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Thoughts on our itinerary

Hi Everyone,

We are traveling to Paris and I was wondering your thoughts on our itinerary. We are a family of four with a 4 year old and a 7 year old. We need to consider down time for the kids, although they tend to be pretty well behaved when traveling.

Day 1 - Arrive early afternoon...nothing planned. Staying in an apartment in the 7th arrondissement and plan to buy some provisions for the week (plan to eat breakfast in the apartment and pack snacks and potentially lunch to save on dining out costs)

Day 2 - Late morning walking tour of Notre Dame, Latin Quarter and other historic areas of Paris (already scheduled and paid for) (nothing planned for afternoon, any suggestions?...considering musee d'orssay)

Day 3 - Late morning Louvre tour (geared towards families with kids already scheduled and paid for), afternoon Arc de triomphe with evening stroll down Champs-Elysees

Day 4 - (Nothing planned yet for the morning? Sacre Cour?) Tickets to the Eiffel Tower around 4:30 in the afternoon. Dinner with view of Eiffel Tower...suggestions on family friendly restaurants near by?

Day 5 Nothing planned - We have family in the Versailles area and considering taking a trip to Versailles, but is it too much with a Disney trip the next day? We could move Disney to our last day in Paris...and do Versailles this day but I am concerned about having a really busy day right before flights home, especially since we have to wake up early.

Day 6 - Disney Paris

Day 7 Nothing planned

Day 8 Return home (early morning flight)

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Orsay Museum - I'd skip it. It's almost always crowded, not much of interest for little people, and it will be hard for them to see much in the crowds anyway. The Rodin Museum has a large garden with many sculptures, good place to picnic. The Luxembourg gardens are another place the kids might enjoy. Very close to the Pompidou Center is the Anne Frank garden, geared to small children. There's usually street entertainment in from the the Pompidou Centre at lunchtime. There's little to enjoy on the Champs-Elysees. The Place des Vosges usually has lots of small kids on the weekends, much of the surrounding area is closed off to vehicles, lots of cafes, boutiques, patisseries and ice cream too. A Seine cruise with Les Vedettes du Pont Neuf - day time, or sunset (best), or after dark.

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If your children have read "Linnea in Monet's Garden" by Christina Bjork you might enjoy the Tuileries (gardens and a playground), seeing Monet's Waterlilies at the Orangerie, and perhaps riding the Ferris Wheel. This might work on Day 3 after the Louvre and before the Arc de Triomphe.