I'm a frequent user of this site but im struggling with planning a 3 day break with my wife and 2 children (2 and 7). There is just so much information and having no background knowledge of Paris i.e. size, location of main sites etc, im really finding it quite tricky to plan an enjoyable trip.
We are staying out near Nation Metro at the Best Western Le Patio Saint Antoinne, which from what i can gather is close to Notre Dame and this looks very walkable. We have no plans what so ever but i think we will need to combine Museum visits with plenty of trips to the parks. Le Louvre seems like its not the most enjoyable with children but i really want to see the Mona Lisa and i want my 7 year old to see it too. We have the Eiffel Tower booked to go up to the 1st stage as to get to the top was fully booked, but i am hoping i can pay the extra to go right to the top when i get there? Anyone know if this is possible?
I know the fun of visiting a city is the exploring so we will obviously play a lot of it by ear, i think a bus hop on hop off tour will help us get our bearings, are there any bus operators to avoid? Any recommended?
If any families that have visited Paris for their first time have any info that helped them make the most of their time i would really appreciate your help.