Paris is a magnet for enormous number of tourists. It is considered to be the most romantic city in the world, the capital of fashion, the city of lights. The amount of “must sees” in Paris is overwhelming and seems never to end. The confused tourist tries to squeeze as many sites as possible in his/her too short stay. The end result is often a calamity.
We have the privilege of living fairly not too far from Paris. As our kids grew older and Bernard became four and half, we decided that it is high time to start showing them the most important metropolises of the world. Paris was to be our testing ground.
We aimed at a one day trip during which they can learn and discover the ABC of Paris. Before the trip, we showed them the most important monuments and created the wish to see the Eiffel Tower, the Arc of Triumph and the Notre Dame. This proved to be a great strategy, as they were genuinly interested as we walked and drove around the city, screaming of joy when they saw the buildings they learned about before departure.
We started with the Notre Dame Cathedral, then walked along the banks of Seine to the Louvre Museum. After lunch we strolled next to the Eiffel Tower through the Mars Fields, up to Les Invalides, to see the tomb of Napoleon. Then to the Rodin Museum. We ended the day walking down the Champs Elysees with the Arc of Tromphe in the background.