If you're looking for destinations in Europe,
should be near the top of the list. Paris
Like any trip, be sure to plan ahead. September is the busiest month for tourism in
, so book your hotel room well in advance. You can visit after September, of course, but if you do, pack extra raincoats and umbrellas, because you will definitely get rained on. Paris
Upon arrival, kids with any sense of
Europe are going to want to see three very important sites.
. Hated when it was built as an ugly monstrosity, it's now one of the most famous landmarks in the world. There are four lines to get onto the tower, so look for the shortest one. Don't be afraid to haggle over souvenirs underneath it, and make sure to go to the top of the tower at least once. Eiffel Tower
Second, thanks to Victor Hugo (and Disney's) famous Hunchback, don't miss Notre Dame Cathedral, where Napoleon took the crown out of the Pope's hands and crowned himself. If you don't mind a bit of a wait and a climb up 386 stairs, the view from the bell tower is worth it.
And third, the Mona Lisa. This will require a visit to the Louvre, which is like visiting another city inside
. Fortunately, like all of the museums in Paris, anyone under the age of 18 gets into the Louvre for free. Buy your tickets online, to avoid a long wait outside the museum (or, if you didn't get the chance to do that, use the underground entrance in the shopping mall. That's where you'll find shortest line). Paris
It's easy to get lost in the Louvre, because the museum is huge. You'll never see the whole thing in one visit, so don't even try. Just follow the signs to the most famous exhibits, like the Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa, and enjoy the sights along the way.