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Favorite travel destinations for a 10 year old girl?

Favorite travel destinations for a 10 year old girl?

Dec 9th, 2006, 01:55 PM
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If you go to Monet's garden at Giverny, be sure to buy the book "Linea in Monet's Garden" ahead of time. My kids loved the garden. I actually had trouble getting them to leave.
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Dec 11th, 2006, 08:00 AM
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Our kids loved Paris, London and Amsterdam. Picky eaters will still enjoy the pastry shops of Paris and the street crepe vendors. Tower of London is a must. There are amazing doll house miniature shops in London, including a great one in Covent Gardens if she likes that type of thing. Rent pedal boats in Amsterdam to go from site to site via canal. And rent bikes just out of town to tour around. Madame Tussauds in Amsterdam, while it sounds touristy, has an excellent multi-media section on Dutch history. Look at familytravelforum.com for tons of articles on traveling with kids in Europe.
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Dec 15th, 2006, 01:50 PM
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Thinking back about my children's travel adventures, I would agree with above to start with London. Museums, theatre, Eurostar train trip, mme tssaud's,
giant wheel, double decker bus tour, Harrod's, changing of the guard, the Tower. Whereever they go, I strongly suggest Rick Steve's travel books. they are opinionated, give fun walking tours and your niece can be in charge. she can also be in charge of directing trip on the tube from place to place. magical for a child of that age. also when we first went to London, our friend in Europe sent our girls postcards once a week for about six weeks prior to the trip of places they would see. This was very exciting!

Paris might be nice too, but it would probably be better appreciated when she can appreciate the museums more.

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Jan 20th, 2007, 04:41 PM
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My daughters are ages 9 and 11 and we took them to Italy (Venice, Siena, Rome) last March and then we went to London this summer. Whenever I ask them what they liked the most it is always the same answer -- Rome!

We had a private tour guide take us through Ancient Rome and she was very engaging -- a great story teller. My 11 year old had studied Ancient Rome in history and was simply amazed that she could see where Caesar had been killed -- that sort of thing. One off beat place that I learned about through this website is the Cat Sanctuary in Rome (called Torre Argentina I believe) There hundreds of recused cats are cared for beneath some ancient ruins. The girls both adored this stop (although my husband and I couldn't stand the smell ...)

If she likes drama, London is the place to go. There are good shows and my daughters both really loved The Open Air Theatre's prefromance of A Mid Summers Night Dream. They also participated in a theatre workshop called Miz Kids and spent several hours one Saturday morning behind the scenes of Les Mis. Another favorite day was going to Wimbeldon. We did not get to see any of the big matches because we did not have tickets for them, but there were about a dozen other matches going on at the same time. They really loved having strawberries and cream and being a part of the scene there!

Have fun.
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Jan 20th, 2007, 05:43 PM
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Another book idea: Da Wild, Da Crazy, Da Vinci (Time Warp Trio) by Jon Scieszka. My 10 yo daughter thought it was great fun to read.

If your niece likes Harry Potter, she might like to visit some of the locations where the movie was filmed.

I have no past experience to offer, but for our upcoming trip, my daughter is drawn to the things she herself has heard of - so the Leaning Tower of Pisa is #1 on her list of what will "rock my socks" (and the Eiffel Tower too but not sure we'll get to Paris). She also wants to go on a gondola ride, climb every tower/dome we come across, spend a day at the beach, and see artwork by Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael. She is also excited just to go on some train rides.

There are lots of great ideas in this thread, I must run some of them by my girl and see what strikes her fancy!
Jun 22nd, 2007, 10:36 AM
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Well the trip is coming up; we have settled on Paris/London/Iceland (to take advantage of a good plane fare

I'm kicking myself because we won't be in London over the weekend, which means that some of the fabulous kids theatre workshops (Miz Kids?! pinch me, I would have thought I'd died and gone to heaven!) AND the only opportunity for Zorbing (in North London) that I found on the whole trip and scheduling her "Must Do" chocolate factory tour in Brussels is shaping up to be a challenge.

So, they will get in on the evening of the 10th. After sleeping in on the 11th (they think they'll be able to get up early but I seriously doubt it) We have from lunchtime on the 11th until late afternoon on the 14th in Paris (yet another example of fabulous scheduling on my part :/), then the evening of the 14th until the morning of the 17th in Brussels, and then afternoon on the 17th until early morning on the 21st in London.

The list of "Gotta do's" for Paris are: Notre Dame, the Catacombs, Eiffel Tower (going up) Louvre (brief visit), Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysee. Other things they've expressed interest in are various parks, at least looking at the Pompidou center, and the Cluny museum

Gotta do's for Brussels are: the chocolate factory tour that was on Rachel Ray's $40 a day (having a joy of a time getting people to do that with me on a Monday afternoon, our only available day :/), french fries chocolate and waffles, and the Mannekin pis.

Gotta do's for London are: a show at the Globe theater plus a tour, london eye, tower of london, at least seeing the horses and guards and stuff, not necessarily the whole changing of the guards, and the requisite westminster abbey, parliament/big ben, etc.

I'm in charge of planning out our days in Paris. I'm going to have to keep things fairly flexible....eg if she is really into the whole french revolution story she may want to add stuff like going to see Marie Antoinette's jail cell, etc. The Rick Steves thing is a great idea, and she will LOVE being in charge of walking tours.

Having a kind of hard time wrapping my head around the logistics. I'm thinking that taking our bags to the station and visiting Montmartre might be a nice thing to do on our last day, unless we felt like going and getting in the middle of the Bastille day craziness. My ideas for day 1 include either walking to the Iles and taking a vedettes boat, then doing Notre Dame etc, OR doing one of those seine boat cruise/go up in the eiffel tower packages, to avoid the thousand mile long line to go up the tower....

I'd like for the trip to be high on "memorable experiences" for my brother as well as his daughter. Like maybe having a late picnic dinner at the Trocadero, watching the tower and the boats while the sun starts to set....visiting the markets....doing the little sailboat thing in one of the parks....

and my understanding is that the Catacombs dont have very convenient hours, so have to factor that in right? for whatever reason it's really high on their list.

I've nver done the cluny museum so that might be fun, especially since they've never seen any Roman ruins etc, that kinda stuff will be super cool for them.

Personally I'd skip the Louvre, but that's non-negotiable. The Arc needs to be seen, but not necessarily climbed. Ditto with Notre Dame; think going up in the tower would be cool but my enthusiasm will wane once i see the line.... :/

Having no children and no experience with traveling with them, I could use some help with scheduling/pacing, etc as well as some ideas for food this picky little girl will eat. Pastries etc and French fries she'll do, but I'm not sure what else we can get her to enthusiastically chow down on...although I do recall hot dogs being on the menu in a lot of places. And my brother is bringing some Jif Creamy peanut butter for emergencies.

Another "I'm a terrible aunt" thing is that i didn't realize HOW far in advance you needed to request an invitation for the keys thing at the tower of London so we won't be doing that.

Does anyone know if its possible to do a tour of the Globe theater and see a show on the same day? I saw that they don't do tours DURING shows but would they, say an hour or two beforehand?

Input much appreciated!
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Jun 22nd, 2007, 10:40 AM
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I know I'm late to your thread, and you're about to leave, but you might want to check out this book real quick from your local library:

Storybook Travels: From Eloise's New York to Harry Potter's London, Visits to 30 of the Best-Loved Landmarks in Children's Literature
by Colleen Dunn Bates

It's awesome, particularly if you've got a reader!

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Jun 22nd, 2007, 11:30 AM
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PLEASE don't skip climbing Notre Dame and the Arch de Triomphe. Climb everything that can be climbed. I've mentioned this before but I'll say it again: Kids love anything that can be climbed to the top of and looked out of.

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Jun 22nd, 2007, 05:07 PM
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Good to know, Missypie. Ok, well, climbing it is....

Thanks for the book recommendation, Wabash, i passed it on.

any other ideas/suggestions?
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