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Archive for May, 2009
“No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel
until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.”
If you want to tackle all of France’s famous monuments and landscapes in a single day, make your way to France Miniature, a 12-acre miniature theme park!
You and your kids will be amazed at this adorable, well-maintained, and magical outdoor adventure. All of France is recreated at a scale of 1/30th the size of the originals, complete with moving railways, TGV’s, sailboats, mechanical circuses, cars and ships. Charles wore himself out running after the electric trains that traveled to and from the miniature cities, towns and villages. The paths meander through tree-covered hills, near ponds and over bridges with various enchanting vistas and benches to take in the tiny details. With French or English brochures, your family can even learn about each of the 116 miniature sites.
We were surprised to find out that there were also carnival-like rides and large slides to keep little ones entertained. Charles really loved the climbing wall and watching the bigger kids ride the launching boat and zip-line. These ‘attractions’ are all operated by parents with staff overseeing the area. It is a do-it-yourself feeling that was quite refreshing.
After a couple of hours exploring the grounds, we ate at the restaurant, Les Provinces, which had a decent selection on both the adult and children’s menus. After lunch, we made a bee-line to the less-crowded snack bar and indulged in popsicles for dessert. You could also pack a family lunch and take advantage of the shaded picnic areas.
Not enough time to see all of France, let alone Paris? Take a 30-minute drive outside of Paris and tour the entire country of France in just hours! This ‘specialty museum’ makes a fun getaway to “see” the rest of France without having to go the distance.
Address: 25 route du Mesnil
78990 Elancourt Paris