France through the eyes of a teenager is a multi-layered and amazing experience! The food, the sights, the shopping... all with a different perspective.
I have travelled with my children in France a number of times. Each visit has been so wonderfully rewarding and the ability to look back together on our experiences has bonded us closer together as they grow older.
I chatted to my youngest son Fraser in this podcast episode about his recollections of our travels. He is such a keen traveler. He and I are always planning our next trip somewhere!
We first travelled to France as part of a big European tour for our family back when he was still in primary school! We met up with 20 of our family in Paris and spent a week together there. We saw all the big touristy things but even though he was only in Grade 5, Fras remembers many more intricate details of our time there. Interestingly other children from our family who attended with us on this trip who were a little younger don't have the same clarity of memory. They also didn't have the stamina to power through the day as Fraser did at about age 10 or 11. That is an important consideration if FrancoFilers are planning to travel with younger children.
After a week together, we left Paris by train and travelled with the huge family group to Chinon in the Loire Valley where the little kids all had much more freedom than in Paris.
We attended the Motocross of Nations which would never have been considered without a young boy pulling his "one choice of the holiday" card. A brilliant and unforgettable day!
We then drove across to Villers-Bretonneux which is a very special place for Australians visiting France.
My Fraser had another very unique and significant experience in Paris as a young teenager with the opportunity to explore Paris for a day with some other teens sans parents! How many kids get to hang out in Paris with their mates for the day!?!?
Hear some French rap music and get the lowdown on the best food for teens in Paris!
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