We had heard that if you buy the combo ticket for the conciergerie and saint chapelle you can skip the long lines over at saint chapelle. Thats not entirely true. If you buy the combo ticket at the concergerie, you will still have to wait in the security line at saint chapelle and that line is very long. However, you will Not have to wait in the ticket line at saint chapelle. So you get to skip one line,but not both lines. Everyone has to wait in the same security line for saint chapelle, even people with museum passes.
Regarding the conciergerie, The main hall is really beautiful, with lovely arches and a wonderful open, stone, spiral staircase. It's interesting to see the history of the place - palace, jail, museum. We had small kids with us who werent very interested in the museum. So we only visited the first floor where the prison cells were. We explained some of the history to our 6 year old and she liked the "jail" aspect. However, the attention of my kids wandered pretty quickly, so we took them to the little courtyard to burn off some energy. My 3 and 6 year old made sure that the pigeons in marie antoniette's outdoor exercise area have never been chased so vigorously. :)
FYI- the conciergerie is NOT stroller friendly or wheelchair friendly. To leave the main hall you have to walk up a pretty large staircase with at least 10 stairs. That's just to get into the prison cell area. To see the rest of the museum you would have to walk up many more steps. We weren't deterred by the stairs since we only had an umbrella stroller. We folded up our umbrella stroller, used the shoulder strap to toss it on my husbands shoulder and walked up the stairs. But this would prove very difficult for a larger stroller or a handicapped person.
Stroller tip: We had an uppababy g-lite which weighs only 11 pounds. I highly recommend this stroller for traveling in france. Since it is super light weight, folds up quickly and easily, has a shoulder strap, a high 22 inch seat back, and easily accommodated my 3 year old and 45 pound 6 year old (the high seat back is key to keeping an older child comfortable). I had 2 of these strollers in Paris and we used both for long sightseeing days when I knew my 6 year old would be massively unhappy walking for 8 hours. It was a LIFESAVER. There were no french stairs that we couldn't manage, no metro stairs that were too daunting! Thats the end of my stroller tips. I don't work for uppababy or anything. But I put a LOT of time into stroller research before our trip. So I figured I'd pass on any info to you fellow travelers. :)
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