|"Paris Plages" transforming Paris |
into a series of themed beaches
I was first struck by this as I strolled along the right bank of the Seine River and stumbled upon the inviting golden sand and blue umbrellas of the annual summer event, Paris Plages (Paris Beach).
Later, I entered the Place du Carrousel located near the open end of the courtyard of the Musée du Louvre. Nestled within the covered arches before the Rue de Rivoli were framed posters promoting "Les Ateliers Enfants".
This program resembles those of my beloved Met Museum with tours and activities to spark an interest in French culture, art and history.
|La Petite Academie, Paris|
It made me think that early childhood educators in Paris had it pretty good too.
When I returned home I discovered a blog posting about taking a group of children to visit museums and landmarks in Paris. The photographs of children eating lunch and posing in front of The Eiffel Tower and the Louvre is reminiscent of the class pictures I took of my students outside The Statue of Liberty and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The post even includes some children's drawings.
I may have found my Parisian counterpart and definitely see new experiences unfolding in my future. There must be openings at the Institut National de Jeunes Sourds de Paris.