Today, I am linking up with other bloggers posting on France - Simply Irresistible! I decided to post on traveling to Paris with children, because I've done it! I'll share the obvious highlights and a couple of secret tips.
Traveling with children can have its challenges (and rewards) no matter how near or far you are traveling. But, toss in a foreign language and jet lag and you have a whole other set of issues to contend with. But, having traveled to Paris with my then 5 and 8 year old....there is no city more welcoming to children. Come on....I'll show you how we did it.
First, we rented an apartment. On the Left Bank. Rue du Four via Elite Destination Homes. I just checked the rates and there is no way that's what we paid...so if you seriously want to rent an apartment, ask for their best rate. The apartment sleeps 6 and has an amazing location. And, a concierge. Seriously.....such an amazing way to travel as a family.
The lines to see the Eiffel Tower really are long, unless you get there early. Make a reservation for lunch or dinner at one of the restaurants there and you get to use a special elevator and cut the lines.
The hot chocolate at Angelina's is reknown...but the pastries are what caught my eye!
A trip to the Louvre is a must in Paris. But, it's huge. How in the world do you navigate it...much less with children? Enter Paris Muse. The company is comprised of scholars and teachers who love and live in Paris. They offer intimate, walking tours through all of the cities museums, but have a fantastic tour of the Louvre geared toward children and their parents. The tour is designed as a treasure hunt and keeps even young children engaged while learning. I highly recommend this experience....it was a highlight for our entire family.
After a tour and lunch at Cafe Marly (next door to the Lourve), walk through the Jardin des Tuileries and let you little folks take a spin on the carousel. Ride along if the child inside you wants to come out and play!
As a general rule, we tried to do our major sight seeing during the morning and after lunch we enjoyed one of the many beautiful parks and let the boys just be kids, run around, play on a playground or captain toy boats.
Over 850 years old, the architecture, gargoyles and rose window of Notre Dame are a delight for young minds.
Hemingway, Sarte and Picasso....all patronized Cafe de Flore. My boys just enjoyed their hot chocolate.
One thing I've learned is that children truly are adaptable....to time changes, to unusual food and to new experiences. What a thrill to see Paris through their eyes.
To see more about Paris and other delightful aspects of France, visit Castles, Crowns and Cottages!