WellesleyWeston Magazine

SUMMER 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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and steer a double stroller, which barely fits on the empty sidewalks. The lack of crowds and the presence of English-speaking tourists made it less foreign. The drawback was that many stores and restaurants were closed. It will be nice to revisit at a different time in the future and have our children experience Paris with the Parisians in it. We started each morning by stopping at Eric Kayser, the famous bakery, for an assortment of croissants and lunch sandwiches that we packed into our expansive stroller. We then headed to the Jardin du Luxembourg where we rented a wooden boat with a stick for each child to guide around the pond for the allotted 20 minutes. Each boat had a different flag allowing the girls to identify theirs. My husband and I alternated sitting in the sun with our lattes while the other helped the children guide their boats. After driving the boats, we would alternate between visiting the playground or carousel in the same gardens. There was a small fee to enter the playground, but it was worth it. The play- ground was expansive and creative. We noticed that European playgrounds favored creative zip lines that my girls loved. The other benefit is that the playground is where our children encountered and played with Parisian children. In their own way, they negotiated the lines and rules of the playground. There was an elabo- rate climbing structure that was designed to look like the Eiffel Tower, which was fun for the oldest to climb. (There was also a clean bathroom to use!) It should be noted that the carousel open- ing time varied. "It's August," the Parisians we asked explained with a shrug. The carousel at the Luxembourg gardens dates back to 1879 and is the oldest in Paris. Each child is given a small baton before climbing on his or her favorite vintage wooden animal. While the carousel is in motion, children use the batons to try and catch the brass rings held by the carousel attendant. Unfortunately, we never made it to a pup- pet show at the famous Les Marionnettes du Luxembourg. Most of the shows were later in the afternoon when we were too hot and tired to return. From the gardens, we would head to our destination for the day, whether it be the Tuileries Garden, the Eiffel Tower, The Avenue des Champs-Élysées, or Le Marais. On our first day, we did not buy lunch sand- wiches with our breakfast. Our children be - came hungry faster than we expected and we ended up stopping at a mediocre café that cost more than we cared to have spent. From then on, we picnicked at different parks and had stroller snacks handy. My children became carousel, playground, and croissant connoisseurs. Their stroller talk was a comparison of which one was their favorite. The carousel near the Eiffel Tower 186 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6 excursions "sitting in the sun with our lattes"

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