ChiParis | An AmeriFrench Town

I didn’t mean to disappear for awhile, but I just couldn’t get this post up before a little weekend trip.  And, thank you so much for all the kind comments on my son’s town, McDashtown.  So, without further ado, here is ChiParis, that windy city of lights…or something like that!

My daughter named her town ChiParis, on a whim, while we were walking down Michigan Avenue as an homage to her fun fieldtrip and my trip to Paris this summer.  It’s funny, huh?

She chose to orient her town around a downtown rotary.  We originally planned to put a fountain in the middle, but she decided a pink Eiffel Tower would be better.  And let me just say, while her brother and I worked together on what could be characterized as a collaboration, she strongly preferred to work alone.  Make no mistake, Mommy, I have ideas of my own, thankyouverymuch.  That’s my girl!

The crown jewel of ChiParis is the Princess Castle, which she graciously allowed me to help her build.  She dictated colors and I built the frame work for her to decorate and embellish.  In case a person was unsure, she has labeled the outside, “prencess here” and “casel here open.”

Visitors can access the castle by a foot bridge over the Blue River that runs through town.

The local paupers can longingly gaze at the Princess’ pad from their shanties on the other side of the bridge.

She named her church “decoratd curch.”

And, she was the originator of the multiple entrances–her brother copied her.  Everyone has a door that is convenient:  bird, scrq (squirrel), cat, and ant.

Buckingham Fountain gushes near the tower.

Everyone drives (or clippity-clops) for miles to see the Princess and her castle.

As is custom, the Princess stands outside awaiting visitors.  Or, as my daughter wrote in the Shutterfly book we made about ChiParis:  “The Princess is a street performer, and the Whimzy Pets are giving her money.  They take pictures of her.”  Nice.

Not a bad gig the Princess gots going.

Despite the violent “no!!!!!!” on top of the ice cream stand and the “not open” emblazoned on the front and the “no kids [at] night” on the side, looks like we have a customer brave enough to ask for a cone.

Yummy ice cream by the fountain–a nice way to spend the day!

Life couldn’t be better in ChiParis, but we know what is coming, right?

As quickly as you can throw a dollar at a Princess on a street corner, the clouds rolled in.  Clouds and rain and a river that tends to jump its banks doesn’t mix well in ChiParis.

The inhabitants know this and they left town as soon as the first drops fell.

Just like a toy paper tower, the Eiffel Tower toppled in the black torrent that spilled from the river.  Soon all of ChiParis was underwater.

When it was too late, the sun finally peeked through the clouds.  Rescue workers arrived via motorboats to search for victims in the worst flood in the history of ChiParis.  No building was left standing.

Resilient and determined to build again, the ChiParisiennes banded together to salvage what they could (over a bowl of Corn Chex).

It is sad to see these two towns gone in a flash, but it is sure nice to have that valuable real estate back in the studio.  Plus, an empty space means a new project is just around the corner.


  1. This is fabulous! And inspiring… I’m thinking we might try this at our house!

  2. Such fun! But where did you find such a loosey-goosey princess? I guess it’s those big city gals! I would have such a hard time with tearing this lovlieness down but, I can only imagine what their next project will be. I love the creativity your kids are allowed to live in!

  3. Your cutie put my two favorite towns together. Smart girl! I am now going to put on my ball gown and stand in the street holding the enormous cat that roams the neighborhood…and wait for the cash to pile up!

  4. Donna Aitken says:

    Another masterpiece! Great job Juliet!

  5. Grandma says:

    This is so cool, Juliet! The castle was beautiful and I really liked the ice cream shop and fountain, church, and Eiffel Tower. This was very creative and well put together. I’m proud of you!

  6. sweet girl! You keep on doing it YOUR way {well, not for everything. You must listen to momma most of the time!!}. I love your city of ChiParis.

    So, was it a flood? Or the same tornado? Or a bad storm?

    Let me know when painting class opens in the studio 🙂 I will sign up right away!

    – {dar}

  7. Love it. It’s just what I would have built at that age–all the pink!! Love the name too–totally befitting a town with a big castle and princess.

  8. This is so cute and creative. I wish I would have made a Chi Paris with my daughter when she was younger.

  9. Adorable! I love the castle and the street performing princess. 🙂 So fun!

  10. I vote for any town that includes an icecream stand and a castle! Good work J!!! and Mom!!!

  11. Cristal says:

    You built TWO towns?? Wow, that must have been an undertaking! Tell J she did a great job! And I see she’s still wearing the PJ’s I gave her.

  12. grandpa says:

    Hi Juliet,
    You did a great job on your town! Your imagination amazes me.
    Anxious to see you later this month.
    Love you,

  13. I HAD to Pinterest this darling town!
    I think I am going to make one for myself to play with on rainy days.
    I’d hide it under my bed.
    Hugs and blessings to you!

  14. I was literally LOLing at the princess being a street performer. Hey, a girl’s gotta pay for her pink castle, I guess.

  15. I love it! I would like to live there!

  16. Peggy says:

    What a beautiful girlie town! She did a wonderful job! I loved the bridge in from of the castle, every castle needs a moat. I’d hoped to see the little artist dressed as an angry rain cloud. I’m really proud of her imagination and skills!

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