So since my husband is away, he said “Hey! How about you go somewhere this weekend! Take the kids somewhere that they will love and have some fun. ” So.. guess where I picked? Paris! Now before I jump into the ugly part of this trip… I do want to say that my children and I had a wonderful time together! Now keep in mind our itinerary is only for 24 hours! 2-4 hours in Paris! Yes I am insane… some. 🙂
We booked via Bookings.com for the Citadines La Defense ApartHotels. The hotel is rather difficult to find. It took us an extra 30 minutes to find it after we arrived. So we ended up just parking at the Saisons garage, but I couldn’t find the parking garage for the hotel. For 24-hour it was 36€ to park in a secured garage. Though we found out that it was the same parking garage anyways. Citadines La Defense is a rather nice hotel. We could see the Arc d’Triomphe from our 7th floor balcony. I really loved the layout of this apartment (you will see in the photos). One room was the “2nd bedroom” which had a pull-out double twin couch (it was awesome! I want one!) and a dining area and then the second room had a queen sized bed. The kitchenette had everything that we needed stove-top, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave and everything we needed to cook!
We used the city metro and it was great! My kids have always loved riding on the subway. Kids unfortunately are not free to ride the subway (well at least mine were not). I went ahead and bought 2-day subway/bus tickets. I SHOULD have just bought 1-way tram passes to save some money, but with hauling 3 kids around I didn’t want to have to keep buying tickets.
What Did We Do?
The first day, of course we saw the Eiffel Tower (several times). If you are wanting your kids to release some stream there is a park nearby! We also rode the carousel by the Eiffel Tower & the river.
Then we took a 90 minute river cruise (which is amazing). Paris was beautiful when we were there. Not one cloud in the sky and the sun was shining! The boat cruise does have commentary in English!
We did a lot of walking around. We were going to go out to dinner, but instead the kids wanted some spaghetti. So we stopped at a grocery store near the apartment we stayed at the first time we were in Paris and plus it was right next to the Metro. Since Saturday was the only night we were going to be in Paris we had to see the Eiffel Tower twinkle. It is amazing! My daughter is in LOVE with the Eiffel Tower. So we stood outside of our hotel waiting for to go on. By the way, it goes off on the hour for about 10 minutes. The second day, we ate and checked out of our hotel. We left our vehicle in the garage and went back out. We went to the huge ferris wheel, but unfortunately it was not open when we arrived. If you are interested, it was 12€ for adults and 6€ for kids 3+. Then we went to the playground at Parc Tuileries and the kids really enjoyed it!
After we left, we decided to start making our way back to our vehicle to head home. But of course we couldn’t leave without buying some candied apples! After that, we noticed that the entrance to the Metro was closed so we had to figure out another Metro station. We ended up walking towards Arc de Triomphe on Champs-Élysées – Clemenceau (which is also a huge shopping district). We ended up stumbling upon the George Metro and of course RIGHT next to this station is a Disney store (FYI). We had to splurge (kinda).
Now this is the grueling part. Driving there was NOT bad at all, but the driving IN Paris was horrendous. We were stuck in traffic forever. I should really thought about the fact my hotel was clear on the other side of Paris. So in total our drive time was about 10 hours-ish. Keep in mind it is only a 4 hour drive. Coming from Kaiserslautern, there are 3 tolls going there and of course 3 coming back. Those tolls are about 30€ each way. I did buy gas leaving from here, but I ended up paying 75€ coming back and I still had to fill up the next day. It is a beautiful drive and you should certainly take it… especially going to Disneyland Paris!
There are a LOT of scammers there! The ones you have to really pay attention to are the teenagers and women that are wanting you to sign a petition. They will ask you if you speak English.. DO NOT GIVE THEM MONEY! It is scam and THEY will pickpocket you! Also watch your items while you are on the subway. These people are VERY skilled in what they do.
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