French public parks and playgrounds are strange. First, in a lot of places, it is forbidden to walk on the grass. French love to question authority but for some reason, they actually abide by this arbitrary rule. Few parks have proper playgrounds and when they do, the ground is invariably concrete or asphalt—if a child falls, the landing would be more cushioned than on grass or rubber surfaces! Playground equipment is also often outdated or just unsafe, and trust me, I am not super picky about safety.
Fortunately, France has carousels to keep kids entertained… and Mark likes them!
We took a long walk on the Isle of Nantes. It looked completely different on a quiet hot day, without the crowd of tourists!