Since there exists such a surfeit of information on Paris, in guidebooks and on-line, I will not expound endlessly on the allure of the city, but rather just bullet-list my favorite tips for parents and their kids when in Paris:
• Read the Madeline series to your toddlers before you go.
• Get the Paris Museum Pass. Even if your kids are too young to tolerate museums for very long, this pass not only gets you into over 60 museums and monuments, including the Palace of Versailles, but lets you bypass the lines! We all know what a bonus that is with any aged children!
• The Museum Pass is not valid for the Eiffel Tower and, as of very recently, not valid for the climb to the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral Tower. If you want to avoid long lines here (or at least minimize them in the summer), visit first thing in the morning.
on-line ticket service. BUT, if you’re going in the summer, these tickets sell out weeks in advance.
• Instead of an open top bus tour of the city, how about taking a hop-on hop-off river boat shuttle service? Batobus boat service has passes for as many trips as you like during a specific period of time. They also partner with l’Open Tour tour bus service to do a combined ticket, offering you the opportunity to move between double-decker buses and boats on the Seine. These options are much more scenic and interesting for kids than the metro.
• With crêpes and Nutella, gelato, and croissants on every corner, your kids will never be hungry or complain about the food.
|The French have the biggest jars of Nutella I've ever seen.|
• Print out this splendid guide of WCs in Paris and take with you: http://www.slowtrav.com/france/paris/rl_restrooms.htm.