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  • Cards: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Crds edition (1 April 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811861708
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811861700
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 3.2 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 196,794 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Natasha Edwards is a freelance travel writer who lives and works in Paris.

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This walk points out the highlights of Notre-Dame, Paris's famous Gothic cathedral. Read the first page
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Tess on 31 July 2009
Format: Cards
I've just returned from Paris where we used this little box of tricks all week. It's a playing card system with a numbered subject on one side with kid-centred highlights, and a cartoon-style map on the other. Very much directed at kids themselves, the adults among us found ourselves slipping the odd card into our bag every now and then instead of the street map! Fantastic not to be dragging a heavy book around every day.. and oddly satisfying shuffling and replacing the cards you've used after a day out. Great for younger children (up to 10), text too simple for the older ones, - so this works well combined with Fodor's Around Paris With Kids, which has the cultural edge this lacks. This is a really fun idea that makes it easy to grab a spare hour or (- just as important -) to change your mind. By taking two or three cards along each day covering a specific area we found it was easy to cope when a museum was unexpectedly closed and we had to find something else to do, and quick!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wiggy on 5 Sept. 2011
Format: Cards
After a previous visit to Paris where we felt 'processed' by the main tourist attractions, we bought these cards to try an alternative approach that would allow us to see a different side of Paris and keep our children interested. The cards are very well laid out with a simple map on one side and a description on the other. They cover walks suitable for a range of ages and feature many less well known attractions. We had no difficulty finding suitable walks for our 6 yr old - but there are many others that would suit older teenagers. The cards are well made and fit easily in your pocket, allowing them to be easily and discretely referred to - thus avoiding the need to advertise that you might be a lost tourist!
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Have just returned from a week in Paris with an 11 and 9 year old. We used these cards as the basis for each day out and weren't disappointed. A real mix of ideas from the usual tourist attractions to the lesser known museums and parks. The map is not hugely detailed, but we found that the combination of our selected card, a map of the Metro and a street map was all we needed.
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By L. V. Genee on 30 Aug. 2013
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maps are too simple and do not make reference to key landmarks such as metro stations. Not really practical to use as stand alone guide. Used together with adult guidebook/map is ok.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Good for Starting the Dialogue with Kids, but Not Always Accurate 12 Sept. 2009
By Tom Triumph - Published on
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We had high hopes for these cards. The idea is great, as is their construction. As we got closer to our trip, we would pull out the cards and show our kids (3 and 7) where we might go and where else they might want to go. It did not capture their imagination as we had hoped, as the text was advanced and the maps a confusing graphic, but it started the conversation.

When we got to Paris, we again pulled out the cards and showed our kids where we were going. One of us read the back, and highlighted the things we thought they would most be interested in.

Almost immediately we stopped bringing the cards on the actual trips. They were much more detailed than our guide book, but when we got there a lot of the details were wrong or out-of-date. In short, the reality was often different than the cards. Also, what we understood from the card only made sense after we got there.

On many levels these did not work. Still, as another device to include the kids it was nice to have. A good concept that could be great.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Loved it!! 6 May 2009
By M. Ekstrand - Published on
Format: Cards
Recently returned from a weekend trip to Paris with my husband and 3 year old. It was our first trip. While researching where to go for our short visit, I purchased a book called "City Walks with Kids. Paris." It was not a book, but was the size of small book with 50 small cards with ideas of where to go and what to do. The cards covered all the main tourist attractions and also gave recommendations for things nearby that were child friendly, including food. It helped me get organized for for my trip. Also, my three year old loved looking and talking about the pictures on the map on the back of each card. Didn't have to pack as many travel toys. He is a huge fan of the Eiffel tower now.

The maps on the back of the cards are nice, but I recommend getting a more detailed map of Paris at any newspaper stand when you arrive in Paris.

I highly recommend this book if you are traveling with children to Paris. Paris really is child friendly. I can't wait to return and will be bringing my "City Walks with Kids" with me.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great and easy to take along 14 Aug. 2008
By Leanne Edwards - Published on
Format: Cards
I travelled to Paris for two months this last spring with my friend and her two girls 4yrs & 2 yrs old. These cards were Great, we would show the girls what the picture on the front was, discuss what was there. Then we would plot our metro travel or walk and take the card along. They were great and accurate.
Of the 50 cards we covered 44 of the destinations... the sewers we didn't think would be of interest. The local people we met in the parks would suggest different things to do with the girls and there was always a card that covered that praticular suggestion.
I would Highly recommend these for all ages....
Leanne Edwards, B.C. Canada
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Very helpful for our trip. 5 July 2009
By C. Stringer - Published on
Format: Cards
Just returned from 8 days in France, 3 days in Paris. Both my husband and I had been to Paris before, but never with our 4 year old son. The cards were extremely helpful in narrowing down our sightseeing options. Each card explains a group of activities within close proximity that can be done in about 1 to 2 hours. Metro stops as well as phone numbers and websites were provided. Multiple cards can easily be done in one day. There is a larger map in the box that shows which area each card covers. This map is good for finding multiple cards that can be done on the same day. This set is not intended to be a street map of Paris. You'll still need a map of Paris, which our concierge supplied upon arrival. Our son loved all the activities we tried. The trampoline park in the Tuileries, the Eiffel Tower at night, and the playground in Luxembourg gardens were among his favorites.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Helpful when you're wandering a Paris neighborhood with kids 2 Oct. 2011
By Deborah Dubrow - Published on
Format: Cards
These notecards are easy to pop in your stroller or purse, and then refer to as you explore the city. They helped us find activities or sites that the kids might be interested in, but that wouldn't necessarily appear in a grown-up focused guidebook. Many included kid-friendly food stops too!
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