Today was the first day of the summer holidays for my kids. This means for the next ten weeks, yes that’s right, ten weeks I have a six and twelve year old to keep busy. Unfortunately I can’t just send them out to play, which was how I remember my school holidays growing up.
Fortunately for us there is no shortage of things to do in Paris- from the carnivals, to the museums, to the parks. I just have to find the balance between the interests of an active, rambunctious six year old and an inquisitive, introspective twelve year old. I had them draw up a list of what they want to do for the next two weeks – I am a firm believer in chunking – the first two weeks, then the next, then…
Kicked off with the Tutankhamen exhibit at Porte de Versailles. It was a hit with both. The exhibit shows the journey of discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb and treasures by the egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922.
The tour is sectioned off and groups are moved from room to room shown three minute introductory videos of the discoveries – the ante chamber, the coffin chamber, and finally the exhibit room, where we were able to see the replicas of the discoveries at out leisure. It kept us occupied for two hours, even the one with the short attention span was curiously fleeting from one section to the next, looking for the mummy. This is definitely worth doing with, or without kids.
As always, the eager amateur photographer took a great deal of pictures, which can be seen here.
Porte de Versailles
1 place de Porte de Versailles