In Ottawa or in Nantes, keeping Mark busy is always a challenge. The upside of Nantes is that I know the city very well and I remember the places I used to love as a kid. I don’t have to go for a twenty-minute drive to find some urban fun—the city isn’t as spread out as Ottawa.

At the top of Mark’s if-you-don’t-take-me-there-once-a-day-I’ll-whine list is the Jardin des plantes. You can’t walk on the grass (bummer) but there is a huge sandbox with a metal sieve and Mark can entertain himself for quite a bit. There are benches around the sandbox so I can sit and catch up on French gossip reading magazines and eavesdropping on people’s conversations.

The Isle of Nantes comes second, mostly because you can occasionally see the giant mechanical elephant walking around. There is a small playground as well but Mark is mostly interested in throwing sand—the last time I took him there, I ended up playing alone. No, I didn’t break the swing, yes it looks like I’m pole dancing.

Mark also enjoys running around fountains and going up and down the stairs, especially if it’s a “stairway to heaven” leading to a church.

And there is always regular urban fun, such as people-watching, dog petting and street musicians!

Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes
Resting
Resting
Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes
Mark and Feng
Mark and Feng
Jardin des Plantes
Jardin des Plantes
Up and Down
Up and Down
Mark Clinging to my Leg, Listening to Street Music
Mark Clinging to my Leg, Listening to Street Music
Isle of Nantes
Isle of Nantes
Isle of Nantes
Isle of Nantes
Isle of Nantes
Isle of Nantes
Isle of Nantes
Isle of Nantes
Isle of Nantes
Isle of Nantes
Parc des Oblates
Parc des Oblates
Up and Down
Up and Down
Up and Down
Up and Down

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9 Comments

  1. Cynthia July 18, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Suddenly, he looks much older now!

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    1. Zhu July 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      Yes, he looks like a little boy now!

      Reply
  2. Isa July 18, 2014 at 7:42 am

    Looks like such a nice place to hang out!

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    1. Zhu July 20, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      I like it. It’s… different.

      Reply
  3. Mel July 18, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    Ok, that elephant is pretty cool.

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    1. Zhu July 20, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      12 Euro the ride, though 🙁

      Reply
  4. I Say Oui July 21, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Hee hee, the one of Mark peeking over the chair…

    Like the swinging pictures! Never too old too swing.

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    1. Zhu July 21, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      No, but I’m always afraid I’m going to break the swing! 😆

      Reply
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