Saturday, June 7, 2008

A Day at the Park

The Jardin d'Acclimatation may be my kids' favorite place in Paris. It's a little bit of heaven for the younger set with enough attractions to keep a family busy for the entire day. The skies were threatening this morning but the rain held off while our kids and their cousins enjoyed the hall of funny mirrors; the big playground with climbing structures, slides, and zip swings; a few carnival rides; and a picnic lunch. There's an old-fashioned Guignol puppet theater there too with shows each afternoon; today we hit the jackpot with puppet shows set up throughout the park to celebrate the 200th anniversary of this French art form. The name Guignol comes from the title character, a sweet goof who for some reason sports a Chinese pigtail. In the end he always outwits the thief and gets a kiss of gratitude from his sweetheart, Madelon. If you take your kids there, you'll be an instant hero too and maybe even get a thank you and a kiss.

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