A toddler in Paris – a parent’s guide to taking a toddler to France

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I often beat myself up that my children haven’t been on many holidays. Then I remember that, actually Little L spent his second birthday in Paris…

As regular readers will know Monsieur Incidental is French, his family all still live in France so most of our holidays are spent in France. We have flown, driven via the ferry and taken the Eurostar to France, all have their upsides and their drawbacks. We usually opt to drive if we are there for any length of time, they live out in the countryside and a car is essential. The joy of driving means you are free to explore, next time we will visit Monet’s garden too.

Our trip to Paris came about because I saw the £39 deal via the Eurostar

You can always find deals in Paris if you look in the right places. We live really close to Ebbsfleet so we booked parking there, it really couldn’t have been easier (apart from the fact we left home a little bit late – we were very lucky there was no traffic!). We invited Vince’s parents to stay with us and they jumped at the chance of spending a few days with us. They found a super cool apartment in the suburbs of Paris and met us there.

We were only in Paris for 2 full days (3 nights) but we packed in as much as we could travelling with a 2 year old and 7 year old in tow.

Four Little L’s second birthday we went to Paris Zoo

Giraffe herd at Paris zoo

Giraffes at Paris Zoo

Of course he slept most of the way round…

It is a very nice zoo with a plethora of animals. Giraffes, zebras, monkeys of all shapes and sizes and my absolute favourite, Manatees. They were absolutely magnificent, although it would be far nicer to see them in the wild.

After the zoo we got the bus to the Eiffel Tower, the bus was very hot and took a very long time (we got a cab back) but we made it. There was a huge queue at the Eiffel Tower and the bottom was boarded up due to terrorist threats so we didn’t get the best photos, or go up like we planned to, although I have to say when I saw how high it was it made me feel sick!

We were all quite shattered so we headed home.

On our second day in Paris we went on the Bateaux-Mouches, the Champs-Elysees and the Louvre

Boy in orange coat stood outside the Louvre doing a dab

Big L at the Louvre

The Bateux-Mouches is fabulous river cruise down the Seine that takes you past a lot of the sights of Paris such as the Eiffel Tower, Musee d’Orsay, Notre Dame Cathedral and much more. It was really lovely and chilled and Big L was quite a hit with a group of Chinese tourists who insisted on taking their photo with him.

Afterwards we walked along the Champs-Elysees, it was March and the blossom was on the trees. It was gorgeous. We bought macarons from Hermes and went to the Louvre, which was packed. I managed to get a peek at the Mona Lisa, she’s much smaller than I expected. The Louvre itself is an amazing building and well worth the visit outside, even if you don’t go in.

All in all we had a lovely few days in Paris. I would like to go back either as a couple or when the boys are older and can appreciate restaurants and people watching more.

Have you been to Paris? Where is your favourite place to go?




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  1. Gude at Watermark Homes July 24, 2020

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