Our Guide to Traveling in Paris with Family – Summer 2018 – Travel in 10 Podcast Episode 46

Our Guide to Traveling in Paris with Family – Summer 2018 – Travel in 10 Podcast Episode 46

On this edition of Travel in 10 we’re
going to Paris, France for a summer trip to the city. Really showing you some of
the top attractions that you can go check out on a first visit, particularly
a first visit with family. We’re going to be starting off with one of the most iconic
attractions anywhere in the world the Eiffel Tower. And one of our first
recommendations is get there early. You’re going to find that there is long
line ups, particularly with security and you’re going to want to arrive at least an hour and a half, maybe more before you’re planning to visit. We would really
recommend getting tickets in advance before you’re coming to visit. It will
save you money and save you time. When you get to the first floor of the tower
you’re going to find some interactive exhibits. You’re going to find a place where you can buy French macaroons & champagne other things as well as a great little
park area that you can go enjoy with the kids. It makes a great place to do a picnic.
At the top of the tower you’re going to find some of the best views anywhere in the
city. It’s three hundred and twenty meters tall and was originally built as
a temporary exhibit for the 1889 World’s Fair and has remained here ever since. A
great tip is there’s a small booth up top or you can get a glass of champagne
or sparkling water and toast the first day of your trip to Paris. To get some of the best views of the
tower you’re going to want to go just across the street to the Place du Trocadéro. This is really the best place if you want to get some shots for
Instagram that you’ll get a great view of the tower. In terms of getting there
we would recommend the Bato bus this is a great way to see the city it’s got
eight different stations that stop some of the most iconic places in Paris from
the Louvre to the Champs-Élysées to the Musée d’Orsay.
It makes a great easy way to tour the city. You can do the full loop in about two
hours, you can hop on and hop off as you like and tour around the city. One of the
star attractions the Notre-Dame Cathedral over 13 million visitors
annually and you can travel up the tower to the top. It’s going to be just a short
trip down the river to get to another one of Paris’s most iconic attractions
the Louvre. Of course this is one of the largest art galleries
anywhere with art going from ancient Egypt up to Western art in about 1848.
The star attraction of course is the Mona Lisa which you’ll find in room six
in the Denon wing on the first floor. But there’s lots more than that to see as
well. Some of my favorites were The Raft of the Medusa, Liberty Leading Her People or the Venus de Milo, that you can also see while you’re thereNot far from the Louvre you can also get
to the Arc de Triomphe. The Arc de Triomphe is really one of the iconic
symbols of Paris, built in 1836 as a monument to Napoleon and a great thing
is it’s got long hours during the summer. You can go visit anywhere from 10:00am in the
morning up till 11:00pm in the evening Then you can go tour the Champs-Élysées. Everywhere from buying a Louis Vuitton bag with Mona Lisa featured on
it, to visiting the Toyota showroom with some interactive exhibits for the kids
is another great stop, or one of our favorites is Ladurée. This is really
the original bakery for macarons anywhere in the world. They started back
in 1862. It’s a great stop. They’re not inexpensive but it’s certainly worth
buying a couple while you’re there. You’ll also find some great restaurants
in the area like L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. This is a michelin-starred
restaurant that’s right next to the Arc de Triomphe, so it makes a great place. And if you go for lunch, you can get the tasting minute menu for a little bit
more affordable price and then you would in the evening, so if you want to bring your kids it’s certainly a better time of day. L’Atelier des Sens is also not
far from here and this is a place where you can really get your hands on and
immersed in French cooking even more. You get a chance to try your hand at making
some local dishes. Here we were trying out an eclair making class.
They do these classes in both French and English several times throughout the day and are
very accommodating for the whole family. And of course not only do you get to
bake, but you get to try out all the treats that you made as well. Another one
of the top attractions during the summertime is Paris Plages. This is an
event that takes over the banks of the River Seine from July through to the
beginning of September, and really turning it into a seaside resort in the
middle of the city. You’re going to find some pop-up restaurants, and lots of pop-up
music performances as well. Another top spot to visit with the
family is the Jardin du Luxembourg. This is a 23 hectares of Park in the center
of the city, really designed to be the place for children in the city. One of
our favorite things to do were these wooden boats from the 1920s that you can push around the pond for only 3 euros for 30 minutes. But in addition to that they’ve
got puppet shows, a carousel and lots to see and do. In the Saint-Germain
neighborhood which is right next door you’re going find some great
restaurants to stop for lunch. Outside of the city a short trip away is Paris
Disneyland. Again this is somewhere if you’re visiting with the family, that makes a great
stop for for a day. It’s not as large as the Disneyland parks in California,
Florida or even Tokyo but certainly still a great place to go check out with
the family. You can stay right there at the park in the Disneyland Hotel or you
can do it as a day trip from Paris. Getting outside of the city there’s lots
of great smaller villages and towns that really give you a whole different flavor
of France just outside of Paris. One of our favorites was a small village called
Dourdan, where we stayed here in a home exchange with a family. It was a
beautiful little village with a castle at the heart of the city, and a
fantastic farmers market that you can go to on the weekends. This is on
Saturday, the farmers market there. In addition to that there’s a small castle
in the the center of the city. The center of the castle area has largely been
destroyed, but all the walls are still intact and we found it was just a really
great small diversion. It’s a great hands-on place for the the kids to go explore that’s not
nearly as busy as a lot of the other tourist attractions around the area and
made for a great place to spend an afternoon. Another fun inexpensive stop was
Playmobil Fun Park. For this one you’re going to need a car to get to, as it’s about an
hour’s drive from the center of Paris and in a small suburb. It’s a great
hands-on place where they have every toy ever made by Playmobil you can go on and play with for the day. Another great day trip, somewhere that we would say is
really a must-do trip outside of Paris is the Palace of Versailles. Again long
lines of security here so you’re gonna want to make sure that you have factored
that into your trip and I would really recommend coming and staying overnight
because there’s a lot to see and do in the area. There’s some great markets & restaurants and then the palace itself. There’s a great audio tour that you can take that
really tells you all about the history of it and and what you’re seeing as you
explore. There’s no doubt it’s a busy place, but it’s busy because it’s such a
great place to go really experience some of French culture and history. We
would really recommend looking at coming during their fireworks, that they
have throughout the summer. I believe this is on Saturdays, on most Saturdays
throughout the summer, that they do this, but make sure you go check their website.
There’s sort of a light show & music in the gardens and great evening
fireworks as well. When you get back into Paris, of course
coming during the summer you’re going to find it is hot, so you may want some diversions that get you out of the Sun. A great one is the Paris aquarium
this is located right adjacent to the Eiffel Tower.
It’s an easy one to combine with an Eiffel Tower visit for the day. It just makes a great stop for a couple
of hours to get out of the Sun. There’s a lot of great exhibits of different sea life
from around the world. In terms of where to stay, you’re going to find that a lot of
the hotels in the city will only allow a maximum of three people in a room so
if you’re coming with a family of four it means you’re going to have to get two
rooms, which can get very expensive. So, you might want to consider renting an
apartment. There’s lots of great places on Airbnb or VRBO or different sites like
that where you can rent apartments. During our stay this is a great one
that we found, in a residential neighborhood where we had a rooftop hot
tub, pool table, and lounging area to ourselves. It was less expensive than
most hotel rooms and a really great way to get immersed in the culture and some
great local restaurants as well. Hope that gives you some good tips on some
things to see and do. One final tip is make sure if you do check out the
Eiffel Tower, that you come back to see it in the evening when it’s all lit up as well. This has been a presentation of Travel
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    Great video and it still reminds our two weeks in this fantastic city this summer. Great video. I hope we will find time to finish our 🙂

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