Art Anxiety: Unleashing an Eleven Month-Old Baby in a World-Famous Museum (re-blog)

Have you ever wandered around Paris (any large storied city) with a baby? My good writing friend and colleague Lucas Peters does it all the time with his eleven-month-old baby Zephyr (Zef, for short)! Here is a fun narration of his recent trip to the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris. In his non-baby time, Lucas writes travel books (he has a new guide out to Morocco), and he also teaches English to lawyers at the Sorbonne.

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I’ll the get the drama out of the way: there was no real anxiety in taking Zef to the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris’s Tuleries Gardens. Sure, I imagined him projectile-vomiting on a multi-million dollar, one-of-a-kind work of art. And the thought did cross my mind that if I passed a little too closely to a nude statue, maybe his little baby-grip would fasten onto the penis and rip it off. But what are the odds of these things actually happening? Luckily, pretty slim. This is probably why I felt confident taking Zef to the museum. On arrival, I saw that were a couple of other babies with their moms doing the same thing we were so I felt like we were in good company.

Why did we pick the l’Orangerie Museum? Well, this is one of my favorite museums in Paris and is often overshadowed by its big sisters nearby: The Louvre and the Musée…

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