Sunday, February 06, 2005

Mirror, Mirror

Yesterday the family took a trip to a museum we've never been to before... Palais de la Decouverte. A friend told us about a special exhibit going on there... Jeux de Miroirs/Game of Mirrors. My kids love the fun house type mirrors at the Jardin D'Acclimatation...where they walk in front of the different mirrors.. concave, convex, wavy... and see themselves stretched or shortened, thinner or thicker. Since they love the mirrors, we knew they'd have a good time at this special exhibit.

Before I left I called another friend to see if her family would like to come with us, but she had birthday parties to go to. However, she said it was a nice museum and that we really should call ahead to make sure we catch "l'ecole des rats"/the school of rats. So we called and found out that the "school" started at 3pm. That motivated us pretty quick since it was only an hour away.

The rat school was pretty cool. The scientist does a little spiel and he is great with the kids. It's a very interactive show. The rats are then put through the maze.. pushing buttons to open doors, climbing up stairs and stretching across holes in the floor to reach the final destination, pull a hoop and receive food. The kids were all fascinated. If you are ever in Paris with kids, this is a wonderful museum with many interactive science exhibits. There is also a planetarium show that we didn't have time for, so we will have to go back another day.

After the museum we walked a bit down the Champs-Elysees. I was thinking we hadn't taken the kids there, but they reminded me we take them there to watch Le Tour de France every year. We ended up at PSG (Paris St Germain) the Paris soccer team store and bought my son an overpriced shirt.

-- said Auntie M in Paris
9:36 PM



WOW - great photos!! Glad you had a good time. I will have to take the boys to that museum - I have heard nothing but good things about it.

# posted by Pat : 10:22 PM  

Pat, It's funny but I don't remember anyone ever mentioning this museum to me before Friday. I'm so glad I went. I'm definitely going again.

# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 10:30 PM  

LE Tour de France ;-)
Sorry, couldn't resist...

By the way, PSG is a very bad soccer team !
Well, maybe it's because I'm a OM (Marseille team) fan...

# posted by Jérôme : 11:23 PM  

Jerome, Thanks and I've made the correction. That 'le' and 'la' stuff -- I'm forever getting wrong. PSG.. I know they aren't doing well, but they are our home town soccer team. We'd like to go to a game.. don't think it will be a problem getting tickets, huh?

# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 8:10 AM  

Auntie M-

Thanks for the museum suggestion. It looks like something some of us "big kids" might like too.


# posted by Anonymous : 10:47 AM  

Jason, Absolutely. As a big kid I'd really like to go to the Planetarium especiallly.

# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 11:37 AM  

Oh cool! We left when daughter was 2 so we haven't been to these types of places yet. Do you know if the rat show is permanent? We'll be in Paris in mid-March or so, depending on the outcome of the elections here.

# posted by RighteousBiche : 2:37 PM  

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