Spring Break in Paris with Kids
M. Rice, New York, NY April 2, 2008
“Thank you very much for the recommendations in Paris. We used your preferred operator for our Kids’ Treasure Hunt in the Louvre and really enjoyed it. We had a 9-year-old and almost 5-year-old with us. Our tour guide, who is studying to be a curator, had a great booklet for the kids geared towards what we were going to see. She brought along paper and markers too and encouraged the girls to draw whenever they needed a break. Marie was able to present the information in a way that made it interesting to both adults and children.
As per your recommendation, we also took the Bateaux Les Vedettes du Pont-Neuf. Girls enjoyed it and we liked that it was smaller and not so crowded. We had heard about the fire at Deyrolle but stopped by anyway. They really lost everything. So sad. Had yummy ice cream at Berthillon.
We did a private bike tour and would recommended it. They had babyseats for the kids but also had smaller bikes available for older kids who wanted to bike. It is a great way to see the big sights of the city that aren’t covered on the boat tour. Lila, my almost 5-year-old, really enjoyed it. My 2-year-old had a meltdown one hour into the tour but we were able to lock the bike where we were and took a cab back to our apartment. Our guide picked up the bike later.
We stayed in an apartment I found on Parisperfect.com. Very lovely three bedroom one block from the Eiffel Tower. The Bergerac Apartment. They provided us with an extensive booklet with tons of Paris and neighborhood info. The apartment had a washer/dryer and an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower.
We took the girls to eat at La Fontaine du Mars. In the 7th, great “Floating Island’ dessert and they were so accommodating. Good spot with kids.
My Parisian colleague recommended two restaurants that didn’t disappoint (without our girls!). Les Clos des Gourmets was two blocks from our apartment on Avenue Rapp. Lovely room and delicious food at a very reasonable price for the level of food quality. (www.closdesgourmets.com)
We had an amazing dinner at Apicius on Rue D’Artois. http://www.restaurant-apicius.com. Gorgeous building owned by Luc Besson. The food and service were divine. It seemed like we were the only Americans which was great.
Despite the miserable weather, we really did have an amazing visit. Thank you so much for all the fabulous recommendations. P.S. the great carousels in Paris were a hit with my girls particularly when it started to hail.”