The charms outweigh the challenges when travelling to Paris with kids. Here are eight tips to make this beautiful city child-friendly.
1. Apartment living
Booking a Paris apartment to stay in rather than a hotel was the most sensible decision I’ve made in a long time. I used the website VRBO to source my accommodation. The entries had everything I needed to know about each apartment including an owners’ description. I chose a studio in Arr. 4 which featured: the Hotel d’Ville (where we ice-skated at night); galleries such as Musée Picasso; a food market on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the fashionable Le Marais area, and it was just across from the Left Bank. (We were so close to the Notre Dame we could hear the bells chiming every morning). The owners lived in the US. Wife Alix was French and her husband was a retired neurosurgeon. A quick Google confirmed these facts so when I sent my bank cheque I knew I would receive the keys. A local manager, Thiery, was a phone call away if i needed anything.
I can also recommend Guest Apartment Services which has a small bouquet of beautiful Parisian apartments at the more upmarket end in great locations such as Ile St Louis and St Germain but still reasonable in price.