Jewish families visiting Paris

Dear Parent,

I am Flora Goldenberg, Professional Tour guide in Paris curating Family tours in Paris.

I decided years ago to help my visitors (especially families with children) find the best places to visit in Paris, choose the best tours and book the tour guides who are perfect for kids,

During your stay in Paris with kids, I will be helping you by phone, email and whatsapp before your arrival to make things easier for you, before even we meet in person.

As a professional tour guide in Paris, and a caring mother of two, I really want the best for your family as much as any loving parent would.

So do not hesitate to book my services and then give me honest feedback to improve my services for us and for the others in the future.

Here is the best options below, read them and then I will let you decide what is right for you and your family.

 

Send me an email to say hi, and ask me all your questions about visiting Paris with your family.

I will answer you in the next 24h.


My Guided tours in Paris for a Family with children


1. The Jewish Quest in the streets of le Marais

jewish quest paris for kids

Made for children 6 to 13

As we walk in Paris streets, during our classic Jewish Walking Tour, kids can feel bored and can be distracted.

I will bring with me a booklet with printed games made of questions + answers to interact with the kids during your visit.

The children will follow an educational and fun story line, to learn about Paris, its history as well as the Jewish history of France.

They can play with the guide, an open air adventure game to search and discover clues that leads them to find a “treasure” ( It is actually small gifts and souvenirs for the kids, that we give at the end of the tour)

All the small gifts and the souvenirs are made in France, they are picked by me personally and gifted to the kids (with no extra fees ūüôā )

Please give me in advance your available dates and the ages of your children so I can purchase the right gifts for each one ūüôā

jewish Paris booklet for kids


2. The Louvre Treasure hunt for kids

If you are going to the Louvre with kids, please read my article about how to prepare your visit to the Louvre with children.

We also crafted a new treasure hunt in the Louvre.

“Louvre, Le Marais … we have designed themed games for kids, depending on their age.

Sometimes, the kids send me their drawing of me, later when they are back to USA as they enjoyed their time a lot in Paris, and in its museums.

That’s why I love doing this family tour”

Louvre Covid19 2020 Paris Tour Guide Ben Jewish Louvre Tour

5. Safe Bike Tour in Paris city

We can rent bikes and helmets, then take a safe bike tour in the city, in beautiful charming area adapted for bikes and away from traffic and cars.

We will use the special bike lanes in the tour to discover the main monuments with stops to eat, to talk about the history of Paris, the urban evolution, the culture of this amazing city, the beautiful landmarks and architecture .

We can also go to Versailles and take a bike tour or a golf cart tour in the garden.

 Age of 10 to 16


6. For Mother-Daughter time in Paris

I am inspired by a visitor question to have a special mother daughter time in Paris and here are my ideas
– thanks to my visitor Hilary who suggests the interesting ideas:

Flora Tour Guide Paris

1 – The flea market

The flea market is a good choice and nice place and there are really nice vintage shops with lots of Chanel, and other designers clothes, shoes and jewelry, as well as vintage furniture, and lots of fun shops.
There are 2 very good restaurants next to the flea market : One was designed by Philippe Starck, and it is called Ma Cocotte. The other one, a traditional food bistrot with a charming parisian ambiance, is called the Paul Bert , and if you saw the movie Midnight in Paris, some of the movie scenes were shot there.
Please note that the flea markets are open only on saturdays and sundays. 

Flea market tour Paris

2 РFood Markets 

There are lots of great food markets in Paris. It will be fun to do with you daughter.
The ones I recommend are :
– the food markets on Rue Montorgueil (mornings from Tuesdays to Sundays)
– the food markets on Rue Mouffetard (mornings from Tuesdays to Sundays)
Рthe food markets at Maubert Mutualité (every Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday Mornings)
РMarché des Enfant Rouge is the market where I buy my food as it is next to my place , where you can also have a delicious lunch with only organic food ! ( open all day from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and only Sundays mornings).
If the weather is nice, you can enjoy a tour with Benjamin, and a nice picnic in a parc or by the river in Sully,
with the food from the markets (It is a very Parisian thing to do !) 

 

3 РGo to local Cafés

You can also have a very good tea or a delicious hot chocolate and pastry at these places :
РLocals go to Le loire dans la théière, amazing tarts and lots of different teas
РTry one of the beautiful Palaces in Paris, like the Ritz, or the Meurice, or Plaza Athénée to see the beautiful french architectures
– try the famous hot chocolate at Angelina

4 – A cooking class

with food markets (it would actually combine both). You should look at this website. Their classes are great : 

¬†5 –¬†A fashion tour at Legeron

an amazing little atelier, where they still make flowers and feathers for the Haute Couture (everything is done by hand, and you can see all the steps in making these). They make the Camellias for Chanel for example, or fleowers for Louboutin shoes etc.
Ask me for the “Meeting the French Tour” by email : flora.goldenberg@gmail.com

4. MONTMARTRE ARTISTS SQUARE

We will go in Montmartre to discover the artistic neighborhood in Paris . We can visit the Artists square where kids can ask the painters to make a funny caricature of them and keep a nice souvenir !

For all ages

6. VERSAILLES PALACE + GARDENS + GOLF CARTS or BIKE TOUR

We can visit the Palace of Versailles in the morning and hear about the life of a King and a Queen of France. Lots of fun story and anecdotes to hear about their life in the the 17th and 18th centuries.

In the afternoon, you can rent bicycles in the gardens, see the fountains show, and visit the Petit Trianon (Marie Antoinette’s palace) and the hamlets of the Queen (amazing village with cute houses, its bridges and watermills, and the farm of Marie Antoinette).

I advise ou to take a Uber, a Cab or the Train to go there together

Or if you wish we can book a private driver with van for the day

When contacting me, please let me know how many you are to advise you better for the transportation means

For all ages


For all ages :

Organic Food markets, Flea Markets, Picnics in Luxembourg Gardens

 

Here are all the markets I recommend for the Fresh Organic Healthy food in my area , le Marais Jewish Quarter :

Market Name Products Arrondissement Localisation Address DAYS
MARCH√Č SAINT-HONORE Organic fresh Food 1st place du March√© Saint Honor√© sur les trottoirs de la voie situ√©e cot√© pair Wednesday, Thursday
MARCH√Č LES HALLES Organic fresh Food 1st rue Montmartre sur la chauss√©e entre les rue de Turbigo et du Jour Thursday, Sunday
MARCH√Č BOURSE Organic fresh Food 2nd place de la Bourse, en vis √† vis des 27 et 29 rue Vivienne Tuesday and Friday
MARCH√Č AUX OISEAUX CITE Birds 4th Place Louis L√©pine (sous les auvents du march√© aux fleurs) Sunday
MARCH√Č AUX FLEURS CITE Flours 4th Place Louis L√©pine et Quai de la Corse Everyday
MARCH√Č BAUDOYER Organic fresh Food 4th place Baudoyer Wednesday , Saturday
MARCH√Č MONGE Organic fresh Food 5th place Monge Wednesday Friday Sunday
MARCH√Č PORT-ROYAL Organic fresh Food 5th boulevard de Port Royal, le long du Val de Gr√Ęce Tuesday Thursday Saturday
MARCH√Č MAUBERT Organic fresh Food 5th place Maubert Tuesday Thursday Saturday
MARCH√Č RASPAIL Organic fresh Food 6th terre-plein du boulevard entre les rues de Rennes et du Cherche Midi Tuesday Friday
MARCH√Č BIOLOGIQUE RASPAIL Organic fresh Food 6th terre-plein du boulevard entre les rues de Rennes et du Cherche Midi Saunday

 

For All markets , here is a map I made :


Tours for Kids fan of science in Paris


7. The Medicine Tour of Paris

Evolution of science in Paris for curious and sciency kids

Medicine tour with a Jewish tour guide in Paris

We will start with the general History of Paris at the beautiful botanic gardens in the heart of Paris called : Jardin des Plantes, next to the trendy Saint Germain area.

During the Medicine Tour, we will visit the Parisian Garden of Plants, which is the main botanical garden in all France, then the beautiful Latin Quarter to see the University area in the heart of Paris, (and a visit to the Museum of Medicine History, depending on the opening days of the museum)

‚ÄúH√īpital‚ÄĚ is French for hospital. It is an old word borrowed from Latin ‚ÄúHospitńĀlis‚ÄĚ which means hospice or shelter. Hospitals in Paris were, at first, shelters. Thanks to the Parisian physicians, their functions in Paris evolved rapidly during the last centuries.

We will discover how the hospitals evolved from a simple caritative, religious shelter, a refuge for pelgrim to a hub for innovation and medical experiementations that lead to today famous discoveries.

This progress was not easy : I will tell you stories about the struggles, with the church and the conservative french society, the anecdotes about the Medicine at the Royal French Court, amusing tales about famous Kings injuries and how doctors did life-threatening surgeries on their Kings, amazing medical discoveries in Paris, like Pasteur and his vaccination, pasteurization. We will see how limited were the tools for medical exploration during the middle ages, and how brilliant was the creativity and the talent of the doctors …

We will also see and talk about the different Paris buildings architectures, and how the hospital architecture evolved to adapt to its new functions.

We will go and walk in the beautiful Latin Quarter and see the University of Medicine of Paris, and we will talk about the actual situation, and how the doctors roles and perception evolved till today !

We will finish the visit with the Museum of¬†Medicine¬†History ‚Ästavailable only on certain days ‚ÄstThe museum is near the University, and I will recommend you some places to visit on your own in Paris

 

8. Arts et Metiers Museums

If your kids is a big fan of science and experiments, please take him to the Arts and Metier Museum : We will talk about the Craziest experiements done in Paris, to measure the speed of sound, to measure the speed of light, to lauch a hot air ballon, to test airplanes…

We will see the inventions that were litterally railed-in the Arts & Metier Museum, during the previous centuries.

Learning tours for kids in Paris


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Transportation


If you land in Charles de Gaulles Airport / Orly Airport 

TRAIN¬† ‚ā¨

You can take the train RER B from the Charles de Gaulles to go to Paris Center. The train is the cheapest option. It is considered safe and costs about 10,30 euros for adults and 7 euro for children, to come to Paris Center then you have to switch to the metro to get to your hotel.

Use RATP public services to get a free map. You can buy tickets at any metro gate. it costs about 1.90 euro. Or buy 10 tickets for a good price ( it is called Carnet in french ) a city pass Navigo for the stay.

From Orly, there is a special Orly Bus to come Paris ( Metro station is Denfert-Rochereau) where you can switch to Metro. You can also use the train ( which is a more complicated way as you need to take the Train T7 to catch the RER C and then carefully choose the right train with destination “Paris Saint Michel”)

Please make sure that you buy tickets only and the metro gates with the RATP officials, they wear green uniforms and very kind to help visitors in Paris. Or use the Automated machines. Don’t buy tickets from strangers.

Taxi, Uber¬†‚ā¨‚ā¨

But, If you want an easier option, you can take a driver for an airport pick-up or use Uber, or use the taxi lane.

Please, avoid to ride with strangers who doesn’t have the official taxi license or VTC license. Verify the taxi green light above the vehicule.

¬†Personal Driver¬†‚ā¨‚ā¨‚ā¨

Day trips from Paris with Flora & Sam

I recommend Sam, as he is a professional private driver with a Mercedes comfortable van (Class V 7 seats ) suitable for families with kids.

He will wait for you at the gates, help you with all the luggages and the stroller … He will drive you to the hotel comfortably.

Sam is very friendly, safe and a comfortable driver.

He will use your flight information and come to pick you up at the arrival gates on time and then help with everything you need, take you to the Hotel doors,

You can even ask him to tour a little bit around the famous monuments and beautiful landmark on your way to the hotel.

If you are coming to Paris during a layover, ask him for a short Layover tour of Paris

Transportation : If you come from le Havre

OPTION 1 : Train TGV SNCF ‚ā¨‚ā¨

OPTION 2 : Book a Personal Driver¬†‚ā¨‚ā¨‚ā¨

Sam is professional, high quality driver and works for prestigious clients.

He can provide services like Airport Pick-up at the arrival gates, he can stay at your entire disposal by the hour or the entire day, or organize city tours with him, day trips from Paris …¬†


contact me by Email : Flora.Goldenberg@gmail.com or Whatsapp +33616304735


Flora Tour Guide in Paris with Livia


Remember that this is just my personal honest opinion. In case of emergency call 17.


Health and Security Phone Numbers

if you have kids with you in Paris or if you are pregnant :

For Pregnants : send me an email and I will try to give you the best restaurants depending on your diet

For Parents : Take note of these phone numbers on paper, and it works better using a French sim card :

SOS Police : 17  Or 911

SOS Medic ( or SAMU in French) : 15

SOS Fireman : 18

SOS Pediatrician : 1016 ( Not sure if it works from a non-french sim card) . Website : click here 

Safety & Health in Paris with Kids

Paris is considered one of the safest cities in Europe, statistically speaking. I myself lived all my life in Paris and felt safe even very late at night.

But I also need to tell you that I lived and toured in these safe neighbourhoods in Paris where you can also choose to stay in and discover :

Le Marais is by far is the most beautiful area, the oldest, this is where I live and I do my jewish tours. It is very safe, with security cameras everywhere, military and police presence.

Paris 1st, Paris 2nd, Paris 5th, Paris 16th are very safe too.

Personally I call my pediatrician Dr. Pierre Bitoun first (perfect for babies and newborns , speaks english, lived in USA before Paris)

DR Bitoun lives in Le Marais. Good with medical communication, can help find a good medical advice or an available colleague. Speaks very good english as he is member of the American Academy of Pediatricians.

Download Doctolib 

Parisians use also this app : Doctolib but it is in French , It allows you to take appointments easily with the specialists and doctors

For Pregnant who want a Ultrasound in Paris :

For an “echography” or Ultrasound at Od√©on, Paris Adresse :126 Boulevard Saint-Germain, 75006 Paris
Téléphone : 0033 1 44 47 08 13

I know how stressed we can be with the pregnancy during a travel, so tell me if you need help to take the appointment. I wish you the best !

For a friendly birthing coach who speaks english : Lucile REBEIROT (my personal coach) 

Address : 23 Rue Montorgueil, 75001 Paris

Phone : 0033 7 86 83 31 29

Important legal mention :

These are my personal opinions issued from my experience with my baby and in any case, I can not tell you what to do medically as I am only a tour guide in Paris and not habilitated for medical help.

I must say thought, that if you need medical help, call the emergency numbers of France mentioned above, they will help you very efficiently.

Health care is free for only Residents but they will help you first and ask you later.

All the doctors are very capable in Paris and they are all well qualified

You can trust the public health system in Paris or you can privilege the private health care for a faster intervention.

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