Friday, March 19, 2010

An urban park extraordinaire

Last weekend, we ventured out to Gradignan, another banlieue (suburb) of Bordeaux. An assistante maternelle (literally, mother's assistant, these women belong to a professional organization of nannies and are licensed to watch 2-4 children at a time) that I met told me about the Parc de Molineau. This is a big urban park with a mediatheque (a multimedia library), running/biking trails, and La Maison de la Nature (literally The House of Nature, more about this later).

It was a beautiful pre-spring afternoon! Although the directions I found on Google Maps took us a long way around, it's only about a 15 minute drive from our house. And we all had a great time!

Outside the mediatheque there is a field of statues. We all enjoyed playing here:

Next, Owen and Sean through rocks into the river on our way to the parc animalier and aquarium:

I am definitely adding this park onto our list of tour stops for visitors. Gradignan is a very kid-friendly and organic-friendly ville.

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