Saturday, May 28, 2011

Spring Break



Spring break in les Jardins du Trocadero


How many children do you know that enjoy a school vacation spent playing ordinary kid-games in the shadow of La Tour Eiffel?


Le sigh... what a childhood


29 comments:

Starman said...

Surely they weren't jumping rope?

megi said...

GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you,Genie!
greetings
Megi

Ann said...

I can't help but wonder...
why is that boy doesn't seem to be having much fun as he should? He should be at least smiling... but he looks so cute just the same ♥

This is Belgium said...

Très réussi
I often wonder whether to the local kids the presence of the Tour Eiffel still makes an impression.. do you think they realize how we look at this little playful scenario?

Dianne said...

A delightful scene - I love the little one in the background - maybe he's chasing papillon.

Cezar and Léia said...

Beautiful picture!I also need some time off, the French grammar is driving me crazy! LOL
happy weekend,
Léia

Gattina said...

I think the kids don't care where they play as long as the grass is green and the place big enough, lol !

Malyss said...

I was one of them a long time ago.. and must admit that I did not care of Eiffel tower, I saw it every day!so banal....:o)

brattcat said...

this looks to be a bit of a boy's club. i hope the girls are out there too somewhere.

M said...

Genie, you captured the so well! I can almost hear the sound of their voices at play! It was a beautiful day and all their activities did look like such fun. Hmmm, if I recall, the girls were talking together under a tree. Bon weekend!!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Hi Genie, it's just so hard to imagine anyone taking the Eiffel for granted, but I guess that's how it would be if you saw it everyday. Yes I could just see the girls chatting under the tree while the boys f\run around to let off steam!!
Best wishes
Grace

Virginia said...

When we took Eva and Davis for a picnic there, it seemed every school in Paris was on a field trip. They were WILD!!! The teacher in me wanted to round them up and find their teachers!!! I love my photos of the kids playing on that little playground with the ET in the background. I think the children in Paris get wonderful exposure to all the city has to offer. On the weekends families are lined up to get in the museums. How fortunate they are.
V

Jack said...

Kids take most everything for granted. Why wouldn't they, if they don't have anything to compare it with? Nice shot, Genie. Have a grand weekend.

Harriet said...

So refreshing to watch children at play!

Sylvia K said...

Great shot, Genie, as always! The kids may not appreciate it now, but what do you bet that they will look back one say and smile! Have a lovely weekend!

Sylvia

Alexa said...

Ces enfants ont de la chance! As others have said, they may not appreciate what a special "playground" they have right now, but someday . . . And why is it that all the boys in Europe wear clothing with English writing on it (I noticed this in Italy too)?

Angelsdoor * Penny said...

So nice to meet you Genie. What a beautiful image you have captured.. I love to watch children at play.. Thank you so much for your visit and kind words.
I have added myself to your list of followers and will return again soon.
Blessings,
Penny

biebkriebels said...

I don't think they realize, they just play. When you're older you realize how beautiful and special your neighbourhood was. We see it when we walk in Amsterdam, now we look at it with different eyes and see the beauty of the buildings and the streets. The boys will realize later too I hope.

Dimple said...

Yes, I agree with Malyss. I believe it is the same the world over: what is close and familiar is not thought of as anything very important.

Picturit said...

It's good to see kids outside playing, instead of being on their x-box or playstation.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Starman -- Peut être... They may have been tying each other up playing cowboys?

Louise said...

I doubt those kids can appreciate how lucky they are- but we all know it. Oh, to have had such a childhood! And I wouldn't have to struggle to learn French as an adult.

EG Wow said...

Strange, but kids rarely appreciate their surroundings. I lived bu the ocean and didn't realize how beautiful it was until I moved inland. :)

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

megi -- Merci, mon amie!

Ann -- I think that he is concentrating on the action on the other end of the rope... cute kids

anni -- I think that it is probably lost on them as a tall structure gathering a lot of tourists

Dianne -- With his green shirt he almost blends into the shades of green in the park!

Léia -- French grammar drives me crazy too, mon amie, and I do hate making mistakes... Merci, and do not work too hard!

Gattina -- You are right! In Paris there are many restrictions on "grass" (pelouse) so when you see an area like this there will be many people enjoying the lawn

Malyss -- I am so jealous... not for the view of La Tour as much as for the "whole package" of museums, cafés, ......

brattcat -- Oh, yes, mon amie! I have many more photos in this area and the girls were definitely present!

Marie -- Yes, and it seemed as if there was little adult involvement... just kids at play. Merci et bon weekend à toi!

Grace -- The little girls were in some serious discussions. Wouldn't we love to know about what!

Virginia -- I imagine a school outing would be pretty crazy. These kids were on school holiday accompanied by an assortment of parents

Jack -- Thanks, friend... enjoy your weekend, too

Harriet -- Children are just children, no matter their country or language... it was fun!

Sylvia -- Or they will live in a faraway land and tell their children how they played in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower - hah!

Alexa -- All of the clothing is made elsewhere and so, I wonder, why is it not in French or Italian, etc? Hummmm

Penny -- I am so glad that you like the photos here and have left me a kind comment... visit often, merci!

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

biebkriebels -- I agree and think that we all appreciate more as we get older: surroundings, education, family... No matter where we live there are things of beauty which we overlook due to the "daily routine" (merci)

Dimple -- Sometimes it is important to put on different "glasses" and take a fresh look at our surroundings. I am as guilty as anyone

Picturit -- Absolutely!! Merci

Louise -- Now, you have hit on the most crucial benefit... better to have learned French as a baby!

EG -- Almost without exception I have spent my life living near an ocean or a gulf and always appreciated it, but that was more a way of life and general beauty than a specific thing like the ET. Merci

Janey and Co. said...

I actually know a young French woman who went to a private school as a child very near the Eiffel. She said on pretty Spring days her class ran laps around the tower for exercise . She said she didn't know then how unusual that was...to her it was normal.

Genie -- Paris and Beyond said...

Janey -- Does that just make you ill? Wouldn't you just love that kind of "normal?" Bises...

Pierre BOYER said...

Nice...

Pierre

Kate said...

Pictures of children at play always underscores their innocence. Love the lone child in the background...wonder what he's doing?