Taking your children on holiday by plane can be very exciting: packing their own little bags for the plane, watching the planes through the windows of the airport, finding their seats and so on. But then there comes the point when the plane takes off, their little ears find the change in pressure distinctly uncomfortable and you have inconsolable children screaming and other passengers giving you looks that could kill. Whether you want to avoid the issue of earache, or just want a way of getting your family to your holiday destination without a fuss, start your journey at Victoria Coach Station.
Victoria Coach Station is the central hub in London for coach journeys from London to Paris and further afield. You can take an iDBUS from London to Paris at a Mini Price of £35 per person (and if you buy four tickets, the fourth ticket is free, making it even cheaper to travel as a family) and how many children do you know who do not like riding on buses and coaches? The novelty of travelling by coach may wear off eventually, but never fear because the iDBUS coaches have free on board Wi-Fi and plug sockets (don’t forget your plug adaptor!), so you will be able to take enough games consoles and portable DVD players to keep them entertained throughout the journey.
Paris is an ideal destination for families because it has so many interesting things for everyone to see and do. If you thought that Paris was all about sightseeing and romance, read on for details of things to do in Paris that you and your children can enjoy.
First, though, be realistic about how much you will have time to see. Basically, as with everything you do with your children, estimate the amount of time it would take you to see each attraction on your own and allow three times that amount of time to see it with your children. For example, if you are thinking of seeing the Jardin des Plantes (the French do their botanical gardens very well), something that a fit and active adult could probably spend an hour or two strolling around, then expect to be there for at least half a day with the children.
Aside from the Jardin des Plantes, you could see the Pompidou Center, which has a gallery designed for children to explore in a very hands-on way and a rather nice gift shop; there are also plenty of cafés nearby to head to for lunch.
You could also take a walk around Notre Dame (there aren’t any queues, usually) and if your children happened to have seen Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame then they might just be sufficiently wowed by being able to visit ‘the set’ that they won’t mind that you’re actually taking them to look around a church. Nearby on Sundays there is a rather sweet market, the Marché aux Fleurs et aux Oiseaux (the flower and bird market).
So get a bag ready for the journey, head off to Victoria Coach Station and make time to take a trip from London to Paris with your children.Published in