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Now that I’ve got flights to Paris booked for next summer, I’ve been thinking more about what we will do when we get there. This is my favorite part of travel planning!
Since my husband and I went to France for our honeymoon and he had been there twice even before that, we’re going to keep our time in Paris short. I’d rather spend more of our 2-week European trip in Switzerland exploring new territory.
This trip will obviously be a lot different from our honeymoon. Even though my kids will be 11, 14 and 18, I know they will have their limits on certain activities. With that in mind, here is what I’m thinking:
We land at 8:15 a.m. and I hope to keep us awake most of the day in order to get in the correct time zone. I know that we may be dragging and not up for anything huge.
After dropping our luggage off at our rental, we will head to Arc de Triomphe and climb the stairs to the top. Last time I was here, I loved watching the cars in the huge traffic circle around the arc. I can’t believe there aren’t more accidents there.
Then, we can walk along Champ-Elysees for shopping (mostly window shopping). If we make it this far, I’ll be satisfied.
Hopefully we will be more energetic for day two. We can pre-book a tour of the Catacombs. We did not do this on our honeymoon, so it will be new for all of us. Honestly, I may back out of this and instead book a macaroon baking class for just my daughter and me while the boys do the Catacombs.. Since I’m slightly claustrophobic, I haven’t figured out if I could handle the tight spaces.
In the afternoon, we will head to the Eiffel Tower. Maybe we will have a picnic dinner on the grass nearby.
On day three, we will get up early and catch the RER train to Disneyland Paris. You didn’t think I would skip Disney, did you? We will get park-hopper passes and plan to hit the highlights of both parks in one day.
In the morning, we will head to Montmartre and visit Sacre-Coeur. This basilica was one of our very favorite places on our honeymoon. The architecture is amazing, and it has so many areas to explore. The whole area is lovely.
On our final afternoon in Paris, we can briefly hit a few places: The Louvre, Notre Dame (will likely still be under construction) and the Baccarat museum that my son wants to see.
That evening, I’d love to go on a dinner cruise with my husband. My kids would likely rather stay in our condo and have McDonalds. Seriously.
What We’re Skipping
I realize that this is more of a Paris-lite itinerary. There is so much to see in and around Paris. We are skipping many things including:
Versailles: We went here on our honeymoon and thought it was very crowded and overrated.
Museums: We probably won’t spend our time in too many museums. There are some great ones in Paris, for sure.
Loire Valley: My husband and I spent a few days in the Loire Valley on our honeymoon. I really wish we could go on this trip. But as a day trip, it’s a very long day with a lot of time spent on a train.
Mont-Saint-Michel: This is on my bucket list, but it’s just too far to squeeze in this trip.
Have you been to Paris with kids or teens? How did you spend your time there?
Nancy lives near Dallas, Texas, with her husband and three kids. Her favorite vacations include the beach, cruising and everything Disney.