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Paris all the way through
Submitted by bugsly on Sunday, April 16, 2006 - 00:33 Car | Core | Foreign Language and Music Study | France | Train | Walk

On Thursday we got up early and arrived at Waterloo Station in London in time for our train. We got on the Eurostar which goes through the Chunnel (Channel + Tunnel) and were in Paris by 2:00 pm. We went to our hotel, dumped our bags and went out to find lunch. That was easy considering the number of cafes on the street, the competition must be fierce! I had my first crepe which was drenched in super-rich chocolate. Delicious! After that, my
Dad and I went off to see the Musee D’Orssey, which is an art museum in a converted train station. We waited in line for a while and then got in to see the amazing works of the Impressionists. My favorite piece of art there was a large piece of glass on the floor and when I looked down I could see buildings below as if I were a giant above a city. It was a weird feeling.

On Friday we met Ellen from Paris Muse at the Louvre for a tour designed for kids. We went through the Louvre in about 3 hours and she made it very fun by creating clues that we had to find to solve a mystery sentence. We saw Assyrian, Greek, Egyptian, French, Italian and German art, you name it, we saw it. At the end of our tour we got to see the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci in all her glory. There was a special kids viewing gallery where we got to see her up close. The special thing about her is her smile. Her smile is as if she had seen all of Leonardo’s inventions (secret at the time) and taken absolute joy in them. Eventually though it was time to move on and Michael and I solved the mystery and claimed our prize. We got a DVD tour of the Louvre and a special book on Monet for kids. It was a great day and I learned a lot and had fun.

Later that evening, we went to the Eiffel Tower. At 8:00 pm, in addition to the regular lights, they had a sparkly light show all over the tower. It was magnificent. The line to go to the top was too long however, so we decided to come back another day.

Saturday my Dad and I went to Notre Dame. It was so cool to see the flying buttresses that hold up the roof. I also saw the gargoyles leaning out from the building ready to spit water out of their mouths at the next available rainstorm.

My Dad and I had a great lunch together and I had another crepe. Yum. We had a late dinner and went to bed.

Sunday morning Mom, Michael, Grandpa and Ann all went to church before I could catch up with them. So instead I had breakfast in the hotel and waiting for them to return. After they got back, we all headed to the Eiffel Tower. When we got there, the lines weren’t as bad and we waited our turn to go to the top. The Eiffel Tower was amazing and going to the top made me feel a little bit woozey. Paris stretched out father than I could see, with low clouds on the outer edges. When it was time to go back to the bottom, I couldn’t help looking at the beautiful view even though I felt butterflies in my stomach. It was a great experience.

We had a light meal later that evening. I had vegetable soup and Pommes Frites (French fries!). After we got back to the hotel we said our “goodbye for now” to Grandpa and Ann and went off to bed.


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