Sunday, June 28, 2015
Thursday, June 25, 2015
This year has flown by and I just can't seem to keep caught up. Since March, I have written one blog post, but I think it is best to keep that blog post unpublished for awhile. Instead I decided to just go slowly through and see if we can catch up to our "now" by the end of summer. So here it is-
Part Une- Paris:
The kids and Rob really didn't want to go to Paris, but Emma decided she really needed to see it before going back to the states, so we fit it into our Spring break trip. Our trip there started out great. We stopped at Verdun and lit a candle at the memorial there.
We also wandered around the pock marked landscape. Think of a teenagers face who is suffering with severe acne- that is Verdun. You look at the landscape 100 years after World War 1 and it's still so scarred and full of holes that you wonder how anyone survived!
Then we stopped at Reims and saw the Norte Dame Cathedral where all the kings of France have had their coronations.
It was amazing! Joan of Arc brought Charles the VII here to be crowned.
After all those stops we got to Paris rather late. We stayed in a wonderful tiny Parisian apartment in a great neighborhood. Unfortunately it was such a hopping neighborhood it took Rob 2 hours to find a parking spot. We were so worried about the car the entire time we were there. Besides a little keying on the gas tank, it came away OK, however and without parking tickets! We kept it where it was after getting it parked and metro-ed everywhere.
We saw Notre Dame (We actually liked the Reims one better.)
Although the Paris one does have an amazing rose window in blues.
We all put our feet on point zero- we were there!
I kissed Rob on the Lock Bridge
We continued our tradition and had French Fries in France!
We saw the Eiffel Tower and climbed up over 700 steps to the second platform.
Poor Max was crying most of the way, because he is so afraid of heights, but he kept going. I took him inside the stores and museum parts to get him inside away from the wind. That helped a lot.
We also subjected them to the Louvre.
Yep- had to be done.
And we saw her- over about 200 heads, but we still saw dear old Mona Lisa.
We also walked the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. Along the way we ate yummy macaroons
- our favorite were the lemon, and rode this amazing slide at a car shop.
The Arc De Triomphe circle is still as crazy as ever. You can sit there for hours being amused and amazed that there aren't more accidents.
It's something like 11 entrances and exits all converging and diverging around that remarkable monument. These Parisians are crazy!- so Asterix would say. We found his amusement park-
too bad it was opening up a few days after we were there. The kids love Asterix and Obelix. We saw it as we made our way to....