We're heading to the area around Mont St Michel (as always) in a few days, and thought this time we'd plan a trip to Paris, too.
I actually know Paris quite well but dp and ds have never been (plus I've not been for over a decade so I'm rather out of the loop).
Where should we stay? We need parking (train way too dear). And what should we do? I'm very because I don't know where to start! Also of course last time I went it was all about visiting bars - this time I need to take ds into account
I'm pondering the Etap Hotel in Villette, but don't know la Villette as an area at all.
It's pretty easy to park in central Paris this time of year. When we were in Paris a few years ago, we had a hotel near the Arc de Triomphe and parked in an underground garage on Avenue McMahon. I can't remember the price but thought that it was reasonable. We had to remove the roof box from our car because of height restrictions.
Gapp - I live near the Arc de Triomphe and our local underground car park is around 27 euros for 24 hours! (You can park in the Bois de Boulogne, and on the edge of the 16th, near the Bois for nothing.)
I would do Batobus, rather than one of the huge cattle ships with 500 people. No guide, but you can hop on and off all day. Or just go round and round in circles if you want.
You should go to Paris Plage too - there is more going on in the Bassin de la Villette than on the Seine for your son, than along the Seine, but it is always nice to walk along the Seine.