We have a little over 2.5 days in Paris and I’m trying to be efficient with our time, so would welcome thoughts on how to group our sight-seeing. Wife and I have been to Paris a few times and have seen a lot of the sights, but it was years ago. We are bringing our kids for their first trip (ages 13, 10, 9), so we want them to get a flavor of the city. The goal isn't to see everything -- I hope the kids will come back to see more when they can. We are staying in the Latin Quarter, very close to the river, so we are centrally located.
Here is what I have on the list to visit:
1. Notre Dame (and the island where it’s located). I wasn’t planning to climb to the top, but could be talked into it.
3. Louvre – We plan to spend about 2 hours here, at most 3 hours. Kids will lose patience after that.
4. The gardens around the Louvre
5. We are taking professional family photos at 8am (sunrise) the 2nd morning at the Trocadero. We will be done by 10:00am. I’m am guessing after an hour or more looking at the Eiffel tower, the kids may not feel strongly about going up it. At least, that’s what happened last year in front of the Roman Colosseum. We will be there for sunrise, so if we go up the tower I think it would be nice to go at sunset.
6. Sacre Coeur/ Montmartre – Not a must visit, but a nice to have. Wife and I haven’t visited this in prior trips
7. Galeries Lafayette/roof top – Not a must either, but it looks cool, and we haven’t seen it in prior trips. We would only go if it on our way from other stuff.
8. Luxumburg Garden – also not a must, but it’s close to our apartment, so if we have time. I realize it’s autumn, so maybe not ideal gargen visiting time.
9. Montparnasse tower? If we don’t do the Eiffel Tower or climb Notre Dame, I thought we should go to the top of something. Not a must -- only if we don't go to the top of something else.
What we plan not to do --
• Additional museums beyond the Lourve – I think the Lourve hits the kids art quota for 2.5 days.
• Catacombs – that would freak them out
• Versailles – We are heading to Loire after Paris, so they will see lots of other chateaus, even if they aren't as grand as this one
Any logistical advice on which things to do and in which order? Have I missed something great that the kids would love?
Thanks in advance!