An afternoon at Montmartre Museum

This charming small museum, located just a step from the Sacré Coeur, on Montmartre hill, really deserves a family visit. As soon as you enter the soft grey door on 12 rue Cortot, you are taken back to another era. You are still in Paris, of course but in an idealized version of the city, where carriage entrances open on charming gardens with a rose bush alley that lead to a 17th century old mansion… This places takes you back to the…

Tech for kids

A few weeks ago, I went to the Educatec exhibition in Paris. I found there many interesting kids’ activities and initiatives, which can help them to understand computers, electricity, digital world …while playing. Here is a short selection of my favorites: secure search engine, children’s workshops, DIY tech kits to play at home. *** QWANT JUNIOR   Qwant Junior French search engine allows children to safely use the Internet and protect their personal data. This engine is already used by many French schools….

Spring with books

While Spring is fast approaching and Nature is awakening slowly, I’d like to share with you two beautiful albums that explain children the charm of seasons: Nature’s Day and How does it grow? Both books make us learn and discover in detail the seasons, mixing scientific content and poetic approach. For little ones… and even adults! *** NATURE’S DAY Nature’s Day is an Anglo-american book published in 2015 by Kay McGuire, who was educated at the Royal Botanics Gardens, Kew, and Danielle Krol, who…

Winter tale in Versailles

For all Parisian people, Versailles means sunny picnics and long walks or rides along the Grand Canal or in Marie-Antoinette estate. Versailles is such a huge estate, it never feels crowded and it is such a easy, bucolic and close escape (30 minutes drive or RER) from the center of Paris. On sunny and warm days, Versailles is always a good idea. But what about Winter? These Winter week-ends which we all imagine lying in bed or reading in a…

Travelling through China at the FLV

Ten days ago, we went to the new exhibition about Chinese artists at the Fondation Louis Vuitton : Bentu. Both parents and kids enjoyed very much! In this masterly, wide-open and luminous place, every one could have appreciated these wonderful masterpieces from contemporary artists. ***   Most of the art pieces evoke the tension between the artists’ original culture and the globalised world in which they’re now living. Paintings, videos, sculptures… show the great mutations of this century for China and the rest of the world. …

Wintertime under the quilt

Whereas Paris doesn’t really know anymore what winter is and that it’s difficult to see some snow at the window, we love reading and rereading at home books that plunge us into a wadded and cold winter, where nature seems asleep … a way to relax by living at th slow pace naturally imposed by this season. Here is a selection of pretty albums we value both for their story and for their illustrations. All depict an animal world in close contact with Nature (link we often…

Flex in the city… Tous au parc!

While time is about ‘flexing in the city’, using urban equipment (such as walls, bars, stairs,…) here is some exercise to practice when you’re watching your kids at the park… because parklife is not very exciting, isn’t it? Every family member can do the following exercices :  Equipment : any multi-activities structure  If you don’t have all the elements mentionned below, prefer the option ‘without equipment’ at the bottom of each exercise. Practise at least for 20 minutes. Be careful : you can do the exercises…

Family feel good movies

Family feel good movies: photo from It’s a Wonderful Life, by Franck Capra. On Sunday afternoon, and above all during Winter, we love organising a family home cinema session. We give up all our everyday rules and eat whatever we want (sweets and popcorn  above all). During these ‘free style’ sessions, it’s important to choose a film that the whole family will enjoy, not too childish, nor teenage, …nor adult (of course!). This is our own selection of family movies we particularly enjoy at home…

Pretty books to wait for Christmas

How to bring Christmas spirit to your children? Through books of course, notably with the classics, to read again and again all along December. Poetic, tender and snowy, here are six books to read at bed under a thick blanket, snuggled against your children. Christmas animals by Richard Scarry Richard Scarry is probably one of the the most famous author and illustrator for children in the United States and maybe in the world. This collection of stories  subjects are delightful animals,…

Vintage treasures

When I usually think about Christmas, I have a lot of vintage images  coming to my mind : warm candles, barley sugars, lovely adorned tables with splendid turkey hens, vintage toys,… So, when I met Natalia Isachenko, who makes teddy bears just like they used to be 100 years ago, I totally fell in love with her vintage creations! This young Russian woman seeks inspiration in old German savoir-faire, the reference for teddy bears… All the bears she creates are articulated. The padding essentially comes from…