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Apr 20th, 2017, 09:00 AM
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First time in paris with family and my 7 year old

I will be in Paris from 16th to 19th May.I am staying at Accueil Hotel du Plat dEtain. One day I am blocking for Disney land.
Can someone suggest an itinerary for the rest two days.
I am not a very big fan of museums but still would like to visit one.
I also want to visit a non touristy country side close to Paris.
Any suggestions there.
Ps I am visiting strasbourg before coming to Paris
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Apr 20th, 2017, 12:04 PM
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So you want to see Paris in one day, and see some nontouristy countryside in the other day?

FOr your one day, I'd suggest you just stay right in dead center Paris. You can see the Seine, take a 1 hr boat cruise, see Notre Dame and Ile St Louis if you want, and visit one of the close museums, perhaps l'Orangerie next to the Louvre as it is much smaller. You can walk a bit around the Latin Qtr or St Germain if you wish or Luxembourg Gardens or Hotel de Ville are on the Right Bank.

There isn't any countryside real close to Paris that I'd call non-touristy, it's a huge city with suburbs that spread for miles, of course. So it isn't going to be rural anywhere close. The places easiest to get to have tourist attractions so tourists (ie, Vernon is relatively rural). I'm sure you don't want to just take the train 30 minutes to some place with no tourist attractions and not very interesting, so few tourists, just to walk around some town all day and it won't really be countryside that close to Paris, but maybe where a lot of commuters live.

So I give up on that one, see what others recommend. How far are you willing to go and by what method?
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Apr 20th, 2017, 12:06 PM
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sorry, I forgot you'd have a 7 year old in tow. I'd still recommend the central area, at least your child should like the boat ride and some of the parks.

Maybe take the metro out to Chateau de Vincennes, it's a real castle and that might be of interest, more than an art museum, for sure.
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Apr 20th, 2017, 12:11 PM
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When I was 7 I could stay full days inside 'le musée de l'armée' in the 7th, Invalides. Napoleon's tomb is right next door and Eiffel tower too. I don't think you have to see Paris, the countryside and DLP.

For DLP get the RER A towards Marne la Vallée, the stop is 500 m from entrance of the park.
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Apr 20th, 2017, 12:18 PM
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I was sleeping 4 blocks from your hotel yesterday.
Quite central actually. Metro Strasbourg Saint-Denis is ok but don't be surprised if you see some women lightly dressed. Some are working there.
I recommend the restaurant Cuisine et dépendances where I ate, rue Clery. very small so make reservation. Thefork.com allows it I think and may give some discount.
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Apr 20th, 2017, 01:14 PM
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You're going all the way to Paris spending three nights there (which means you just have 2 full days), you you're investing one of those two days on Euro Disney — essentially the same thing you could experience in Anaheim or Orlando??? Such a waste of precious travel time — and of the first opportunity for your 7 year old to experience Paris.

I've got a walking tour of the heart of Paris that I think is a good first walk through Paris. Download it at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/heartofparis
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Apr 20th, 2017, 02:17 PM
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16 to 19 makes 4 days - 3 nights.

DLP is great.
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Apr 20th, 2017, 03:03 PM
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Could be two full days to almost 4 days depending on when they get to Paris and leave.
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Apr 20th, 2017, 03:12 PM
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For non touristy country side close to Paris, you can go to Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse at the end point of RER B, a Paris suburban line. They have cattle & farms and forest over there, but it's really non touristy, meaning no attraction, other than wandering in the forest or on green fields.

But for the little time you have, I recommend you to stay in Paris.
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Apr 20th, 2017, 03:59 PM
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Take your child to Luxembourg Gardens to launch a toy sailboat along with Parisian children.
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Apr 20th, 2017, 04:36 PM
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Not exactly "countryside" but a small town that is great for walking is Crecy-la-Chapelle. About an hour ride.

We were there in 2015 and there practically no tourists in sight...lovely walking tour in An Hour from Paris by Annabel Simms.

Still...IMHO, going to Disney Paris is not something that is essentially "Parisian" or "French" -- isn't that the reason you're visiting Paris? With four days, I'd stay in Paris.

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Apr 20th, 2017, 04:42 PM
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With only two days to see Paris, I would also try to talk you out of trying to see "non touristy countryside". You just don't have enough time.
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Apr 21st, 2017, 05:53 AM
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Well, this may sound simple, but Louvre is definitely a must-see option. It's really interesting in there. I was there with a family with two little children (7-13), and they both were quite excited. Also, don't forget to get up the Eifel Tower!
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Apr 21st, 2017, 07:14 PM
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Thanks everyone for the precious advise.
My daughter has not seen Disney land before so that's a must.
I also booked a walking tour and cruise for day one.
Which is the best museum to visit with 7 year old.
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Apr 21st, 2017, 07:22 PM
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I will go as per everyone advise and skip the country side. So if eiffel, walking tour and cruise is day 1. Dip is day 2.
What all can come in day 3.
Do include restaurant suggestions.
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Apr 22nd, 2017, 12:43 AM
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Aarti, there are hundreds of websites devoted to what to do with children in Paris. Google. And no one can make restaurant suggestions without knowing what sorts of things you and your daughter would enjoy eating and at what price range. A guidebook is indispensable for visiting a new destination. There is also the official website of the City of Paris, which will give you more information than you can possibly use. We can't guess what would work best for you.
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