Okay, um, I can’t seem to get my act together on this blogging stuff. I’ve been a bit… distracted lately, is one way of putting it. And now I’m about to head out to San Francisco for the better part of this week. I’ll be there until Friday morning; I’m a terrible trip planner, so for all of those folks whom I know in the Bay Area and whom I haven’t called, please forgive me. However, I’ll be around until Friday morning if you want to drop me a line — at which time I’ll be taking my nephew to Paris for a week. Look for a couple of posts while I’m overseas, at least — I figure I’ll have some free time. How hard can it be to keep an eleven year old entertained?

  1. Keeping your nephew entertained my be harder than you think. Paris has been doing quite a bit to be more friendly to English speakers, but you can’t assume anywhere you go will automatically have English subtitles.

    The “Citж des Sciences” in La Villette has many hands-on exhibits designed to engage children (they even have a special area for 2-7 years old). Similarly the “Citж de la Musique” has music-oriented activities for kids. If he likes machinery, the “Musжe National des Techniques” has a cornucopia of vintage mechanical apparatus, like Foucault’s pendulum, the original Caselli pantelegraph (Civil War era fax machine) and much more.

    The Musжe Grжvin is a French Madame Tussaud’s style wax museum, but less garish and obsessed with pop celebrities.

    When I was a kid, we would get tickets to the “BРteaux Mouches” that go up and down the Seine river, a good way to discover the city’s top attractions from a different angle.

  2. My girlfriend’s niece (12 years old) came to visit for four days a few weeks ago. She drove us all to distraction, and we were wrecks by the end of it.

    Good Luck.

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    I also live in Boerum hill. Hope your trip to paris was entertaining and really fun.

  4. This one is for you: there’s an amazing antique book fair held, I believe, every saturday in the Parc Georges Brassens. It’s utterly huge. I bought a few books from there and the oldest one I saw was from the 14th or 15th century.

    Also, have a rest in the Luxembourg Gardens and let the little one run around. There’s also a very cool man made park, temple, and waterfall in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumonts. You have to take the 7b to get there. By the way, isn’t the Parisian subway system by far the easiest—especially compared to NYC?

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