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Elmo in Paris: The Parisian Adventures of Two Parents, One Toddler and One Red Monster

Elmo in Paris: The Parisian Adventures of Two Parents, One Toddler and One Red Monster

Old Mar 21st, 2013, 02:11 PM
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We are about to go to Paris for the first time and we are taking our 23 month old daughter. I'm curious to know if you used the metro while there and did you feel safe. Also, I saw your post about your 2nd trip and how you decided to leave the car seat home. What mode of transportation did you choose to/from the airport? I really enjoyed reading about your trip and it bad been so helpful to me. Thanks!
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Heater29 - you do know you just topped a 3- year-old trip report, so don't hold your breath waiting for the OP (original poster) to reply. You're probably going to get much better/more responses if you start a new thread with your questions. Lots of Fodorites travel with toddlers.
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Old Mar 22nd, 2013, 06:35 AM
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I guess I'll prove hazel1 wrong although admittedly, I don't have much time for fodors these days!

heather29 - we did use the metro and did not have a good experience because we had a stroller and the metro has way too too many stairs and not enough elevators to carry a stroller and bags up and down. We use the subway in Boston all the time so we are not afraid of public transportation but it was too heavy to carry the stroller up and down all those stairs (and my husband is quite strong!). If you don't have your stroller with you, metro is fine. There is nothing unique about the Paris metro. It is crowded during rush hour and keep your hand on your purse.

After once or twice on the metro, we decided to take taxis and felt that they were well worth the cost. I put my younger daughter on my lap and used a seatbelt. I realize that is not ideal and would not do it for a long journey but personally was comfortable doing it for a short ride. The bus is probably fine too if you know where you are going and don't ride when it is too crowded.

We used a car service to take to and from the airport. I arranged for them to provide a carseat. They were fine. I forget the name of the one we used but I am sure there are recommendations on the forum here. It was a little more expensive than a taxi but not much and it was nice to not have to search for a taxi when we were leaving for the airport to go home.

have a great trip.
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Thank you for your response!
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Thank you so much for this trip report! We are headed to Paris with a 34 month old and this is so helpful! We also did Paris with a stroller when she was 4 months old, oy vey, it was tough! This time as scary as it seems to me we are going to take a back carrier instead so we can actually use the metro!
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