Le Jardin des Plantes

On my list of the 10 best things to do with kids in Paris was Le Jardin des Plantes. It was a really beautiful space you could just wander through all day long.

But for some reason I didn’t feel like I had all day because I wanted to get to Place des Vosges as well where there was supposed to be this great sandbox smack n the middle of this 18th Century housing development. For some reason I forgot I was going to be in Paris for 3 weeks, not 3 days…but yet I pressed on.

photo by dalbera flickriver.com

The botanical garden in Le Jardin des Plantes housed a menagerie; a labyrinth; a big, beautiful Museum of Natural History (see photo above); and a carousel. Little did I know, this would be the first of about 80 carousels I would stumble on around town, but because it was the first one I saw, I was giddy to get the baby on it. I don’t know if he really liked it or not. He sort of went around glassy eyed.

We then stumbled around to find La Place Vosges…it ended up being a very simple walk from our apartment, but I only learned that the day before we left. But never mind, my stumbling landed us at the Place de la Bastille and he’s all pretty and gold, so that was nice.

The sandbox in La Place Vosges was well worth the trip, French children are ADORABLE. The baby practically sat on top of this kid in the sandbox and the little boy did not seem to mind at all. Plus the area was so beautiful…it reminded me very much of Gramercy Park in NYC, except they don’t lock people out of it.

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