Pretend you are going on a trip to Paris, France. What would you do there? What would you see?
Did you know, for instance, that there are few cars there for transportation, compared with the United States? The main modes of transportation in Paris are bicycles and underground trains.
Of course, you would see the Eiffel Tower, a 1,063 ft high iron tower that was built in 1889. It was the tallest building in the world until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930. The Tower is currently the tallest structure in France, and there are so things to do inside. It isn’t just a tower, like a cell phone tower! There are restaurants and gift shops, antiques and many different views of the city from the different observation levels.
The river Seine is also an iconic part of Paris that must be seen. So many historical figures have walked along its banks! Napolean, Marie Antoinette, Lafayette, and many more people right from out of your history books actually put their feet down on the ground where you might be sightseeing. There are many museums, eateries, sweets shops and places to enjoy one another’s company along the Seine. A few playgrounds here and there, and the entire family has something to do.
But the most important place of all that any man, woman or child visiting Paris must experience, is the Louvre. The Mona Lisa is there, as well as Napolean’s Coronation. Many of the most famous paintings, sculptures and pieces of art are housed in the Louvre. There are even Egyptian artifacts! Mummies, and heiroglyphics, the kinds of things you’d see in Indiana Jones’ movies.
The entire family can enjoy the Louvre. There are plenty of exhibits for younger children as well as the grown ups, but even the younger children can enjoy the colorful, detailed paintings from hundreds of years ago. From a lady who has been there multiple times with children,
“In 2012, the Louvre replaced its more traditional audio guide system with an interactive tour that operates on a Nintendo DS. We were there shortly after the Nintendo guides were introduced and both of my sons were excited to try it, an auspicious beginning to our day at the museum. We decided to take the highlights tour, which guided us past the palace’s original medieval moat into the rooms containing Greek and Roman antiquities.”
To read the rest of Mara’s article about visiting the Louvre with children, go to this site: http://www.motherofalltrips.com/2013/09/louvre-with-kids.html
Even if you cannot visit the Louvre or Paris in person just yet, it is still fun to imagine and play-plan trips! What would you do on a trip to Paris?