Local Globetrotter Offers Advice to Parents Traveling with Kids

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Laguna local Andi Paulin had it in her mind to write a Paris guidebook for parents traveling with young children almost immediately upon returning from a 2010, five-week trip there with her then 5-year-old daughter and 2-year old son.

Laguna Beach artist Ellen Gladis did the artwork for Laguna Beach author Andi Paulin’s “Paris by Carousel” guidebook.

At the Dec. 6 Art Walk, Quorum Gallerywill host Paulin, who will read the prologue from “Paris by Carousel,” and the book’s illustrator Ellen K. Gladis,at a signing and artists reception from 6-9 p.m.

Lodged in a rental apartment on Ile Saint-Louis and armed with several guidebooks, Paulin found a carousel on that 2010 trip. Seeing how it delighted her children she began to seek out others in different parts of the city. “I’d take the kids for a ride on a carousel, then we’d visit a museum,” she said.

Paulin and her kids returned to Paris for several consecutive summers including 2012, when she brought along a new baby son and her father. “There is so much to do with kids in Paris,” she said.

Gladis is a local Laguna Beach artist and Newport Beach resident. She works in multiple mediums, including gold leaf, and specializes is realism and impressionism. She answered a postingPaulin left on a website called Thumbtack. “I got responses from illustrators and artists all over the country,” Paulin said. “Although the work she showed me wasn’t exactly what I was looking for, Ellen was persistent, so I asked her to send me some samples for the book,” Paulin added. She liked them, and they hit it off. Paulin said working with local talent was a bonus.

A former science teacher and business owner, Paulin is proud that her children, who are now 14, 11, and 6 years old, embrace becoming “part of the culture” while traveling.

“They’d like to take a year off school and just travel,” she said. She is currently planning a book about the carousels in New York City.

“Paris by Carousel,” a small book that can fit in a purse, it as well as itsoriginal watercolors, will be available for purchase at the Art Walk on Dec. 6 at Quorum Gallery, 374 N. Coast Highway.


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  1. I wonder if Andi Paulin and her children all subscribe to the Climate Change narrative. If they do, they’re Eco-Hypocrites, burning tons and tons of fossil fuel to travel around the world, like so many tens of millions of subscribers to National Geographic magazine, and Sierra Club and Smithsonian and so many other groups and clubs. All of them preach one thing while practicing exactly the opposite. Rick Steves, travel guide to Europe, ends every episode with “Keep on travelling!” AFTER he has told you how Climate Change is devastating mankind and will cause horrific flooding. So “keep on travelling,” eh all you Eco-Hypocrites. National Geographic even offers a “Round the World By Private Jet”, only $95,000 per person. Keep on burning fossil fuel, while you tell everyone else how evil fossil fuel is. Brilliant.


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