Paris has been on our wish list for a while, we’ve driven through it loads of times on our way down to the South of France but never planned a stopover there. After our 8 month stay in Germany we had some time to play with, so on our way back to England we decided that it was time for us to don our berets, put on our best French accents and hit the Eifel Tower. Ooh La La.
Camping in Paris, here we come!
Finding A Campsite
We weren’t sure if camping in Paris was possible with a huge motorhome. So we planned head and did some research on the web. We found lots of campsites around the Disney area, but we wanted something as close to the city as possible.
Camping Indigo Paris Bois de Bologne seemed to tick all of our boxes; The fully renovated, Indigo Paris campsite welcomes campers all year round on a natural 7 hectare park, ideally located for you to set out and explore Paris. The site is located on the banks of the River Seine, with good public transport links and is only 15 minutes from the Arc De Triomphe. The site also offers static accommodation if you don’t have your own motorhome, much cheaper than a hotel in central Paris!
We found the site easily enough (after a horrendous journey through central Paris) with the help of our sat nav, arriving just before 9pm. Reception was still open and we were swiftly checked in by the English speaking staff. We stayed for 2 nights, at a cost of around 80 Euros. Pretty reasonable for a family of four, considering the price also included electrical hook up and access to water on our pitch.
- Reception is open 7am-10pm, they provide really helpful tourist information and they have free Wi-Fi.
- Campsite shop with its own bakery.
- Modern toilet block and shower facilities (all very clean).
- Outdoor playground for the kids.
- Restaurant and takeaway facilities.
There are other facilities but as we were only there for 2 nights we didn’t try them all out. Some facilities like bike hire and the free shuttle bus are only available in the summer months. Check before you book if you do have specific requirements.
We didn’t want the hassle of driving into the city and parking up the motorhome, so we opted to use public transport. We caught the 244 bus (2 Euros each) from a stop very close to the campsite that took us to Port Maillot metro station, we then purchased 1 day passes for the central lines that allowed us to travel all over the city on one ticket for around 30 Euros (2 adults, 2 kids). Public transport is really easy to use in Paris, there are maps everywhere that explain which line you need to be on and the metro stops are easy to locate. We found travelling with kids very easy in Paris.
As we only really had one full day to explore the city we had to decide on what our priority ‘must do’s’ were. We all agreed that a trip to the top of the Eifel Tower was number one and just soaking up the Parisian atmosphere was second. We didn’t want to exhaust and overwhelm the kids by trying to over pack the day.
By the using the Metro we were able to see La Defense, the Arc De Triomphe, walk the full length of the Champs de elysee and get to the top of the Eifel Tower. Not bad for 1 day!
Have you ever been to Paris? Did you camp there or stay in a hotel?
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