Paris and London with kids - planning the trip - part 1
September 13, 2012
Last year my wife and I decided to take our oldest kids (6 and 9 years old at that time) to Paris and London.
When planning the trip we had several requirements. It needed to be easy and entertaining. We wanted to visit some museums and get tours around Paris and London, but kids should not be bored. Every day we should have ice cream and opportunity to visit playgrounds. Also we needed to have contingency plans, just in case of rain, museum closures and other unexpected events.
So I started very detailed planning three months in advance, and it worked for us perfectly. Well, not everything worked 100%, but because we had contingency plans not only we covered everything, we also had a lot of fun!
Here is our original plan
just after noon - departing from Frankfurt, Germany by train 16:50 - arrive to Paris 17:30 - arrive to the hotel 18:00 - dinner 18:45 - ice cream 19:00 - take subway to Eiffel Tower 20:00 - go to the top of Eiffel Tower 21:30 - go back to the hotel
June 14 8:00 - wake up 8:30 - breakfast 9:45 - ice cream 10:00 - 13:00 - private tour around Paris 13:30 - lunch 14:30 - ice cream 15:00 - Luxembourg Garden, playground, pony, carousel 17:00 - croissants, ice cream, and other delicious stuff 18:00 - Seine river tour 20:00 - dinner 21:00 - ice cream 21:30 - go back to the hotel
June 15 8:00 - wake up 8:30 - breakfast 9:45 - ice cream 10:00 - go to Louvre 11:00 - 13:00 - Louvre 13:30 - dinner 14:30 - ice cream 15:00 - 18:30 - playground, go to Montmartre 18:30 - dinner 19:30 - ice cream 20:00 - 22:00 - walk around Montmartre, go to the hotel
June 16 8:00 - wake up 8:30 - breakfast 9:45 - croissants, ice cream, and other delicious stuff 10:00 - go to D'Orsay 10:30 - 12:30 - D'Orsay 13:00 - dinner 14:00 - ice cream 14:30 - 16:30 - walk around Paris, moving towards railroad station 17:30 - depart to London by train