National Geographic’s Take On Family Travel to Paris

Here’s some great suggestions from National Geographic for an enjoyable family travel experience in Paris!

Excerpt from 100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life, by Keith Bellows

“Paris may be one of the most richly vivid cities in the world,” says writer Jim Morgan, author of Chasing Matisse. “The place is like one great piece of art. Every quarter, every street, every character seems painterly.” Most older children are familiar with the iconic symbols of the city—the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame, the “Mona Lisa.” But it’s the small scenes, the little moments that give this city its artistic moments. Help connect your children with its artistic luminosity before you go. Introduce them to some paintings of the greats who lived and worked here: Picasso, Cézanne, van Gogh, Monet, Chagall (some suggestions: Monet and the Impressionists for Kids or Usbourne’s Famous Paintings, 30 illustrated cards with explanatory text). Show them classic Paris scenes—Monet’s “The Boathouse on the Seine,” Marc Chagall’s “Paris Through the Window,” Van Gogh’s “Sidewalk Café at Night.” This gives the makings of an art scavenger hunt they can pursue when actually in Paris.

Best Family Trips: Paris

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