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Going to London and Paris

May 18, 2012 - May 28, 2012

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My best friends are in Paris and London with my godson (aka, their child) for the next two weeks. He's 5 1/2, whip smart and loves superheroes and pirates. What absolutely fabulous place should they take him?

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    • Palais de la DecouverteAvenue Franklin D. Roosevelt, Paris 75008 France
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      Thais Guimaraes recommended Palais de la Decouverte
      A really cool place to go with kids. A science museum where you can touch and experiment with science. There is also a planetarium inside.
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    • London Lees commented on this list

      Checkout my London family guide! I have a 5 and 7 year old who have scoped out all the great things to do.

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    • Lyn Russell commented on this list

      I would also recommend a visit to Portsmouth. I know that's a little bit out of London but well worth the visit. They have the HMS Victory at the Historic Dockyard. The guides tell tales of how the Crown would go into pubs and grab drunks and make them sailors on the Navy ships. Also, they would take kids who would be pressed into service providing gun powder for the cannons (hence, 'powder monkeys'). Cool ship from way back yonder. A five year old would love it.

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      I would also recommend going out to Greenwich to see the Cutty Sark. It's not a pirate ship, but it's a beautiful sailing vessel (looks like a pirate ship to me - lol). You get to it by walking in a tunnel under the river Thames. How cool is that? I guess a 5 year old my not appreciate that but I thought it was pretty cool!

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    • Rachel Slough Eastin commented on this list

      If I was a 5 year old pirate, I'd love to take a boat ride on the Seine.

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    • Départ 104104 Rue d'Aubervilliers, 75019 Paris, France
      Rachel Slough Eastin recommended Départ 104
      Le 104 is an interactive museum with changing art installations and a beautiful carousel made up of giant metal bugs. When riding the carousel you can actually control how the animal moves different ... read more
      parts of its body. The installations are meant to be an experience, perfect for children and adults.
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    • Père-Lachaise CemeteryRue du Repos 16, Paris 75020 France
      Barbara Kossy recommended Père-Lachaise Cemetery
      Take a breather from the rush of the city and take the Paris Metro to the Philippe August station on Line 2. You'll be steps away from the gateway to this peaceful and leafy city of the dead, some ... read more
      renowned and some forgotten. Buy a guide map and find the burial sites of those who inspire you. A favorite is Jim Morrison, but you can also visit Moliere, Jacques-Louis David, Max Ernst, Alice B. Toklas, and Oscar Wilde.
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      He may like all the tombs at this historic cemetery. It would be a great place to play hide and seek.

    • Princess Diana Memorial PlaygroundThe Broad Walk, Kensington Gardens
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      Travis Katz recommended Princess Diana Memorial Playground
      One of the best playgrounds in London. Its huge, themed like Peter Pan. Tons of great climbing stuff for kids from infants up to 10 years old. The centerpiece is a big wooden pirate ship where kids ... read more
      can play. It is right in Kensington Gardens, one of London's most beautiful parks.
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      Travis Katz

      They must take him here!

    • Golden Hinde Museum1 & 2, Pickfords Wharf, Clink Sreet, London, United Kingdom
      Debra Murray recommended Golden Hinde Museum
      would definately give this one a go, its a must for the pirate lover....
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      Debra Murray

      would definately give this one a go, its a must for the pirate lover....

      Pro 2014
      Julia P recommended Golden Hinde Museum
      Giant replica of St Francis Drake's pirate ship parked along the Southbank. A great little stop!
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      Julia P

      He should deeeefinitely go to the Golden Hind, a replica of a REAL pirate ship.

    • Lyn Russell commented on this list

      Definately take him to the Tower or London. They have a nice museum with armor suits and swords and such. Also, the guides (Yeomen Warders/Beefeaters) tell great stories about the chopping block and Ann Bolyn and such).

      I believe that he would also enjoy the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Lots of horses and pageantry. Very colorful ceremony.

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    • Fat Tire Bike Tours - Paris24 Rue Edgar Faure, 75015 Paris, France
      Baxter Jackson recommended Fat Tire Bike Tours - Paris
      If touring around the City of Light on a fat tire beach cruiser is your idea of a good time, you'll love Fat Tire Bike Tours in Paris. American owned and operated, they cater to the English speaking ... read more
      tourist, so Anglophones rejoice!
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    • Catacombs of Paris1 Place Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris, France
      Baxter Jackson recommended Catacombs of Paris
      Nothing like a little taste of death to make you appreciate life, is there? The Parisian Catacombs dish that out in very generous proportions: 6 million people's remains are purported to occupy the ... read more
      city of light's dark ossuary. Since the 19th century, these stone mines turned catacombs have drawn those seeking the macabre deep underground.
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    • Natural History MuseumCromwell Road, London SW7 5 United Kingdom
      Fabi Capra recommended Natural History Museum
      Its one of my favorite museums in the world. It's in a beautiful building. There is so much to see!!!! They have geological collections, galleries of dinosaurs (it's famous for exhibits dinosaur ... read more
      skeletons too), blue whales...birds....wildlife..... Honestly it's amazing. Also, it's for free. It's really busy, so I recommend to arrive early.
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      Fabi Capra

      Well if he loves horses or any other animal, this is the place. Kids loves there!! Don't miss it!

    • Centre Georges Pompidou19 Rue Beaubourg, Paris, France
      Yellonero recommended Centre Georges Pompidou
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      Yellonero

      On the Right Bank, a few blocks north of Notre Dame, once you cross the river. A massive library is inside this complex that also includes the Musée National d'Art Moderne, if your godson loves books, it's a really nice place to take him. When he gets bored, the square in front of the complex is a fun spot to hang out - mimes, jugglers, all sorts of street performers (pirates?). Lots of street food too!

    • Jardin d'AcclimatationBois de Boulogne, Paris, France
      Yellonero recommended Jardin d'Acclimatation
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      In the 16th arrondissement, close to the Pont de Neuilly. There are pint-sized roller coasters and other rides here, as well as a mini zoo. It's located in one of the poshest neighborhoods in all of Paris, you'll see lots of rich kids and their nannies in this park; if you're lucky, you can take one of those classic pictures of little boys in their Navy outfit (you know, the one with the cute little hat and everything) dragging along their wooden playboat. Typiquement Parisien, non? =) That was a long time ago though, no idea if that's still en vogue Haha

    • Legoland WindsorWinkfield Road, Windsor, United Kingdom
      Monique Vanni recommended Legoland Windsor
      A great place for kids, and finally! An amusement park that does something different than the classic old Disney stuff....
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    • Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg)15 Rue de Vaugirard, Paris 75291 France
      Monique Vanni recommended Luxembourg Gardens (Jardin du Luxembourg)
      The gorgeous park has a classic "guignol" show, or puppets in English. Harlequin is of course the star. I went as a child, and my niece loves it today!
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    • MontmartreOff Boulevard de Rochechouart, Paris 75018 France
      Christian Gourdeau-Llb Bmus-Mmus recommended Montmartre
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    • The British MuseumGreat Russell Street, London WC1B 3 United Kingdom
      Pro 2014
      Matthew Crompton recommended The British Museum
      The British did a masterful job of robbing and plundering most of the world's ancient civilizations during their reign as a top colonial power. The hell of it is, a visit to the amazing collections of ... read more
      the British Museum will make you glad they did. Pick a gallery: Assyrian, Egyptian, Islamic, Meso-American, African, Oceanic or Greek: every one is filled with the most stunning examples of art and artifice from its respective civilization. The building itself is lovely and located in London's fashionable and historic Bloomsbury neighborhood; combining the museum and environs could easily occupy a whole day.
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      Matthew Crompton

      I have not met a five year old yet who did not love the Egyptian section of the British Museum. I would be remiss not to include this place. =)

    • Cité des Enfants30 Avenue Corentin Cariou, Paris, France
      Yellonero recommended Cité des Enfants
      A museum for kids within the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie.
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      Yellonero

      In the 19th arrondissement, near the Parc de la Villette. There are 2 separate sections, one each for kids under 5 and over. There's a planetarium, an Omnimax theatre, a very cool submarine, and other goodies.

    • Jardin des Tuileriesrue de Rivoli, Paris 75001 France
      Yellonero recommended Jardin des Tuileries
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    • Jardin du LuxembourgBoulevard Saint-Michel, Paris 75006 France
    • Big BenBridge Street, London SW1A 2 United Kingdom
    • London Eye Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB

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