Wednesday, August 31, 2016


French school children's summer holidays end today and classes start tomorrow. But there's still time for one last turn around the basin for this wooden Paudeau at the Jardin de Luxembourg.  The toy sail boats are a Parisian classic and owe their name to an artisanal toy boat maker, Clement Paudeau, who in 1927 started making them with the idea to set up a concession stand to rent them for children to play with in the park's basin. The tradition continues.


appareiller: to set sail, to cast off
prendre le mer:  to put out to sea

©2016 P.B. Lecron

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