Falling in love with architecture – and Paris

Next week I am taking an 11 year old – and her mum – to Paris. It is a trip that I have promised since she was six years old, a chance to share my favourite city. Recently she told me that she thinks she wants to be an architect. i sent her some books, with plenty of potential for drawing, and said that we could look at some great buildings in Paris.

Next week I am taking an 11 year old – and her mum – to Paris. It is a trip that I have promised since she was six years old, a chance to share my favourite city. Recently she told me that she thinks she wants to be an architect. i sent her some books, with plenty of potential for drawing, and said that we could look at some great buildings in Paris.

Now of course her aspirations may have moved on since then. But they may not. So where to take her? Of course, some may say that I should simply warn her against such a poorly paying and uncertain profession. But I think enthusiasm is great.

She isn’t even a city girl. i don’t think she has seen many good buildings, or been inside an art gallery. I think the answer is not to show her a parade of wonders, but just to enjoy being in such a marvellous city, and be clear that architects were responsible for much of the splendour.

This may well enthuse her. And if not? Well so what? She can always decide to be a ballet dancer, or a novelist, or a nuclear physicist. So many choices…

Ruth Slavid

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