If you are planning on visiting Paris before or after Madrid, these are our suggestions, based on our own positive experience:

For those of you traveling with children and looking for information on activities suitable for families in Paris (and beyond), there is the invaluable guidance offered by Little Goguette, a website (French language only) packed with very useful information on kid-friendly restaurants, cultural exhibitions and workshops, suggestions for daytrips, and more:


If you would like to introduce your children to the Louvre or the Musée d'Orsay, there is no better way to do so than by booking a Treasure Hunt with THATLou, a company created by an Art Historian, offering dynamic tours specifically designed for families, in French, English, Spanish and German. They have also designed self-guided tours of the Latin Quarter for families to explore this neighbourhood looking for clues:


If you are interested in private tours for adults (in English) with an art historian in Paris, please contact us by email for further information: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For the foodies out there, the best way to sample and discuss the beautiies of French gastronomy and wine would be to book one of the excellent tours offered by Paris by Mouth. Their website is incredibly useful for any traveler to Paris looking for up-to-date information on chocolate, cheese, ice cream, wine, coffee and pastry shops as well as restaurants:


Across Madrid endorses these companies and services as an independent company, and there are no commissions whatsoever involved in our recommendations. We simply have been there and loved these resources, suggestions and tours!

© Almudena Cros, December 2014. Please print a copy of this article to use on your trip to Paris. It may also be quoted in editorial contexts only, with source and author.