The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children
Play • Eat • Shop • Stay
By Kim Horton Levesque
The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children focuses on what sophisticated parents with good taste want to know: how to see Paris’s most important sights and neighborhoods in a child-centered way—in this case, through the eyes and experiences of author Kim Levesque and her three research assistants—her 2-, 4- and 6-year-old daughters.
Each neighborhood is organized around places to EAT, PLAY, and SHOP, and STAY and filled with information on:
• Family-friendly restaurants (yes, they exist in Paris, but don’t expect to find high chairs), classic cafes where Parisians take their children, items on Parisian menus that appeal to American children, charming tea salons for your little Madeline, picnic places, and ice cream stands and parlors;
• Parks near major attractions, and how to feel comfortable in the parks, including all you need to know about pony rides, marionette shows, model boat rentals, and playground etiquette;
• Highlights of major museums that appeal to children, and how to navigate your way through them;
• The best places to find—at exclusive shops and chain stores—quintessentially French children’s clothing (espadrilles, striped sailor’s jerseys, and, this being France, perfume for babies!), the best baby gear, stylish maternity wear, and toys, including custom teddy bears, sumptuous dress-up costumes, and more.
The guide also includes information on finding dependable and trustworthy child care; English-speaking playgroups and bilingual day camps; words you may need at pharmacies, whether the problem is a sore throat, blisters, or an upset stomach; seasonal activities; practical advice on apartment rental; and rainy day ideas.
The author also provides fascinating glimpses into the lives of Parisian children: typical school lunches (a cheese course? bien sûr!); the all-important after-school goûter; the classic French layette; formula and baby food (forget applesauce, think ratatouille, , artichokes, potato leek puree); and all sorts of fascinating and useful information that will make your trip en famille easy and, most important, memorable.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kim Horton Levesque is the a travel writer and a French translator. She is the mother of three young daughters, with whom she frequently travels to Paris from her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She is the author of Pampered in Paris: A Guide to the Best Spas, Salons and Beauty Boutiques (The Little Bookroom).