I have a childlike fascination when it comes to dinosaurs. These incredible reptiles have been a source of major curiosity for me ever since I could read about them. I am utterly engrossed by what the earth was like millions of years ago. The Land Before Time was an epic movie while I was growing up (remember the theme song by Diana Ross?) and thanks to a (then exotic!) kiddie lunch toy from Pizza Hut in London, I owned a bendy-plastic puppet Triceratops called Cera who was one of my prized possessions. She was stubborn in the movie and I was no less so being the bossy older sister! My sister and brother had each received a Stegosaurus called Spike and a Pteranodon called Petrie. Cera and I were inseparable and I kicked Spike and Petrie’s butts often with my master puppeteer skills!
I heard that the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris had an exhibition on dinosaurs that would end in June and so we made our way there last weekend. Or so we thought. You should know that the French are (very) bad at signage – usually when you most need it! Between that and desperately seeking shelter from the rain, we actually ended up at Les Galeries d’Anatomie comparée et de Paléontologie which I only discovered recently! The dinosaur sculpture at the entrance certainly threw us off! Of-course, it was nothing like I expected but I cant say I didn’t enjoy it. It turned out to be a skeleton exhibit of every kind of species imaginable from little critters to monkeys to whales, giraffes and dinosaurs. It was fascinating and lots of fun trying to guess what animal or creature each skeleton belonged to. It’s amazing how much individuality cartilage and skin adds. Except for the very obvious ones like a giraffe or whale or crocodile, others were not easy to guess!
Can you imagine that that cute face in photo 7/8 above belongs to an elephant? I know!! Needless to say, I will be heading back there for the dinosaur exhibition that ends on June 24th. Apparently it’s been so successful, they’ve prolonged it. Yay for me!