I've been having a wonderful time chronicling my adventures in France on my blog (I'm about half way done) as well as my Pocket Pacy adventures!
Pocket Pacy project that I think I will continue and expand it at home.
But so far, I think my favorite memory of France has been when I wandered into the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris. I became entranced by this Italian style fountain:
|The Medici Fountain|
But the Sasquatch grew a little bored as I sketched and walked around, instead. When he came back, he said, "I think there's something over there you'll really want to see."
He was right. Because "over there" was an amazing vintage carousel:
|the animals were designed by the Charles Garnier, the same designer of the Grand Opera!|
|Look how old the animals are!|
And to me, it was also very hopeful. In this day and age, with computers and video games, to see children enjoying something so simple was inspiring. Things don't have to light up, be bright, shiny, action-packed and new for kids to love it. Simple things can still be vibrant and beloved.
It seems like there are hundreds of articles a day about how the book is dead, how the new generations will turn up their noses at a paper book. Perhaps many will. But perhaps, many will not. Perhaps they will still find the simple pleasure in an old-fashioned book like they do with this old-fashioned carousel.