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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice 12:48 - Aug 29 with 671 viewsurbanblue

Next month I'm leaving Australia with my 12 year old daughter for a big family reunion celebrating my Mum's 80th birthday at her home in Spain. At the end of the trip my daughter and I are spending 4 nights in Paris ... She wants to see the Eiffal Tower!!

Paris has never really been on my list since I went many, many years ago so I don't know much about it. Before I start hitting google and commencing my research I thought I'd ask you all for any tips or advice particularly on what area to stay in and indeed any decent reasonably priced hotels any of you may know of. A bit of life with cafes and small bars around would be good. Also any 12 year old friendly things to do or places to visit?

Cheers in advance ....
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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 13:06 - Aug 29 with 628 viewsfooters

There's so much to do in Paris that it's sometimes hard to say! I'd recommend the Pompidou centre and to avoid the Louvre, it's been a hectic experience every time I've been and there's no chance to actually stop and look at the works properly.

One of the best things about Paris is, obviously, the food. Almost every cafe or restaurant you can find is great. Provided you're not a veggie! Oh, and stock up on grub at a supermarket too if you fancy some hedonistic hotel snacking.

I have no idea what would entertain a 12 year old so afraid I can't offer much advice on that!

You're going at a great time of year too. Enjoy, mate :)

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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 13:35 - Aug 29 with 597 viewsfactual_blue

' A bit of life with cafes and small bars around would be good'

That's most of Paris.

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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 13:37 - Aug 29 with 590 viewschicoazul

Catacombs. Eat in the 11th arrondisement there's loads of great places to go there, and Le Train Bleu.

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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 13:37 - Aug 29 with 585 viewsfactual_blue

TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 13:06 - Aug 29 by footers

There's so much to do in Paris that it's sometimes hard to say! I'd recommend the Pompidou centre and to avoid the Louvre, it's been a hectic experience every time I've been and there's no chance to actually stop and look at the works properly.

One of the best things about Paris is, obviously, the food. Almost every cafe or restaurant you can find is great. Provided you're not a veggie! Oh, and stock up on grub at a supermarket too if you fancy some hedonistic hotel snacking.

I have no idea what would entertain a 12 year old so afraid I can't offer much advice on that!

You're going at a great time of year too. Enjoy, mate :)


Personally speaking, I love Paris in the springtime.

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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 13:42 - Aug 29 with 578 viewsfooters

TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 13:37 - Aug 29 by factual_blue

Personally speaking, I love Paris in the springtime.


It's all right in spring. But I prefer to wait for summer. Round the 14th of June is a good time.

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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 13:46 - Aug 29 with 568 viewsurbanblue

TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 13:06 - Aug 29 by footers

There's so much to do in Paris that it's sometimes hard to say! I'd recommend the Pompidou centre and to avoid the Louvre, it's been a hectic experience every time I've been and there's no chance to actually stop and look at the works properly.

One of the best things about Paris is, obviously, the food. Almost every cafe or restaurant you can find is great. Provided you're not a veggie! Oh, and stock up on grub at a supermarket too if you fancy some hedonistic hotel snacking.

I have no idea what would entertain a 12 year old so afraid I can't offer much advice on that!

You're going at a great time of year too. Enjoy, mate :)


Thanks mate. I went to Paris before nearly 40 years ago as a teenager and it's all a drunken blur. I do remember though seeing the dawn in a bar opposite the Moulin Rouge when, having drunk myself nearly sober I announced that I was going to see the Mona Lisa. I don't know how, but on my own, I somehow found my way to The Louvre just as it opened, staggered through dozens of rooms, looked at the painting and promptly turned round and headed out!!

I also have a vauge memory of this nervous teenager having a failed encounter with ... ahem ... a woman of the night, in the Pigalle ...

I'm sure this trip will be very different!!!
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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 13:46 - Aug 29 with 562 viewsfactual_blue

TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 13:42 - Aug 29 by footers

It's all right in spring. But I prefer to wait for summer. Round the 14th of June is a good time.


Yes - it gets very busy on Bastille Day a month later.

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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 13:54 - Aug 29 with 550 viewsTractorWood

I usually stay in this gaff:

https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Hotel_Review-g187147-d9604050-Reviews-Hotel_Saint_

I just wander around Paris eating and drinking. I always have breakfast at Le Pain Quotidien on Rue Des Martyrs:

https://www.lepainquotidien.com/fr/en/menu

Enjoy.

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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 14:11 - Aug 29 with 522 viewsElephantintheRoom

Most 12 year olds would give the croissants, bitter coffee and rude service a miss and head for EuroDisney. Be a shame to go to Paris and not take in Versailles though.

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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 14:28 - Aug 29 with 504 viewsurbanblue

TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 14:11 - Aug 29 by ElephantintheRoom

Most 12 year olds would give the croissants, bitter coffee and rude service a miss and head for EuroDisney. Be a shame to go to Paris and not take in Versailles though.


The strange thing is that she didn't seem too bothered about Eurodisney which kinda suits me. I think she considers herself too old now though I could see her changing her mind once we are there.

One thing she is going to have to endure is that I want to see The Maison De Serge Gainsbourg. I am a massive fan and could not go to Paris without going there. Versailles looks great.

My daughter loves Croissants and I'm a coffehead so looks like we will have to endure the rude service.
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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 14:29 - Aug 29 with 498 viewsSpruceMoose

TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 14:28 - Aug 29 by urbanblue

The strange thing is that she didn't seem too bothered about Eurodisney which kinda suits me. I think she considers herself too old now though I could see her changing her mind once we are there.

One thing she is going to have to endure is that I want to see The Maison De Serge Gainsbourg. I am a massive fan and could not go to Paris without going there. Versailles looks great.

My daughter loves Croissants and I'm a coffehead so looks like we will have to endure the rude service.


Take her down into the catacombs. Only takes about an hour to get through them and if you're feeling adventurous you can lick a plaguey skull while the staff aren't watching.

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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 16:02 - Aug 29 with 459 viewsEireannach_gorm

Go to the Rodin museum, its within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower.
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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 16:20 - Aug 29 with 447 viewsSpruceMoose

TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 16:02 - Aug 29 by Eireannach_gorm

Go to the Rodin museum, its within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower.


Pro tip - I believe the gardens are cheaper to get into than the museum, and a lot of the good stuff is outside anyway.

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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 16:26 - Aug 29 with 442 viewschicoazul

TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 14:28 - Aug 29 by urbanblue

The strange thing is that she didn't seem too bothered about Eurodisney which kinda suits me. I think she considers herself too old now though I could see her changing her mind once we are there.

One thing she is going to have to endure is that I want to see The Maison De Serge Gainsbourg. I am a massive fan and could not go to Paris without going there. Versailles looks great.

My daughter loves Croissants and I'm a coffehead so looks like we will have to endure the rude service.


French coffee is terrible to be fair.
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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 16:29 - Aug 29 with 440 viewsDyland

TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 16:26 - Aug 29 by chicoazul

French coffee is terrible to be fair.
Rule of thumb; whatever the Italians do well the French do badly and vice versa.


Except for wine and bread and cheese and footy. And what else actually is there? You silly sausage.

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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 16:34 - Aug 29 with 429 viewsfooters

TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 16:29 - Aug 29 by Dyland

Except for wine and bread and cheese and footy. And what else actually is there? You silly sausage.


He's been banging on this very strange theory for a while. He's wrong but just won't admit it.

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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 16:40 - Aug 29 with 426 viewsDyland

TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 16:34 - Aug 29 by footers

He's been banging on this very strange theory for a while. He's wrong but just won't admit it.


Chickers has some very strange ideas. Probably been smoking too much doobage.

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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 16:50 - Aug 29 with 411 viewschicoazul

TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 16:29 - Aug 29 by Dyland

Except for wine and bread and cheese and footy. And what else actually is there? You silly sausage.


The Eyeties are rubbish at football now! I can't even name an Italian cheese. Edam? Fair point on the wine though but that's your area of expertise.

EDIT; oh wait Mozarella is one isnt it, although that's an ingredient more than a cheese.
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Words are a medium that reduces reality to abstraction for transmission to our reason, and in their power to corrode reality inevitably lurks the danger that the words will be corroded too. It might be more appropriate, in fact, to liken their action to excessive stomach fluids that digest and gradually eat away the stomach itself.

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TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 16:56 - Aug 29 with 402 viewsfooters

TWTD travel collective ... Paris advice on 16:50 - Aug 29 by chicoazul

The Eyeties are rubbish at football now! I can't even name an Italian cheese. Edam? Fair point on the wine though but that's your area of expertise.

EDIT; oh wait Mozarella is one isnt it, although that's an ingredient more than a cheese.
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Your theory has more holes in it than Swiss cheese, buh!

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