Friday, March 16, 2007

Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat

I just love tongue-twisters, and this one's a favorite: I challenge you to say "toy boat" five times in a row, fast.

Okay, time's up! The only reason I thought of that wacky little exercise was the upcoming exhibit at the Musee de La Marine, Bateaux Jouets. Whew. Much easier to say, and it promises to be a delight to see as well.

Opening next Wednesday, the exhibit displays 100 years' worth of toy boats, from 1850 - 1950. Conjures up images of children in sailor suits at the pond at the Jardin du Luxembourg, and E.B. White's Stuart Little (not the awful Hollywood version.) The Lilliputian flotilla includes everything from antique toy submarines to miniature cruise ships, and images of the people who played with them.

Now where can I find the next exhibit on... wristwatches? (You know, wristwatch wristwatch wristwatch...)

Musée national de la Marine
Palais de Chaillot
17 place du Trocadéro
75116 PARIS

Téléphone : 33 (0)1 53 65 69 69

Métro : Trocadéro
Bus : 22, 30, 32, 63, 72, 82
Batobus : Tour Eiffel

Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Tuesdays.

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