Alex and I have just been to Paris for a couple of days. This was a trip sans enfants to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday (it was a surprise for her) and very lovely it was too. We stayed at Pavillon de La Reine on the Place des Vosges, ate at some fabulous restaurants including La Fontaine de Mars (which is where the Obamas ate when they came to Paris, apparently), browsed in the gorgoues shops of the Marais and went to look at art in the Pompidou Centre.
None of which we would have done if we had had the kids with us (except the Pompidou Centre maybe – Toby would love the external escalators.) However, I do think Paris is a brilliant (if expensive) place to visit with children – there’s loads of stuff for them to see and do. Quite aside from obvious attractions like the Eiffel Tower and the big Ferris Wheel, there are lots of other great, kiddie-friendly places to visit.
This summer we too the kids to the Jardin d’Acclimation – an old-fashioned theme-park which is beautifully set out and was surprisingly tranquil despite visiting in August – I wrote about it on Have a Lovely Time. It seems a little off the tourist map – when I mentioned to the hotel receptionist that we were going there she said usually only French people know about it – but I don’t understand why – it’s lovely – especially for under-8s.
Another place I’d like to revisit with the kids is the Museum of Magic, and next time maybe we’ll take a trip on one of the Bateaux Mouches down the Seine. I love visiting cities with the kids – although it is always exhausting – and have devoted an entire chapter to visiting cities with kids in Travelling with Children: A Parent’s Guide.