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Old Jan 4th, 2003, 05:42 PM
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Paris with teenagers.

Any ideas on Parisian sites for a 12 and 15 year old in mid-March? Anyone had luck renting apartments for a week in Paris with kids?
 
Old Jan 5th, 2003, 04:40 PM
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We spent a few days in Paris this summer with our 15 yr old daughter and 13 year old son. I'd highly recommend doing a "Mike's Bikes" tour, it was a favorite of the whole family. Check out their website - we had a blast, saw and learned a lot also.

Other ideas will depend on the kids' interests. We didn't spend a lot of time in museums, but hit the biggies. The Rick Steves "90 Minute Highlights of the Louvre" tour described in his tour guide was perfect for us. We saw the major highlights, but weren't overwhelmed.

Daughter really wanted to go to Giverny, which we enjoyed but probably would not be good for a March visit. If you're into Monet at all, I'd recommend the Marmotten museum. It's a small private collection of his works and was very nice. We also liked the Rodin museum. These two small museums appealled more to the kids than the major museums - not so overwhelming.

I'm glad we climbed to the top of Notre Dame - the lines shouldn't be too bad for you in March. It was a very long wait for us in July, but it was worth it.

Sacre Couer and Montmarte were a lot of fun. We had the kids' portraits done at Montmarte and I'm really glad we did it. We spent a lot to have them framed, but they look great hanging in the family room and they're a wonderful reminder of a once-in-a-lifetime family time.

Have fun!
 
Old Jan 8th, 2003, 07:30 PM
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Thank you so much for your reply. Those are all great ideas. Where did you ride with Mike's Bikes nad where did you stay? I am still looking for apartments and am somewhat overwhelmed with the possibilities...
 
Old Jan 9th, 2003, 06:20 AM
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For the unusual try a tour of the catacombs and a tour of Les Egouts (the sewers.)

The catacombs were closed when I was there but my (then) 14 year old niece and 13 year old nephew got a kick out of the sewers. It's not as bad smelling as you'd think, though certainly no bed of roses.
 
Old Jan 9th, 2003, 06:48 AM
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Hi Bee,
The kids might like to go up to the top of the Arch de Triomphe.
 
Old Jan 9th, 2003, 07:49 AM
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Bee, if they're girls and they like to shop, take them to Gallerie Lafayette. It's a French version of a mall and it's utterly fab! I loved it and there are plenty of very cool, trendy boutiques there for teen girls.
 
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