Family Abroad

Our Epic Family Christmas Trip to Paris

Table of Contents

Christmas in Paris
Going Up the Eiffel Tower
The Catacombs
Pere Lachaise Cemetery


Paris during Christmas is something else, let me tell you. The city was all dressed up with twinkling lights and decorations everywhere. The streets were alive with the festive spirit, and we couldn’t help but feel the joy and excitement in the air.

Don and Edith in front of the famous Moulin Rouge building

The kids loved it too! They were running around like little elves, soaking in the holiday atmosphere. We visited the Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, and had a blast at the Christmas markets.

The Christmas Markets were a real treat! It was all lit up and decorated, and we had a blast strolling around, eating crepes and sipping on hot chocolate. We also picked up cute souvenirs and enjoyed savoring the holiday spirit.

At night, we’d walk along the streets, surrounded by the warm glow of Christmas lights. It was so romantic and charming; it felt straight out of a movie.

Overall, our family Christmas trip to Paris was a dream come true. We made some fantastic memories and experienced the magic of the City of Lights during the most wonderful time of the year. Can’t wait for the next adventure!


One of the top highlights of our trip was booking tickets to go up the iconic Eiffel Tower. Man, what a view! We were all so excited as we lined up, ready to conquer the iron giant.

The Eiffel Tower at night

Once we got to the top, the view was jaw-dropping! The whole city spread out beneath us, and it felt like we were on top of the world. We snapped a ton of photos and even managed to get a few with the Eiffel Tower in the background (bucket-list material right there!).

Aerial view of Paris at night. Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world, with about 28 million of visitors every year.

The weather was a bit windy, but it didn’t matter. We were having too much fun to care. After taking in the stunning views, we made our way back down and treated ourselves to some delicious crepes from a nearby street vendor.


So, we decided to dive into the eerie side of Paris and explore The Catacombs of Paris.

The Catacombs are an underground ossuary holding the remains of around six million people. It’s like a maze of tunnels beneath the city where skulls and bones are stacked in chilling patterns. It’s a creepy and fascinating historical site, definitely not for the faint of heart!

The Catacombs of Paris, France. They are underground ossuaries and tourist attractions

As we descended into the dark tunnels, we could feel the temperature dropping, and the atmosphere turning a bit, well, creepy!

The walls were lined with skulls and bones, neatly arranged in patterns. It was both fascinating and haunting at the same time. The audio guide gave us some chilling history about the catacombs and the millions of people resting there.

Closeups for skulls and remains in the Catacombs of Paris

The eerie silence made it even spookier, and our footsteps echoed like we were in some ghostly realm. But we were all up for the thrill!

As we walked deeper, the passages seemed to stretch on forever, like an underground city of the dead. It was a reminder of the past, and the layers of history Paris holds beneath its streets.

Tunnels and walls made of bones and skulls

Honestly, I couldn’t help but feel a mix of awe and shivers down my spine. There’s something about confronting the unknown that gets your heart racing! And let me tell you, the Catacombs delivered on that front!

After an hour or so of wandering through this maze of bones, we finally emerged back into the daylight, grateful for the fresh air and daylight.

It’s definitely an experience we won’t forget anytime soon. If you’re into spooky stuff or want to explore a different side of Paris, the Catacombs are a must-visit. Just be ready to face the chilling history lurking beneath the city!


You might think, “Why visit a cemetery on a vacation?” But trust me, it’s a hidden gem worth exploring. Père Lachaise is like a peaceful oasis amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s massive, like a mini-city of tombs and statues, and you won’t believe the famous names resting here.

Pere Lachaise Cemetery Paris, France

We strolled through the winding paths, surrounded by beautiful old trees and marble graves. It’s not spooky at all; it’s more like a place of respect and tranquility. The history is mind-blowing!

A view of the Pere Lachaise, the most famous cemetery of Paris, France, with the tombs of very famous people

We found ourselves standing next to the final resting places of legends like Oscar Wilde, Jim Morrison (yep, the rock star!), and Edith Piaf. People from all around the world come here to pay their respects to these iconic figures.

We snapped some pics and admired the artistic sculptures on the graves. Some were so intricate and awe-inspiring, it felt like an open-air museum of art.

One of history’s most passionate and romantic true love stories –  The remains of the Abelard and Heloise, star-crossed lovers that were buried together under this canopy tomb built in 1817

Père Lachaise was a unique experience, and it’s one of those places that give you a different perspective on life and death. If you’re into history, art, or just looking for a peaceful stroll, this cemetery should be on your Paris checklist.

Next time you’re in the City of Lights, give Père Lachaise a visit – you won’t be disappointed.


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