Un voyage à Paris – A trip to Paris

Chers parents, as some of you are travelling to Paris for half-term, here is a list of places you might wish to explore with your children.

We will always be happy for your children to share the memories of their trip with us in class at Show and Tell and please send us pictures to keep in their files!

Please find below a list of places we learn about at St Jérôme and your child will enjoy discovering

Paris is easy to navigate on the métro and the city centre is much smaller than London and most places are walkable.

I have ordered the sites in order of importance:

1. La Tour Eiffel: the Eiffel Tower is a must!
Book your ticket in advance, as the queues can be very long: https://www.toureiffel.paris/en/rates-opening-times. I would recommend a ticket to the top floor.
I have always made my children walk up to the second floor and then there is a lift to the third. There is lots to see and explore and make sure you see the see through glass on the first floor and Gustave Eiffel’s office on the top. Take pictures of your child at the Tour Eiffel and email it to us please.

2. Les bateaux-mouches: the tourist boats
I like boarding them just before dusk at the Pont Neuf: http://www.vedettesdupontneuf.com/home/ so that after seeing Notre-Dame, you get to the Tour Eiffel when it is dark and on the hour the Eiffel Tower twinkles! It’s just magic!

3. Notre-Dame de Paris: the cathedral
Is really worth admiring from outside and inside. If you wish to climb, explore the towers to see the gargoyles close up and look for Quasimodo and Esmeralda (The Hunchback from Notre-Dame, written by Victor Hugo)
Another remarkable sacred gothic building on the Île de la cité is the Ste Chapelle, the children don’t know about it yet, but it’s a jewel! http://www.sainte-chapelle.fr/en/

Explore the nearby Île St Louis, where you can find Paris’ most famous ice-cream: http://www.berthillon.fr/

4. Le Louvre Museum:
https://www.louvre.fr/en Free entry first Sunday of the month.
Even if you haven’t got the time to go into the museum itself and find the Mona Lisa, walk in through the impressive glass pyramid and explore the underground shopping city, with the most wonderful collection of French Art books for children (and adults!) https://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/en/shop/museum/musee-du-louvre/ Early Christmas shopping essential!
You can walk through the gardens of the Tuilerie, leading down to the Orangerie http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/en where a whole room is full of Monet’s waterlilies.

5. L’Arc de Triomphe
http://www.paris-arc-de-triomphe.fr/en/
Children can climb it for free and look down les Champs-Élysées and sing “Aux Champs-Élysées” and take a photo in front of a sign for the avenue. If you enjoy cars, some manufacturers have impressive showrooms all along the Champs-Élysées down to la place de la Concorde.

6. Le Sacré-Coeur
Another wonderful place of worship and an excellent viewpoint over Paris. Don’t arrive through Pigalle station, which is not appropriate for children, Lamarck is much nicer.

Make sure you also walk into lots of boulangeries to eat some baguette, croissants and pains au chocolat !

Further references:

A quick guide to the Paris Metro
https://youtu.be/A3LymBzOZUQ
Song: Aux Champs-Élysées by Joe Dassin
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/pin/578994095817914804/
St Jérôme Pinterest board:
https://www.pinterest.co.uk/s_jrme/paris/
Films:
A Monster in Paris U
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame U
For older children: A Cat in Paris PG
Please consult https://www.commonsensemedia.org/ for reviews and to see whether you would find the content appropriate for your child.

Bon voyage !!! Have a wonderful trip, Camembear wishes he could travel with you!

Mme Chadier