My friends Bobby and Sophia (nine-going-on-10-year-old twins) are headed to Paris for the first time. Pretty exciting! Their mom has been asking for some thoughts on where they should eat and what they should do. For a start, I sent them this:
But I have a feeling that the best City of Light scoop will come from their friends, sisters Penelope (11) and Paloma (3) who, you may recall, are seasoned experts at the Paris game. What would they recommend?
TRY EVERYTHING: Bobby and Sophia are pretty adventurous eaters, so probably will be game to at least give most things a taste. In terms of "kid-friendly, not-too-expensive" spots, soufflés at Le Cigale Récamier, Little Breizh for crêpes and Cocottes de Christian Constant come to mind.
DINE ALFRESCO: Paris is made for picnics and the Tuileries is a perfect spot to enjoy lunch in the sun. Other great spots to dejeuner sur l'herbe? Canal St. Martin, along the Seine, the Place des Vosges or the Esplanade des Invalides.
TO MARKET TO MARKET: Bobby is a bit of a gourmand so shouldn't miss one of the many marchés about town. Marché Raspail, Rue Cler, Marché Monge and Marché Maubert are favorites.
TAKE A WALK: The Metro makes it easy on smaller feet, but walking is also a must in Paris - the best discoveries can be just right around the corner, so get ready to go explore a bit.
SEE THE SIGHTS: There's so much to see in Paris! Why not make a game of it? How many monuments can you count? A game of Paris landmark bingo, perhaps?
PLAY IN THE GARDEN: Reserve a sunny morning or afternoon to hang out in the Jardin du Luxembourg. Sail a boat in the grand bassin, ride a pony or carousel horse, hit the giant playground (Le Poussin Vert), take in a puppet show.
TAKE A BREAK: You've seen the sights and played the day away. Find a sidewalk café and relax. Hot chocolate or citron pressé for you, a glass of wine or champagne for Mom and Dad - plus some of the best people watching the city has to offer.
TAKE PLENTY OF PICTURES: Of course we'll all want to live vicariously, so get lots of snaps, s'il vous plaît!
What tips would you add to Penelope and Paloma's Paris Guide?
Photos from Heidi Diaz and I Dream Of