My first river cruise was pretty well perfect, even if the vessel, a converted working barge, was somewhat basic. The captain was also barman and tour guide, his girlfriend was the waitress and made the beds, and the chef doubled as boatman.
Ooh la la! John Coleman samples the Shangri-la Hotel, 10 Avenue d’lena, Paris
A family holiday with very young children that also lets you take in the sights and sounds of Paris can be arranged with minimal fuss
It may be expensive, but you can still fall in love with the world’s most romantic city on a budget
I've never been a fan of flying. Travelling by air, especially in summer, can be a test of endurance for any family. Queues, delays and luggage restrictions can make it a stressful experience - and that's before you've even left the country.