Here are some of my tips to a Successful family Trip to Paris…
1. Keep it Short
As adults a week in Paris can be far too short, but as a family trust me when I say that a week can be far too long! On my recent trip, three nights was just about ideal. Long enough to see the top sights and soak up some true Parisian atmosphere, but short enough to not get bogged down with exhaustion.
2. Space Sights Out
Immediately when we think of Paris we are overloaded with the sheer volume of sights to experience and it’s easy to rush around this immense city at a rate of knots lurching from one great sight to another. However, with a little one in tow things work slightly differently. We planned one main event each day and spent the rest sauntering and taking things easy.
3. Which Sights?
There are so many things to see in Paris but for us the highlights were the Eiffel Tower (of course!), the Louvre and Notre Dame. Yes we kept our stay relatively simple, but there are so many things to entertain children by just walking around the streets: crepe stalls, buskers, boats on the river, that it was nice not to overload ourselves.
4. Pre-Book Tickets
When we arrived at the Eiffel Tower on a damp coldish morning to the sight of a huge long queue, I can’t tell you how glad we were to have booked out tickets and time-slot online as the process of standing for at least an hour waiting to get a ticket might have put all of us off. Instead we headed straight to the pre-booked queue and were on our way to the top within minutes.
5. Locate Play-Parks
Just because you take your children out of their usual locality and deposit them into a big city, they are not going to miraculously forget their love for playparks. Thankfully parks are universal, free, and provide a great opportunity for both children and adults alike to brush up on some French and you’ll find many of them dotted around the streets.
6. Get friendly with Staff
When we arrived at our Paris hotel our daughter immediately informed the staff that it was her Birthday and it proved to be a great move! They swooned and fussed around her for our entire stay, lavishing her with little gifts and even a tray of fancy snacks (and champagne for the adults!) brought to our room. It certainly pays to ensure your children are polite to the staff and makes for a fun stay.
7. Travel by Bus
Every kid loves a bus so forget about metro travel and buy a (very affordable) day – or few days – ticket and take any bus, any time. We found it to be an easy and fun way to get around the city and you get to see all the sights, night and day, in comfort.
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