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1. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 982 posts) 11w 1 Star this if you like it!

I am hoping to be in Paris June 20, 2019 to June 24 with my granddaughter who is 18. We are flying from Baltimore. On the 24th we will join a river cruise going down to Marseilles and we finish in Barcelona. The hotel is Renaissance Arc de Triomphe which is much fancier than I really need, but that is the hotel that the river cruise company is using and I want to avoid as many transfers as possible.

What suggestions do you have for things we should see/places to visit. The last time I was in Paris was in 1964, and I was there for two days. All I did was climb to the top of Notre Dame, went to the top of the Arc de Triomph, and tried to go up the Eiffel Tower on the first day, and took a city tour and went to Versailles on the second day. On a previous visit (1950) we did visit the Louvre, Versailles, Fountainbleu and shopped at the Galleries Lafayette.

This will be my granddaughter's first trip to Paris (or Europe). She cannot eat anything with gluten which rules out all those yummy French pastries. What kinds of things do you think my granddaughter would enjoy doing.

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1272 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Assuming your granddaughter might like some art, just down from the Arc de Triomphe is L'Orangerie where the massive Monet water lilies are housed - and then across the Seine is the Musee d'Orsay for some great art including several Van Goghs. And a gentle stroll down the Tuilleries and across the bridge to the Eiffel Tower is worthwhile even if you don't go up. And Napoleon's tomb in Les Invalides followed by the Rodin museum is very easy to do in either a morning or an afternoon. Sitting in a cafe on a street corner people-watching is a great way to spend an hour or so too. I love Paris; always something to do and so photogenic.

3. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 982 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Thank you. My granddaughter plays the guitar and sings but I don't know how she feels about art. I think her aunt (another daughter) has recommened the Musee d'Orsay, but I'd really like to see the Monet's myself.

4. Posted by Kathrin_E (Travel Guru 397 posts) 11w 2 Star this if you like it!

Set her to work - let her do some research and come up with suggestions. She can't refuse things she suggested herself, right?

Besides, I am yet to meet an 18 year old female who would not like impressionist paintings!

5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 982 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Oh, I intend to have her to the work, but I want to have some ideas too. I just went to the 'accessible travel 'website and they say that we should go up the Eiffel Tower rather than the Arc because they say that there is no elevator.

6. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 913 posts) 11w 1 Star this if you like it!

The Monet waterlilies in the Orangerie are worth seeing even if you have only a passing interest in art. They are beautifully displayed - you feel yourself completely surrounded by them. See my blog photos:

Other ideas:
The Sainte Chapelle is stunning and is fully accessible (see - and that website will be generally of use to you I think) - again, I have photos in my blog:
A stroll on the Ile Saint Louis and an ice cream from iconic Berthillon, eaten with a view of the river
People-watching in a cafe in the Jardins des Tuileries, before or after the Monet's
A bateau-mouche ride on the Seine (not sure how accessible these are?)
Check out the bouquinistes along the Left Bank

7. Posted by MAd4travel (Respected Member 12 posts) 11w 1 Star this if you like it!

Whatever activities you choose to do, either Musee d’Orsay, the Louvre, Tour Eiffel, booked your tickets in advance on line or you are going to be queuing a lot. June is very touristic in Paris and access to major attractions can be a pain.
Another thing not so weell known is doing the Catacombes, which is really interesting as it cover Paris history. Not to miss for a 18 years old is Montrmatres area and walking along the streets. I am French, lived in a Paris area and Versailles’s for over 15 years and my nieces and nephews are born and raised in Paris. Going to La Defense is also a difyferent experience and you can go up the Arch de la Defense and there is a lift. Don’t forget to do Paris at night when it is all lighted up. Ad you will be on cruise not so much interest to do the Bateau Mouches on the Seine river. Also a visiting Ile de la Cite and lets not forget Beaubourg. Definitely a must for your 18 years old as there are always streets artists doing all kind of show in front of it. And shops and the interesting automaton clocks ans a view again from the top of Beuabourg. I could keep suggesting but it really depends what your interests are and how long you have. Bon Voyage

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9. Posted by Andrew Mack (Travel Guru 815 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Quoting liamclowny

Among the things that you can do in Paris is.

Did you just 'cut and paste' from another travel website?

10. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1518 posts) 11w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Andrew Mack

Quoting liamclowny

Among the things that you can do in Paris is.

Did you just 'cut and paste' from another travel website?

Yes. And a fake stock photo from the internet. Post deleted and user reported to admin.