Next week I will be going to Paris for a conference (just a few days and we'll be there longer than that). I'm bringing my younger son along because it's his spring break. He is 17. I've been to Paris 4 or 5 times - still my favorite city in Europe! - but this is his first time in Europe. He's pretty independent minded, and told me he's really looking forward to exploring the city on his own while I'm in my conference for one of those days (the second day is just a half day). He's got a cell phone, we've got TMobile so we can use the mobile connection, but I guess I'm a little nervous about him exploring on his own (I can get over it.)
My questions are on where to suggest he go, and what to suggest he stay away from/watch out for. He enjoys the city experience like me (and unlike my husband and older son), and likes music, food, shopping, and the occasional educational experience. ;) (We are going to Normandy at the end of the week, so we'll be in museums and having the big educational experience then.) I will of course update him on the hazards of pickpocketers, scammers, and tell him to hide his phone away or hold it very securely.
My conference is at the UNESCO building. I thought he'd probably like to walk down by the Eiffel Tower, or over to the Ile-de-la cite and wander around by Notre Dame. He could also walk down the sidewalks of the Champs Elysee and see all the shops. But are there any specific destinations you'd give your favorite 17 year old to see? Or am I crazy to let him do this on his own? Obviously he'd just be on his own in the morning and afternoon. And likely only for one day.
Thanks for any suggestions!