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Friday, November 29, 2013

Boat Racing in the Jardin du Luxembourg

One of the best things about this six-month family travel-writing-homeschooling-photography adventure is the variety of simple-but-fun activities you find to do with kids. We're lucky enough to be staying in Paris for six weeks while I research and write a new book. I write in the morning while my wife homeschools our guys, then we head off together in the afternoon (sounds idyllic but I don't want to mislead you. It's just as crazy as everyday family life, but with interesting stuff to look at.)

My boys and I had heard that the Luxembourg Gardens was fun so we set off on a rare sunny Sunday and found sail boats to hire on the pond. We invested two euros in the Australian vessel.

There were remote control boats but the boys reluctantly agreed to hire the stick-push version.
They soon declared that the sailing boat was potentially faster than it's remote control cousin.
Music to a cheapskate father's ears.
So we hired another boat and held a miniature America's Cup.
Tourists were amused by the wild cheering and hooting and a dodgy rendition of the Australian national anthem. 
Australia came home strong in each race, the Americans almost foundering
in the middle of the pond after a collision with a duckhouse.

Off to discover a very cool playground with high-speed flying fox.
And these pedal-powered billy-carts. When there's a battle to be had, these  guys are happy.

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