Imagine a kid asked about what he wanted to be when grown up. Have you noticed that being an archeologist happens in the top list? Well
Thank you Indiana Jones!
Feeling the way a treasure hunter feels is a wish this Family tour around Notre-Dame could fulfill. Provided with an activity booklet, your children will be helped by a certified art historian to unveil the secrets of Notre-Dame and to explore Ile de la Cité medieval side streets. Both informed and entertained, your kids will remain engaged all this 2-hour tour long and have to use their best observation skills. Like apprentice archaeologists, they'll discover indications along their way to solve a final enigma.
Everybody has his magnifying glass ready? Okay let's go on the trail of mystery!
- Discover the medieval side of Paris in a 2-hour entertaining walking tour
- Amuse your children with an activity booklet that engages their interest throughout the tour
- Feel like an archeologist as you find clues across the city
- Savor a complimentary drink in a typical French café
Your tour begins at Notre-Dame cathedral, just where the city of Paris was long ago born. Nowadays, the surroundings are vast and clear. By checking their booklet, your children will discover what the location looked like during the Middle Ages. Differences will have to be noticed.
Turning around the cathedral, you'll discover the beautiful church flanks, the archbishopric gardens with the genuine bronze bells on display. The incredible array of flying buttresses and roof statues will astonish the whole family.
Then your guide leads you where this old Paris managed to survive. Away from the district main thoroughfares, your kids have to open their eyes to discover next clues in quiet lanes with ancestral cobblestones. Should a part of the puzzle miss, the main enigma won't be elucidated. Every step matters in an archeological quest.
You next stop is the French Kings Palace, where other details are to spotted on walls or roofs. Raising one's nose up to the facades of yesteryear is not an option, but the treasure hunter duty!
Neighboring Notre-Dame, La Huchette district will give your family the opportunity to sneak through old streets, as narrow as they formerly were. The Saint-Séverin church surroundings is a bustling area, as lively as it was at crusaders' time.
A medieval Paris tour owes to include a glance at the Middle Ages National Museum. You'll walk along its precinct. Even from the outside, the building looks exquisite. Its Gothic arcades, its ornamental windows and skylights, its multi-centenary walls are surrounding by a charming garden. The last riddles are on sight and soon, your children will be the holders of the Paris name's secret.
Such a treasure hunt deserves a further reward: that of a drink, quietly sat in a typical French café, discussing last questions and lingering curiosities.