All these adorable attributes of the French capital are are well known the world over; enticing for young lovers, not so much for young parents.
Instead I would like to tell you about why Paris is a fantastic city to explore with your kids. I will give you my favourite recommendations about what to do, where to eat, where to stay and some of my personal, best kept secret places that you won’t find in the travel guides.
But let’s pause my story for a moment. I know you might be anxious about travelling to Europe, even more so to Paris with all the recent events that have happened in the past few months, like the seemingly repetitive demonstrations from the Gilets Jaunes (Yellow Jackets). You’ve probably seen unfortunate scenes of violence in the French capital on TV. Even the almighty Google suggests this one question when you search Paris – “Is it safe to go to Paris now?”
As a former Parisian who left the city in 2000 to set up a new life in London, I still believe Paris is safe and is still among the greatest cities to explore with your family, be it for a long weekend or a longer holiday.
So let’s resume my story about why you and your children would love to spend a week in Paris for your next holiday. Soon enough, you will understand why a week would be the perfect duration to fully immerse yourself in the city. And upon returning home, you will gleefully gushing to friends that you “felt Parisian for a few days”.
Paris is divided into 20 districts and a number represents each one of them. The oldest and most central districts start with a single digit number. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore further out areas like Montmartre in the 18th district or the village-y feeling Butte aux Cailles in the 13th District. The locals also like to divide the city into people living on the Left side of the Seine River vs. the Right side. We call it Rive Gauche or Rive Droite.
So let’s start with an important part of your Parisian journey: where should you stay.
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