We only had a few days left before we met up with a family member in Germany, so we decided on a whirlwind tour of Paris. We rode the bullet train from Nice and booked a cute loft in the Latin Quarter. It’s a dangerous spot: there are multiple Boulangeries full of decadent treats within a minute’s walk!
On our first day in Paris we heard something from the boys that we never thought we would hear. “That was so much fun!” they said. They were not talking about a visit up the Eiffel Tower or a Ferris wheel ride in the park. They were talking about our visit to the Louvre!
We went on a private family tour with “Paris Muse,” which bypassed the awfully long line and took us on a top-secret mission through the museum. Our guide, Anya, was a young New Yorker who was great with the kids. She kept their attention and filled their heads with fascinating history! At the end, they decoded a secret message and got a prize. It was a blast! The bonus was that Rich and I enjoyed the tour just as much as the kids did.
Paris Muse offers family walking tours of Paris, including Notre Dame, the Louvre, and Orsay. Their tours include tickets to the museum or site.
Somehow, I managed to sprain my foot on our first day, which really put a damper on things. But a little Motrin and a few open-air bus rides did wonders. We were still able to see a lot of the city. We strolled along the Seine, played in the Tuileries Garden, visited Notre Dame, drove around the Arc de Triomphe, explored the Champs-Élysées and visited the Eiffel Tower.
And we dined and snacked and dined some more. Thank goodness we only had 4 days or we would have all gone up a pant size!