Subject: Re: Europe travel question - husband and three kids

I also recommend Paris as a place to enjoy with your kids. (but then I love paris and recommend to anyone for anything! )

I'm just jumping in with an especially family/child friendly restaurant. La Gare (metro stop: La Muette) in the 16th. It's an old train station that's now a casual restaurant that attracts locals with family's. I go there often with my Parisian friends (who have 2 kids. The food is good, prices are reasonable and the service is friendly. They even have a lovely outdoor garden for outdoor dining in the warm weather.

I especially recommend two things: Their pureed potoato's are incredible (they bring a whole potful for all to share) and in the summer months, their watermelon and feta cheese salad is something I dream about. (never thought I'd like this combo but had to try it when I saw it on the menu).

You might consider staying at a hotel near a part like the Luxembourg Gardens so that the kids can have some "run around" time daily included into the schedule. When my best friends came to NYC with their two little daughters, they stayed a block away from Central Park and they took them to the park everyday for some playtime either before or after some musuem going, shopping, sight-seeing. This worked out really well for them and they swear by this method and found that they didn't have to contend with cranky or bored kids.

Have a great time with your kids in Europe!

Candice NYC