Lunch in a train station, walk along a railroad, and absorb the colors of Monet’s water lilies.
Start with lunch at La Gare (1, 19 chaussée de la Muette), a converted train station with tables along the platforms and menus in the form of train tickets, popular with local families for Saunday brunch. Afterward, children can run off the meal in the nearby Jardin du Ranelagh (2). There are sandboxes and swings, big shady trees, wide grassy areas, and an old-fashioned carousel.
At the far end of the park, the Musée Marmottan – Claude Monet (3, 2 rue Louis Boilly) contains the world’s largest collection of Monet paintings. Monet’s works are familiar and easily loved, and the museum’s small scale isn’t overwhelming. The paintings seem classic now, but you may want to explain that this form of painting was considered quite radical in its day. Show them the artist’s painting of a misty sunrise, Impression Soleil Levant, which gave its name to the Impressionist movement; discover Monet’s brillantly colored paintings of the water lilies, flatboat, and Japanese bridge at Giverny; seek out paintings by Caillebotte, Pissaro, and Morisot; and find the geographical clock, which gives time in 12 places around the world. Turn left out of the museum and right onto avenue Raphaël. At the end of the street, discover the old railway line once served by La Gare, now the Petite Ceinture Promenade (4). This park is deliberately more unkempt than the Jardin du Ranelagh – perfect for attracting birds and butterflies; nature panels offer information about some of the animals you might spot there.
Metro Station : La Muette (Line 9), Ranelagh (Line 9)