Two Dads and a Child in Paris, Episode 111

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David and Michael are same-sex parents who have been married for 18 years.  Gay parents face the same issues as all other parents: how to keep their children engaged and happy while traveling. In this episode we talk about the best Paris has to offer for families and the specific activities in Paris that worked well for this family.

Their son, Zane, was only 7 when they first came to Paris. How do you help children that age get the most out of a city like Paris?

Two Dads and a Child in Paris: the Best of Paris for Kids

David, who talks to us today, has great nuggets of wisdom on how to travel with children. Not only for gay parents, but for all parents. David's interview starts at 11'50", before the interview Annie gives advice on how to deal with strikes in France.

How to Deal with Strikes in France

The other topic on everyone's mind today is the "general strike" announced for June 14th, 2016 in France. Here are the things you need to know so you don't get caught in the unpleasantness. Take the following precautions:

  1. Do not plan on using public transportation such as métro, RATP, or SNCF (walk, use the bus, or Bla Bla Car.)
  2. Will taxis also be on strike? There is no way to tell, but so far large taxi services have not joined in.
  3. Don't go on any roads that have tolls as tolls often get blocked by strikers which causes giant traffic jams.
  4. If you have a rental car, keep you gas tank full (you never know when gas stations will run out) and use minor roads (on your map minor roads are designated as N for Nationale  or D for Départementale.
  5. Go to smaller private museums (the staff at large museums often goes on strike because of their quasi civil servant status).

What Stays Open Even During a Strike?

Hotels, restaurants and most stores will stay open. In France, the "public" sector goes on strike. For historical reasons this includes transportation and large public institutions. That's it! Anything privately owned (hotels, restaurants, stores, doctors) will stay open.

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Hotel Mayfair, 1st, between Place de la Concorde and La Place Vendôme (VERY convenient location)

Discussed in this Episode

  • Family Travel
  • Paris with children
  • Same-Sex Travel
  • Strikes in France

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There was too much great information to cram in to one show. David will be back next week for the rest of their adventures!

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3 Replies to “Two Dads and a Child in Paris, Episode 111”

  1. Great episode and great advice! Really enjoyed listening even though I don’t have children. Unfortunately, some of the links in the notes don’t work, which is sad because I wanted to save more of them. Hopefully they can get fixed!

  2. Thank you for addressing the Autoplay issue, but sadly, when I do click away from the main page, to a specific episode, the autoplay still plays, and the episode I clicked on plays as well (in both Chrome and Safari). So, 2 episodes play at the same time.

    I’d rather play it from the page where you list the details from the show, and be able to pause, etc. Or I’d like to listen through iTunes, and then go to your page to check out the links…but alas, because of the autotune the episode plays regardless.

    I’m working around it…but, it would be great to read the show details without having to listen to the show again.

    All this being said, I love your show, and I’m heading to Paris and the Dordogne (June 15-25), with my husband, son (10) and daughter (7), so, I’ve learned so much!

    Thank you.

    Best,
    Alex

    1. Thank you for the feedback Alex. I am not sure why you are experiencing this. I trust the pause button works for you? Have a great time in France!

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