Like pirates attracted to shiny treasure, we got dressed, grabbed our coats, and navigated our way through the 7th arrondisement until we found the dome.
Located just a few blocks away from the apartment we were renting for our Paris stay, My Traveling Troop soon discovered that the dome is part of the Hotel des Invalides.
With a quick peak into the Lonely Planet Paris guidebook that I had on hand, I learned the complex of buildings was built in the 1670s at the request of Louis XIV to provide housing for 4,000 invalides, or disabled war veterans.
Today, the compound houses museums and monuments dedicated to the military history of France. Under the golden dome that drew us to the complex is the final resting place of Napolean Bonaparte - a French military leader and emperor.
My family easily spent most of the day at the Hotel des Invalides, only leaving when hunger struck. We meandered back to the Rue Cler area, where our apartment was located, and found a bustling cafe where we could dine on some hearty French fare. My husband enjoyed the steak, while my daughter and I devoured French onion soup. As for my son? He tried to eat Napolean.