Photo Essay: Paris is Paradise for Kids

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Photo Essay: Paris is Paradise for Kids
"Le Petit Prince" themed carrousel in Paris. Photo: Virginia Jones

“Le Petit Prince” themed carousel in Paris. Photo: Virginia Jones

Editor’s note: Have you read Adam Gopnik’s Paris to the Moon? The New Yorker writer’s book of essays is a thoughtful memoir about an expat adapting to life in the City of Light, in which he also shares personal anecdotes about family life, raising an infant son in a new city where old-fashioned carousels are wildly entertaining. From the boats on the pond at the Luxembourg gardens to these magical manèges, Paris is truly a wonderful place to raise little kids. Here we illustrate some of the joys of Paris for children– as captured by photographer Virginia Jones. There’s a Natural History Museum, pony rides in Paris parks, rides in the Jardin d’Acclimatation (Napoleon III’s “amusement park”), chocolate goûters, and more. Enjoy!

Fun playgrounds in Paris

Fun playgrounds in Paris. Photo: Virginia Jones

Art installations in the Palais Royal, a playground for kids

Art installations in the Palais Royal, a veritable playground for kids. Photo: Virginia Jones

Exploring the Natural History Museum in Paris.

Exploring the Natural History Museum in Paris. Photo: Virginia Jones

The Gallery of Evolution at the Natural History Museum, Paris

The Gallery of Evolution at the Natural History Museum, Paris. Photo: Virginia Jones

Riding ponies in the Luxembourg Gardens

Riding ponies in the Luxembourg Gardens. Photo: Virginia Jones

Sandbox in Paris

Sandbox in Paris. Photo: Virginia Jones

Rides in the Jardin d'Acclimatation, Napoleon III's amusement park

Rides in the Jardin d’Acclimatation, Napoleon III’s amusement park. Photo: Virginia Jones

manège in Paris

Many different types of manèges, or carrousels, in Paris. Photo: Virginia Jones

Exploring the bridges over the Seine in Paris

Exploring the bridges over the Seine in Paris. Photo: Virginia Jones

Festive Christmas shop windows in Paris

Festive Christmas shop windows in Paris. Photo: Virginia Jones

A merry-go-round near the Eiffel Tower

A merry-go-round near the Eiffel Tower. Photo: Virginia Jones

Lead photo credit : "Le Petit Prince" themed carrousel in Paris. Photo: Virginia Jones

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In 2007, Virginia Jones visited Paris for the first time. This former teacher credits that trip with her new career in photography and love of the City of Light. After her second trip in 2008, she created Paris Through My Lens, a daily photoblog. She travels to Paris once a year to photograph and has had her work published in a number of online sites and magazines. At home, she teaches photography classes, gives phototalks on Paris and her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama and is currently working on Photos in French, a resource for French teachers, using her images of Paris gathered during her 11 trips to the city she considers her second home. Check out her Paris photography blog: http://paristhroughmylens.blogspot.com

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