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LES FERMES DE GALLY : TIPS FOR A FAMILY TRIP OUTSIDE PARIS

Something all children love to do is to go to a farm! See and touch animals, maybe be able to feed and pet them, sit in a tractor, see how the farmer take care of the yard….it is exciting even for me who grew up on a farm. I am proud of the job farmers do and I would definitely like to see that this profession raised in status from what it sometimes is nowadays. When I was younger, it was geeky being a farmer, something ugly you said about people who weren’t cool enough. In fact, the farmer’s job takes sometimes five years of education at a university, and you need a lot of knowledge to run a farm and take care of it properly in order to make money of the job. All this to say that I really like to bring children to the farm and teach them (and myself)  about agriculture, plants and animals. I think it is a very important job that is performed on a farm and I’d like to educate my son to know and to respect the nature, animals and understand how food is produced. How Scandinavian of me to get all head over heels when talking about the respect for the environment huh? 🙂

Located some 30km from the center of Paris, you find les fermes de Gally that is a relatively big farm with loads of activities for children. Except the animals and the regular farm attractions, there is also a possibility to pick fruits and vegetables when the season allows it, there are ateliers where children can bake their own bread, produce honey to mention some things, there is a café with very tasty brunches available, and a gift shop as well as a market with loads of exclusive and rare brands, here you can find all sorts of food, fresh as well as conserved.

I was there around christmas 2018 and it was a good day to come as there were not so many people there, now when the weather is more inspiring, I guess the place will be more and more filled with curious children who wants to discover the newborn animals when they arrive. The small goats are always popular as they are so kind and tolerant to small children’s hands coming to pet and maybe even lift them. Cuties.

It was a good trip, enough to do in a day when you may feel too absorbed by the city and you would like to get a touch of fresh air (and let the children run off their energy). After you’ve been at the farm, you can prolongate the exercution by taking a short drive to Versailles as it is not so far located from les Fermes de Gally. Versailles is a really nice city, not only for it’s extravagant castle, but for the splendid buildings and the pretty streets around – but that is another blog post!

 

Have a lovely saturday, sunny greetings from Paris! <3

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FREE ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN ON A SUNDAY

Did you just woke up? Or have your little heartbreaker been up and hence also you, since the early sunrise?

My son is a real latino, he has always been a good sleeper and he is actually still in bed, snoozing his sunday away. Yesterday we were out walking along the Madrid Rio park, and we did about 11km by foot during the whole day, there was so much to see and the weather was perfect so we never wanted to go home! A great tips for families travelling to Madrid with children and not sure of what to do – visit Madrid Rio!

 

Today is all about taking things slow, I have one only wish and that is to watch as many episodes of Homeland as possible, horizontal mode 🙂 But having a child at home means being at least a little bit active, so here are some tips of what you can do if your creativity is a bit rosty today, best of all : they’re all for free!

  • Put on some really good songs (or sing!) and dance, or clean or do other house duties together while singing out loud. When living in Oslo, we normally did this every friday, we cleaned the house together and celebrated the good work by having a really tasty dinner with dessert, I can warmly recommend cleaning the house that way! Include the children in all sorts of activities around the house, it is also a good way of introducing them to what it is like living alone. Otherwise the feeling of dancing and singing together is just lovely, who can stay in a bad mood when dancing?
  • Let your phone stay in a pocket the whole day and spend all your attention today on your child.
  • Bad weather outside? Snuggle up under a huge blanket and watch a movie together. For extra coziness : add warm chocolate!
  • Go out in the nature, or the nearest park and look at things. Yes I just mean all kind of random things, the trees, the stones, the snow, the grass, the dead leaves, the traces of animals if any…discover nature through your child’s eyes and try to answer all their questions. I love teaching Mini about nature, yesterday we talked about how birds construct their nests, quite tricky to answer without googling hehe 🙂
  • Bring all your pencils and colors outside and sit down and paint what you see together.
  • Have lunch outside! Or a snack! Or just a warm drink! Or a fruit! Everything tastes better outside!
  • Is the library open today? Go there! If it is closed, then find a book and read it together (and go to the library another day, awesome concept!).
  • Start a rock collection. Later, try to find out what sort it is and learn about different rocks together. Maybe there’s a Mineralogical Society nearby where you live where you can find information? This is so funny to get all nerdy about!
  • Visit a playground. No more explanation needed I guess?
  • Go plogging! This is a Swedish trend, sounds fancy but actually means go for a “litter clean up”-walk. Put on gloves and bring some big bags with you and make a stroll around your community. This is a great way of talking about really important things such as our precious earth and environmental issues of today. Early learning about the importance of not throwing trash in the nature, is essential basics for our little ones, my opinion (and also something Swedish and Norwegian children get to learn in kindergarten).
  • Write a letter to a family member or a friend (and don’t forget to send it!). Such a rare activity these days, but also one of the most heart-warming gifts to recieve. I couldn’t be happier for a real letter from anyone in these paper-free society we live in!
  • Learn a magic trick. Are you as bad wizard as me? Then I’d say it is OK to google “simple coin trick” and practice it together with Mini!
  • Bake something. Bread, fruit sallad, cakes, popsicles…whatever you feel like! Or let your child decide!

 

Pheeew, I got over-inspired by thinking of things I could do with Mini today, but I’ll stick to the plan, today we will take things slow. Make our homeworks outside in the sun is the only goal I have, all the rest will come as it comes!

 

Have a lazy sunday dear readers! <3

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