About Victoria C
Lives in Paris, France
Since Sep 2013
25-34 year old female
I'm a modern day explorer, always on the lookout for my next adventure (or restaurant). I now live and work in Paris, where I'm constantly discovering new places and corners even after all these years. I love the train, the open road and eating good food in good company.
Castles, Historic Sites
Theme Parks, Disney Parks & Activities
Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals
Science Museums, Speciality Museums
The Bois de Vincennes is one of the best parks for families. Not only is there the Chateau de Vincennes (a castle which dates from the 14th century), but the Parc Zoologique (zoo), the floral park, a Buddhist temple, two theatres, cycling trails, play areas and plenty of space for picnics and running around. You can even brave a boat if you want to hire one to go around the lake. With a range of activities for a range of budgets, there should be something for everyone.
The Chateau de Vincennes is a 14th-century castle 15 minutes from the centre of Paris. Here you can explore all the nooks and crannies of the old space and be taken back in time. For adults and children alike, the history is interesting and it's a nice place to explore. It's also easy to reach and usually less crowded than some of the top attractions.
La Cite des Sciences et de L'lndustrie is a great space for a family day out in the northeast corner of Paris. This science museum is big and interactive (it's the biggest in Europe)- in it you'll be able to explore 30,000m² of space, life, matter and communication. Build a house, play with water fountains, see scale models of satellites and the Ariane space shuttle, and even experience weightlessness.
The park next to the Eiffel Tower is the Champ de Mars, which is full if possibilities for the whole family. You can sit with a picnic and take photos, playing with the perspective of the Eiffel Tower, take a spin on the merry-go-round, go for a pony ride, or simply hire out a bike and cycle around.
The Musée D'Orsay, which houses France's largest collection of impressionists and used to be an old train station, may not be the first thing that comes to mind on a family day out, but it certainly can be. My favourite art gallery actually provides an interactive guided tour for children aged five to ten, allowing parents to enjoy the museum themselves.
A list of family things to do in Paris can't go without mentioning Disneyland. This famous theme park is a fun place for children and adults alike, and is very easy to get to from the centre of Paris (about 30 minutes on the Line A RER train). In the two parks (Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios), you'll find something for young and old alike. For a break from the rides you can also head to the Disney Entertainment Village, where you'll find restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Notre Dame sits on the Ile de la Cité (City Island) and could be seen as the heart of Paris. It's central in Victor Hugo's novel, the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Bring the pages back to life by climbing one of the Cathedral’s towers.
I love walking around the Tuileries gardens. At one end, near the Louvre, you can sit on the grass and laze all together. At the other end, you can either wander around and look at the sculptures or the vegetable garden. You can also sail boats on the water fountain (east end). During summer, you'll also find an annual fairground there.
The Museum of Air and Space is over 150,000 square meters of family fun. Located in the former passenger terminal of the Bourget Airport, it's a collection of more than 150 different types of planes and works of art inspired by flight. This includes both civil and military aircraft, such as Mirage fighters, a US Thunderchief and the prototype Concorde 001 (the only place in the world where two Concordes are on display). In the Space collection, you can also find life-size models of the Ariane 1 and 5 rockets. There's also a planetarium.