or my desire not to seem like a tourist or my confident belief that my adult life would contain innumerable visits to or perhaps residence in Paris; whatever the reason, I only ever saw the church from the ground.
So it was with great anticipation that I brought my husband Matt and our two boys to ascend Notre Dame in the summer of 2012. Despite good intentions of arriving early and avoiding the line, we showed up an hour before the towers opened to discover it stretching, as it often does in the summer, along the considerable length of the north side of the building. So while Matt waited, chatting in his Midwestern way with the people both behind and in front of him, the boys and I retired to the delightful rose-filled park behind the church where as they had four years earlier, the two of them romped and played with other American children, the offspring of tourists who fill Paris during the summer months.
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When it was finally our turn to enter, we climbed just shy of 400 narrow stone steps, whose surface had been polished by the innumerable pilgrims who preceded us. Now that my boys are older and have longer legs (they were seven and ten on this visit) I’ve learned that anything old with a lot of steps is not only a fun opportunity for triumphant counting, it’s a chance to hear their voices giggle and echo as if through the ages.
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