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Paris in August with 5.5 year old – yea or nay?

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This is more of an existential advice question than itinerary help request. I found that I can get us (self, husband and child) to Paris in August on FF miles on a direct flight. Child is about to start school in September and so travel opportunities will be somewhat limited by school vacations. Many folks (with good reasons) suggest that we leave her home until she is older, as she won’t get much out of this trip (or to be more precise, won’t remember much, which is not the same thing).

So I thought I will ask a board of experienced and travel mad folks to see if I am being stubborn in refusing to take off my rose colored glasses and imagining how wonderful trip would be for us and for our daughter.

A bit of a background:
1. Child is a good traveler, but has not yet flown longer than 4 hours or on an overnight flight.
2. We have very involved grandparents so leaving her home with them is not an issue. That’s what we have been doing for the last 5 years – travel as a family to beach and/or child centric destinations, and continue to travel as a couple to Europe since her birth.
3. For my husband and me, it would be our 11th trip to Paris, with the most recent being in November 2014, but hey it’s Paris. The choice of destination was somewhat driven by availability of tickets on FF miles on direct flight from our home airport (Boston).
4. She loves Madeleine stories and I loaded up on other books from library that would sparkle additional interest in France. After she was read Madeleine for the 1st time at 3.5 years old, she wanted to have her birthday celebrated at the Eiffel tower 
5. She does like traveling – she picked up the wanderlust bug from me (and I in turn from my mother). But so far, we mostly have taken her to Cape Cod, Vermont, NYC, South Florida and Dominican Republic. All trips were a great success but these destinations were either beach/pool/resort or had a heavily child-centric itinerary (like the trip to NYC). Her favorite thing in NYC was riding in taxis, of all things 
6. If it weren’t for imminent entry into kindergarten and having less time to spend with her, I think I would have still wanted to wait until she is 7-8 for the 1st trip to Europe. But for some reason I am reluctant to leave her behind this time.
7. Normally I would not go to Europe (with the exception of perhaps Scotland, Iceland, Scandinavia) in August but that seems the only slot for the foreseeable 6 months that we can take this trip. Then when the winter rolls in, we usually take her to warmer climes.
8. If we go, the itinerary would be extremely light on museums and heavy on parks, playgrounds and similar.

So those of you who took your kids at that age (and especially if you had a choice whether to take them or not) – how did it work out? Do you recommend going for it or does it make sense to wait a couple more years? Is Paris in August an absolute hell? 

Many thanks!

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