Tuesday, February 08, 2005
Today was Mardi Gras and those in the maternelle/pre-k section of the school celebrated the holiday. The children dressed in the fashion of the those of Brittany past. That means the girls wore aprons decorated with lace tops. The boys wore black pants and black wide-brimmed hats. After lunch, to celebrate Brittany and Mardi Gras, crepes were prepared for the children by a woman dressed in traditional Breton clothing (I'm told -- obviously, I wasn't there!).
After the gouter/snack of crepes they ate candy, drank juice and threw lots of confetti around the play area at school. Who said they don't have fun at school? Ok, so I did. Well, today the maternelle children had a lot of fun and were pretty much on a sugar high when the parents got to the school for pick up.
To run off some of the sugar and because it was a wonderful spring day here, some of us took our kids to the park. While my son was playing soccer in the fenced off grassy area (just for show, not for play!), my daughter goofed around with her friend. This friend goes to another school, an international school. At that school, they celebrated Chinese New Year today. Don't the girls look cute together?
-- said Auntie M in Paris
# posted by Ogja, Darkchick.com2005, Ademon,Sunshiney : 8:16 PM
You know, you are a cool mom - in most of your entries you mention you are doing something for your kids - nice.
Terry in SF
# posted by Anonymous : 9:04 PM
btw, I really enjoyed reading your "about" page . .
# posted by Anonymous : 9:13 PM
# posted by Coquette : 9:22 PM
Terry, Your son will probably see the celebrations tomorrow.. I think that is the actual New Year. Thanks for your compliment about being a mom. I do try -- some days I do a better job that others.
BP, Both girls are really photogenic and look adorable in their costumes. I am a bit biased, of course.
Coquette, I wonder if we were neighbors. We lived at 25th and Q in one of those big red apartment buildings. It was a fantastic location. I miss it.
# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 12:16 AM
I absolutely love your blog. It gives you such a feel for day to day life in paris - and while i've never been - i've had a love affair with the city for many years. For some reason i've always been drawn to Paris - and reading your blog gives me a lovely glimpse into life in the 'city of lights'. Keep writing - it's so very enjoyable!
All the best - Kaia
# posted by Kaia : 1:01 AM
# posted by negrito : 8:35 AM
The costumes are very cute!
Hey Coquette, there's some excellent Mexican in Paris! One just off Saint Germain, which is more high-end cuisine, and one in the 2nd, which I adore, called a la Mexicaine on rue Quincampoix. These are authentic -- not US Mexican.
# posted by RighteousBiche : 9:24 AM
Negrito, I didn't realize the festivities were on Sunday. I might have to go check them out.
RB and Coquette, There is another good, but pricey, Mexican place that we like: Anahuacalli, 30 Rue des Bernardins, 75005
# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 9:54 AM
When I visit D.C. I usually stay with my Godmother who lives at 18th and Q. What a small, small world.
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# posted by Anji : 10:41 AM
>>While my son was playing soccer in the fenced
>>off grassy area (just for show, not for play!)
This is a huge bone of contention in Paris. The Socialist "municipalité" has allowed people to sit/picnic/play on the grassy areas in parks, squares and other public venues. These grassy areas were not designed orignally for sitting, picnicking and/or playing and have been undergoing severe and lasting damage. They are scheduled to be repaired at vast expense. This may be hard to believe (smile), but this "sit/picnic/play on the grass" issue looks to be shaping up as one of the major topics in the next elections for Mayor.
Re: Mardi Gras … perhaps this was why your daughter's teacher shot down the idea of a Valentine's Day project/celebration ? Two parties within one week might've been a bit much ?
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# posted by pismire : 4:18 PM
# posted by Anonymous : 5:47 AM
Anji, Maternelle is such a wonderful age and they get to do some fun things. I'll miss it too.
RB, Now that I think of it... probably is the same one. That's where I paid 70 euro for a pitcher of Margaritas -- excellent, but not sure I'd do that again!
L'A, Yes, maybe that is why she didn't want a Valentine's Day. The kids did have fun celebrating Mardi Gras.
Pismire, I always thought of Mardi Gras as something they do in Louisiana. I don't think we celebrated the holiday when I was growing up. My sister, however, makes king cakes for her school every year. I wish she'd send one to me. They are declicious.
A, The top was a picture of lace photocopied and stapled with straps for the girls to wear. None of the real stuff.
# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 10:28 AM