24 hours in Paris by Emily Turner
I took my two youngest (aged 11 and 13) for a truly whistlestop tour. We caught an early eurostar and had ticked off the Mona Lisa and the Louvre’s Greek treasures before lunch. A quick metro to the Ecole Militaire and the Eiffel Tower. Here we met my sister, her children and my dad. The kids had huge fun, laughing at their vertigo-challenged Mums. That evening, incredibly spoilingly, we stayed at Le Meurice, the ultimate in Parisian luxe. It has a hefty price tag, but the view of Paris from the rooms overlooking the Jardins des Tuileries is magical. The next day, my father marched us all to ‘his’ bit of Paris, the Rue du Bac. A smelly cheese shop; oysters from the shmonger; a glass of rosé in his favourite café and Deyrolle, the legendary taxidermy shop with its stuffed lions, tigers and delicately creepy birds. From here, late lunch at Chez Janou near the Picasso Museum in the Marais and were on the 6pm train home.
Le Meurice, 228 Rue de Rivoli dorchestercollection.com/en/paris/le-meurice
Deyrolle, 46 Rue du Bac deyrolle.com
Chez Janou, 2 Rue Roger Verlomme