Le Bon Marché (24 rue de Sèvres, seventh arrondissement)
We spent quite a few hours in this fabulous department store, and had a great deal of trouble dragging C away from the toy department (where the staff were absolutely lovely and encouraged the kids to play with all of the toys on display).
Do not miss the children's book/craft section at Le Bon Marché! I spent so much time in this section and found so many incredible books (I'll talk about some of the illustrators I found in later posts). In the end it was a good thing that I can't read French and that I couldn't convince G that I really really needed beautiful French children's books that I can't read, otherwise my wallet would have been much much lighter and my suitcase much much heavier.
Don't forget there is a branch of La Droguerie (buttons, ribbons, fabric, wool) on the top floor of Le Bon Marché!
Jardin du Luxembourg (sixth arrondissement)
beautiful park with glorious flowerbeds and sprawling lawns, perfect
for small children - entertainment for the small ones was sweetly
old-fashioned (think carousel rides, puppet shows and go-cart rides).
The park is scattered with lovely pale green chairs to relax in and
comes complete with a stern uniformed park warden chasing cyclists who
dared to ride through the park!