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A gift for Sparkfriends with a child's heart...

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Hello dear Sparkfriends!

I had an appointment in Poissy, in the North-West of Paris, today. As I had never been there, I decided to take the opportunity to go for a long walk around the little town and by the nearby Seine...

When I got there, I stopped at the Tourism Office first to take a map and some information...

And then I headed for a lovely walk by the Seine...

There is very little left from the old bridge, as it was destroyed by bombings in 1944. Most of it is like this...

But there are a couple of arches on the side which are still standing...

A new bridge has been built in the 50s.

I briefly stopped at the church ('la collégiale', 12th century)... Sorry, there is no picture of it seen from outside (it was drizzling and my picture is ugly!), but here is one from it inside. I love its simplicity.

A bit further, I entered Parc Meissonier, which had a very quiet, peaceful atmosphere.

It wasn't lacking colors... There was some yellow leaves left or some that had just fallen...

And some beautiful yellow flowers...

When I left the park, I took the abbey's path, although there is actually almost nothing left from the abbey...

The barn on the right is all that is left from what was once a huge abbey with many buildings (built in 1297).

By now, you must be wondering why I mentioned a child's heart in the title of this blog! Thank you for your patience... :) After this long wonderful walk, I went... here...

Le Musée du Jouet! The Toys' Museum.

So... here is my Christmas gift to you, a bit early! :) I hope you'll enjoy it...

The first room was full of old teddy bears! I don't think I had a teddy bear as a child actually... did you?

The next room was packed with dolls, hundreds of them...

I loved this 19th century doll, which looked so melancholic...

And this 18th century one is one of the treasures of the museum...

As is this one, a late 18th century doll from the South of Italy (Napoli):

The nuns were in the window next to the Barbie dolls!

There were pets too!

The room with puzzles and jigsaws was great, colorful, fun...

... and very unusual! (Imagine a jigsaw like this one, 'Mary's heart', in a chain of toys' stores today?!!!)

Of course, there were lots of boys' games too!

Little soldiers for war games...

Those ones are German soldiers from the 19th century:

In the room with all the puppets, I found those ones a bit scary!

In the last few rooms, there was an exhibition about André Hellé (1871-1945), a French designer and creator of toys. I found it wonderful!

André Hellé created a ballet for puppets with Claude Debussy, out of his book 'Histoire d'une boîte à joujoux' (Story of a toys' box). It was playing in the last room at the museum, such a treat!... You can listen to it on the Internet. Here is the first part...

I hope you didn't mind that today's blog was a bit different. I don't often take you to a museum!!! Thank you very much for reading!

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    970 days ago
    that was really neat!
    1904 days ago
    I'm sorry it took so long to visit your page again. You have such wonderful walks/hikes. I loved the toy museum, but you are right about the puppets-they were a little scary. I had teddy bears and a doll or two, never a Barbie doll those in your picture look so elegant. And you are right about the puzzle picture of the Sacred Heart of Mary-don't think we'd see one today.
    Thanks for your gift of photography.
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    1909 days ago
    Thank you so much for posting this! I just loved the toy museum - wonderful, wondeful things! I especially love seeing the old dolls.
    1910 days ago
    Stumbled across your blog from another friends comment. Glad I did - thank you for sharing. That was very interesting.
    1916 days ago
    Is that a Boston Terrier toy?! (Ok it's probably a French Bulldog but it looks like my Bingley)

    Sounds like you had a great time!
    1916 days ago
    What lovely photos!

    I love your page! Clemetines also scream CHRISTMAS to me!!

    Have a great day and keep ...

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    1916 days ago
    Love the photos. What a great museum. Thanks for sharing.
    1920 days ago
    How wonderful Claire. Such a sweet gift. Thankyou. I loved it.! You really do have a talent of bringing everything to life. And yes I had a teddybear as a child. You could wind it up in the back and it played the teddybear march and it's head slowly moved around in a circle. It was given to me as a small child when I spent many years in the hospital from parents of a fellow patient I roomed with. That little girl passed away. That teddy bear was very dear to me. I kept it on my bead all growing up evening as a teenager. At 18 my Mom sold the house and threw out many of my personal belongings. She was having her own difficulties at that time. Sadly the bear was one of them. I still thing of that bear. My husband knew of the importance of that bear and our first Christmas together he gave me a beautiful wooden jewelry box and when I opened it , it played "the teddy bear march". He was a good man. It brings tears of joy to me just thinking of it Claire. I'm going to go find that box in my Mom's hope chest. I hope it's still there.

    Merry Christmas Claire, you are loved.

    - Kristan
    1920 days ago
    The entrance of the museum is a really nice composition with the colours, shape, contrast with letters and the big patch on the other side.

    I love how you combine exercise (the walk) and your passion of photography!
    1921 days ago
    Les ours en peluche sont tellement adorable! Et les poupées aussi!
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    Joyeuses fêtes!
    1922 days ago
    Claire that was fabulous, as a child I loved the Bethnal Green museum of childhood in London and I used to take my daughter Kayleigh to a toy museum in Baden-Baden when we were stationed there but I had never been to the Parisien one! Merci beaucoup!
    1922 days ago
    Thank you Claire! I didn't see this over the weekend, but I am enjoying it now! Yes I had a bear, it was a panda with a music box inside. I had 3 dolls and a china tea set, my dad made a table and little chairs for me so I could play tea party. We had a little dog and I would dress her in a doll bonnet and take her for a ride in the doll buggy, she was very patient and didn't often try to get away.

    I really enjoyed this one! And I'm actually very glad they didn't pull down the stone bridge, it is beautiful and a reminder of the past.

    I wrote a blog about my weekend too, I finally got it up today.

    1923 days ago
    I always wanted to go to Paris thankyou for taking me.

    In my family the boys got teddy bears, girls got a doll or some other animal (I had a rabbit) emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1924 days ago
  • KAREN91
    I love all the places you take us on your walks. Im very blessed to have such a wonderful talented friend! I didnt have a teddy bear but I had a special doll I slept with. I named her sweetie pie she had very short hair because I cut her hair when I was too young to do a good job. I had other dolls but she was the important one that I had to have all the time when I was little. I used to blame her for all the stuff i did too! Your blogs have away of transporting us to a happier place. emoticon emoticon emoticon Even when Im feeling down your blogs make me smile, Thanks Claire!
    1924 days ago
    wonderful blog, claire - thank you for this gift!
    1925 days ago
    lovely blog -- another place i ought to visit. no, i don't recall ever having a teddy bear. my kid, otoh, ....yes. several. i think i went directly from dolls to books at age 6.
    1925 days ago
    What a fun blog! Thank you for sharing the walk and the museum. Love the dolls!
    1925 days ago
    How wonderful !! A person never outgrows their love of children's toys ! I love museums like this. When I was in Amsterdam at the Riksmuseum, one of the exhibits was a beautiful, fully furnished doll house from the 18th century. I love looking at dolls and doll houses. The detail is just amazing.

    Thanks once again for a wonderful travel blog !


    1925 days ago
    I enjoyed so much this tour of the toys! I have some old dolls also, along with ALL my childhood teddies -- yes, I'm sentimental about them, they were my pals!
    Love the 12th century church - some rounded, some slightly pointed arches - the early ones are always really nice.
    AND the little dog struck my fancy! would love to see this museum!
    Have a lovely week and enjoy wearing your sequined coat! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1925 days ago
    Thanks so much for posting these photos. I love your walks, and look forward to the time that I can see everything myself!!
    1926 days ago
    Too cool. Thanks so much. This is exactly what I needed this morning, to get a awa for a bit.
    1926 days ago
    Oh! One of the dolls looks exactly like one of my Mum's! And Barbie dolls! A walk down memory lane, hehe.
    Have a lovely Monday!
    1926 days ago
    Once again you found a beautiful area to walk in. I was surprised when you said he bridge was built in the 50's. It looks newer then that. The flowers are pretty. It's nice to see them this time of year. What a fun Museum. I'm so glad you took us for the tour. Loved the dolls!
    1926 days ago
    I loved this gift! emoticon I had never "been" in a toy museum before... Your wonderful pictures really took me there... I had a big brown teddy bear for a while when I was a kid... poor thing I tossed it around all over the place... frankly I don't remember what happen with it... it's probably in toy heaven by now... emoticon I absolutely loved the music too! What a treat this gift was! emoticon
    Sending you love and emoticon as always!
    1926 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    What fun! Such a lovely Christmas present--a walk and a toy museum (and Debussy, of course)!

    When I was little, I had an aunt who made crocheted teddy bears. I had one of hers. I still have the one she made for my son.
    1926 days ago
    How delightful. What a wonderful end to just a beautiful stroll. I love the fact that there is actually a toy museum in this village. My father was from Napoli so the doll was especially meaningful to me. I do still have family there and in Leone and Nice.

    This was just a wonderful gift. All of your walks are a gift. Without you we would never see so many wonderful places.

    Until our next walk together...Dieu bénit et a une semaine magnifique.

    1926 days ago
    1926 days ago
    Oh this was so wonderful! Both the outside and in the museum! I don't remember a teddy bear, but my mom says that when I was little I had a stuffed monkey I wouldn't part with until it got lost after a couple of years. I can't remember that far back, but apparently it was very important to me the first few years of my life. My grandkids, on the other hand, have had a LOT of stuffed toys over the years.
    Thanks for sharing such a wonderful place with us.
    1926 days ago
    I can't describe how much I enjoyed this different blog of yours today, Claire! All the pictures are just amazing! The bridge, the river, the church and all those toys from the innocent days of our childhood...! Incredible!
    A big thank-you from a Sparkfriend who is still a child at heart. In my opinion, we all are. It's just that some of us have buried it deep inside our hearts and our minds. But the little child we used to be is still there...
    1927 days ago
  • BAKER1009
    Thanks Claire...I haven't been to a museum in a long time...this was very nice!

    1927 days ago
  • BEWELL48
    Your pictures are spectacular! Thank you with all my heart! emoticon
    1927 days ago
    I loved my visit to the teddy bear sits in an antique desk in my kitchen. At night DH charges his blue tooth and rests it on Teddy's ear over night. I loved listening to this rendition of the ballet; Debussy created some beautiful treasures, and how lovely it is to have this playing in the museum! I remember fondly the years my DD was in high school and college symphonic band, and this took me back in time. DH still has the toy train set that his grandfather bought him for Christmas, and we display it from time to time. When my mother and I go antiquing, she will point out to me toys like those that she had seen as a little girl although she owned very few herself. She taught us to treasure what we had.

    I am always fascinated when you share photos of the vestiges of WWII. My father landed in Normandy not long after D-Day, and his unit moved through France. I always wonder if you are showing us scenes that my father once saw as a young soldier. He is 88 now.

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    1927 days ago
    Once again thank you for a woderful pictorial tour.
    Your pictures are amazing. I especially loved seeing the
    toys in the toy museum. Godbless you my friend. emoticon
    1927 days ago
    Loved all the pictures...but especially the toy museum! My sister and I toured a wonderful museum of dolls and miniatures in Kansas City. We simply loved all the intricate doll miniature worlds you could fall into.
    1927 days ago
    Claire Thank you so much for this wonderful Blog. You illustrate things so very well and it reads like a story. You are one talented lady. Thanks so much for sharing your history. HUGS Pat in Maine.
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    1927 days ago
    Oh my goodness!! What a fun blog!! I just love all of it!! I love the remenents of the bridge - very interesting to know that it was victim to WWII. I am always humbled to see how much such a terrible war has affected our lives, even today.
    The toy museum if fantastic. I adore the picture of the doll with the table set for tea. Brings back so many memories of my own childhood. And, would you believe that, not only did I have a teddy bear, but I still have it!! It is showing it's age, but still in tact - minus it's eyes. emoticon
    And, all of my barbie dolls are still at Momma's house, in the attic. I know, we never throw anything away. Ah, the memories!!
    Thank you, sweet Claire, for this trip down memory lane. What joy you have brought to my heart today!!
    Blessings, my lovely friend!!
    1927 days ago
    Thank you from my heart!! What a wonderful view! Be blessed and keep Sparkin'!!
    1927 days ago
    Wonderful! Thank you so much for sharing your day.
    1927 days ago
    Oh Claire what a treat seeing the history & learning more. Benjamin Franklin lived in Poissy while the American Revolutionary war was going on, which I did not know before.Napoleon Bonaparte wanted the banks of the Seine to be his final resting place but that was not to be. It is unbelievable to me there are places still standing since the 1200's. The old church in the photo is that still used? I bet the singing in the church is magnificent. The toy museum to see that must have been breath taking. I was reading that an artist Georges Trincot had all those toys in his private collection & the town bought them & set up this wonderful toy museum. Oh Claire how I wish I were a butterfly to be in your beautiful Paris to flit from place to place. You are truly blessed to see all of this wherever you go in your beloved Paris,but we are blessed to have you bring it to us. Thank you so much Claire, if you are having a down day just think of us & what joy you bring to us.
    Have a lovely Sunday
    1927 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/8/2012 9:30:21 PM
    Thank you for sharing the lovely photos of your walk. I LOVED the museum, it reminded me of my well loved teddy bear and doll. emoticon
    1927 days ago
  • DNRAE1
    First, a lovely walk with beautiful pictures, followed by a visit to a delightful museum.......what's not to like? I enjoyed it all very much. Thank you!
    1927 days ago
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog! I love when people share their travel pictures as I don' t travel far from home. Pictures were wonderful and informative. Hope you have a wonderful holiday! emoticon
    1927 days ago
  • RAMONA1954
    Thanks for taking us on your tour today. The museum was a nice treat. Thank you.
    1927 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    Thanks for the treat Claire, how lovely :-) Thanks for the guided tour!
    Your pics are as beautiful as ever :-) A friend of mine writes a blog too, has done so for several years, and he's now compiled a book from it, as a gift for his family and friends.... Got my (ever-so-subtle) hint? ;-)
    Went to a Christmas fair here in Kunming yesterday, some lovely arts and crafts, but, nothwithstanding the crowds, photos were not allowed anyway... too bad...
    Have a great weekend Claire :-)
    1927 days ago
  • CRISSA1669
    Beautiful, thank you. I will be making a trip to Paris in May 2013(my 1st trip to Europe ever) and can't wait to see so many of these things in person!! :)
    1927 days ago
    Another very enjoyable visit. Thank you for bringing us along!
    1927 days ago
  • NAN041
    Dear Claire,
    You never fail to surprise
    us, many thanks...Nan
    1927 days ago
    How delightful, THANK YOU! Those nun dolls are keeping an eye on those "Barbie dolls"! ha ha

    I so look forward to your blogs and awesome pictures, I am NEVER disappointed!

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    I did have a "teddy bear" as a child. The judge that officiated at my adoption gave it to me as a gift and so it was named after him. I have no idea where it wound up? It would definitely be quite an antique by now, lol.

    1927 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Thank you, I loved the walk, I really would love to sit for awhile on one of those benches, but not in the rain.
    The Toy Museum was great, I never had a teddy bear either, mostly dolls, I did have a barbie, and a tea set, thank you for childhood memories.
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    1927 days ago
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