Awaken To French Toy Shops

Bonjour mes amis,

The festive season is creeping fast upon us isn’t it? Christmas shopping may have already begun in your house or perhaps you’ve been really organised and finished already?

If you are after toys to give your petite cherub this Noel and you are lucky enough to be in Lyon right now, (if not, perhaps on your next trip) you would find no greater inspiration than the toy shop, ‘Les Jouets des Anges’  at 68 Rue Saint Jean in the Old Quarter. Its title is literally translated as, ‘The toys of angels.’  My french awakening to its angelic name is not the only thing that I adore about this shop.

Pinocchio greets you at the door in full enamelled colour.

Inside, the choice is wild. On offer is a menagerie of traditional and contemporary toys which float, bounce, and jiggle across counter tops, floors, ceiling and every conceivable space in between.There are musical what nots and laughing puppets and whistling trains and gadgets and puzzling gizmos and animals and thingamijigs which will educate or just make you smile.

It’s the French version of  ‘Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium’. Watch this and discover…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5_rR5wBU3g&feature=related

As Mr Magorium puts it,

“Remember with faith and love and maybe a big block of wood, you may find yourself somewhere you have never imagined”

Maybe it’s in Lyon. Add ‘Les Jouets des Anges’ to your long list of things to do and see when you’re there. You don’t have to tell them your age!

Even angels need to be entertained at times.

Au Revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell

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copyright@2010 Therese Waddell

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2 Responses to “Awaken To French Toy Shops”

  1. Sounds delightful….I love the magic of a good old fashioned toy shop!

    Cheers!
    Hope Ava

    • Me too my friend! Nothing more magic than old fashioned wooden toys and musical bops and boodles! Who needs culture when you have family and friends over? Where there’s love, there’s always magic! Merry Christmas Hope and all the best for 2011. Therese

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