Granddaughter and I will be spending 5 days in Paris in late June. Any recommendations of places especially appealing to a 15 year old other than the usual "must see" sights?
I'd let your grandaughter do some of the research and chose places that she's most interested in--it really depends on what her interests are. Art? Shopping? History?
Mary: If your granddaughter is at all interested in fashion, the Musee des Arts Decoratifs (on rue de Rivoli near the Louvre) has an exhibition of fashion from the 70s and 80s. Maybe she'd like to see what kind of stuff grandma and mom used to wear! ;-)
We will be there with our kids and mother-in-law in June and are planning on the Fat Tire Bike Tour (3 hrs through neighborhood streets, etc). I found it on the internet and the kids (13 &8) are very excited about it. Also, consider a picnic at the Eiffel Tower, another of my kids "must do" list.
Our 16 year old nephew wanted to see the Catacomb's. My husband took him. Nephew loved it, but I skipped it. We were there over June 21 and they have the annual La Fête de la Musique, a lively street music festival held every June 21st in Paris. There was all kinds of music everywhere. We did the hop on and off bus tour with him. Went to the Eiffel Tower around sunset and saw the lights, but the line to get up was very long. Walked over the bridge from Notre Dame to the Isle St. Louie and enjoyed an outdoor cafe and shopping there. He wanted to take the trip to Versailles, since he had studied it in his High School class, but we did not have enough time. We only there 3 nights and on Mondays most of what we wanted to see was closed. We had planned a sunset boat ride on the Seine, but again ran out of time. Luckily you have 5 nights. Oh, and he loved the fact that at age 16 he could order a glass of wine with dinner in France.
Marie's nephew squeaked under the wire. Later in the summer France uped the age to 18.
We watch travel videos with our teenagers to help plan the trip. We also found the RS audio tours made the "Must see" art museums much more interesting.
I didn't realize there was a drinking age in Paris. My 16 yo drank wine at dinner most nights and no one said a word. Certainly it's not like the U.S.
Mary - my 2 teens had a lot of fun seeing sights they recognized from movies - Amelie, and La Vie en Rose particularly. Amelie was filmed in Montmartre and there are many places to recognize from the movie, the cafe where Amelie works and the Sacre Coeur being the most itneresting, imo.
I bought the movie Amelie because I knew of the setting and she loved it. I will look for the other one you mentioned. We also watched a PBS program on Marie Antoinette and a perfectly awful PBS version of Tess for the Dorset England part of the trip.....read the book or some other film version that stays truer to the book.
A prior post mentioned Fat Tire Bike tour. Local paper wrote of another company offering bike tours. www.bikeabouttours.com Has great reviews.