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.|