Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Talk to the animals

The public park nearest our place is the Jardin des Plantes, which as the name suggests is a botanical garden with gigantic nineteenth-century natural history museums/labs attached. It is justly popular with the neighborhood kids for its combination of running-around space and kid-friendly animal art. Outside the museum proper are a series of animal sculptures including this exuberant horse:


The plinths of all these sculptures had quotations from famous French naturalists on them. Even better, the park has a tiny carousel painted with exotic animals:


and on which you can ride a gorilla or a dodo instead of any old horse:


Then you can have a snack with the gorilla and the dodo:


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