S: CARTER'S PARIS ADVENTURE 2011
BC: Brought to you by Spark & Kimberly Lovings
FC: Europe 2011 Paris June 15 to June 20
2: The bridges had beautiful architectural details like the N for Napoleon that was on one of them.
3: After checking in to our hotel, we took a sunset boat cruise along the Seine. It was very crowded but we got a spot at the front on the deck. We originally thought it was the back based on how everyone else was seated.
4: Introducing Spark, the dog! Cruising the Seine, seeing Notre Dame, and the Eiffel Tower. | Paris
6: At the Louvre, we saw "Liberty Leading the People", "Winged Victory", "The Mona Lisa", and many Greek statues Carter liked. It was a short trip because everyone was tired. | THE LOUVRE
8: Our hotel was very close to the Eiffel Tower. We passed it often.
9: The Champ de Mars was a big park surrounding the Eiffel Tower. | Champ de Mars with La Tour Eiffel in the Background
10: My Favorite!
11: Musee de l'orangerie houses Monet's Water Lilies which are 8 separate paintings that take up 2 oval shaped rooms in the museum.
12: The streets of Paris branch out from the Arc de Triumphe in spokes. The views are wonderful. It is quite a climb to get there but well worth it. | Views from Arc de Triumphe
14: Notre Dame de Paris and Spark | The Center of Paris on Ile de la Cite | Carter and Gary went to the top of the bell tower in Notre Dame after we toured the church. It was a wait and a climb but it was worth it to see the bell and the gargoyles. | We went early so the church was not too crowded. Kimberly was able to translate some of the plaques from French to English which was good. We were also treated to a choir performance while we were there.
17: Versailles | Hall of Mirrors
18: A storm blew up soon after we went to the garden so we rented a golf cart to stay dry while we looked at the fountains
19: The Gardens at Versailles We took time out to enjoy the gardens and fountains after going to the other palaces and having lunch
20: Spark Enjoys the View from the Eiffel Tower | Kimberly and Carter at the Top of the Eiffel Tower | We went at sunset so we could see it day and night. Because we had prepaid tickets we got to go in right away. It was a little windy but beautiful. Carter looked through the telescope - so did Spark, see right.
21: Army Museum, Napoleon's Tomb, the Rodin Museum, and the Orsay
22: The Gates of Hell and The Thinker by Rodin
23: Carter was really excited to go to the Rodin Museum and see The Thinker. Both that and The Gates of Hell were located in the garden. Kimberly's favorite piece is The Kiss which was inside. We didn't have much time in the museum but saw everything we wanted.
24: Carter's Story I wasn't excited about going to Paris because I couldn't speak French. I liked the taxi ride to hotel. Our room at the hotel was 416. I had my own bed underneath the TV. We had a safe in the hotel room and every time we left the hotel we put all of our valuables in it and locked it. I mostly usually used the elevator but I sometimes used the stairs. The stairs were very crooked and uneven. I felt like I was going to fall flat on my face when I went up the first flight. Our hotel was close to a metro stop, a grocery store, and cafes. The cruise was very long. We got to see lots of Paris. The information was said in every language. The Louvre was big. I only liked two things in it. I ruined it for mom by making us go back to the hotel early. I liked the Mona Lisa and a painting of the French Revolution because it looked like the Mona Lisa`s eyes were following me and the French Revolution painting looked like Les Miserables. I loved the L`Orangerie. I had seen the paintings in class but only parts of it. All the paintings are paintings of Monet`s pond. In the rooms everywhere you looked you saw his paintings.
25: The Arc de Triumphe was amazing; at the top it looked like all the roads branch off from it. They even had a museum inside. On the way up there were a lot of stairs. On the ride to the steak restaurant we saw the Eiffel tower sparkling. At the restaurant all they serve is steak in a sauce and fries. They also serve salad. It was my favorite restaurant over all. The Notre Dame was huge. On the inside they had statues and stained glass windows. Dad and I went up into the tower and onto the roof and found lots of gargoyles. The bell in one of the towers was as big as the guest bathroom! The information said there might have been a Hunchback of Notre Dame. I don`t remember a lot about the Sacre Coeur. You could see all of Paris from it. We took the Funicular up to the Sacre Coeur because it was a long walk up lots of stairs. The Funicular was a car that was pulled by a cable.
26: Carter's Story Continues We went shopping in Montmartre after the Sacre Coeur. Shopping in the rain wasn't fun. When we had lunch it started to rain. I had a quiche for lunch. We looked for a French flag for me but we couldn't find one. Instead we found a sweatshirt for me. At Versailles we went to a place where royalty lived. When we went inside it was so crowded I got claustrophobic. The Hall of Mirrors was big and in the time they built it, mirrors were rare. Inside they also had lots of thrones that were from all over the world. The garden had lots of fountains. We rented a golf cart because we wanted to stay dry if it rained. We rode the tram to smaller palaces. There was a huge storm after we left. At first I was scared to go to the top of the Eiffel tower. The elevators are in the legs. When we were in line to get on the elevator a big group of students pushed in front of us to get on. When we went up it was very windy. At the top they have everything; they have a cafeteria and a gift shop. You can see most of Paris from the top using a telescope.
27: We didn't stay very long at the Orsay. We looked at a lot of paintings by Van Gogh and one by Whistler. I mostly liked Van Gogh`s paintings. I didn't like the Whistler painting because I like bright colors and not dark colors in paintings. The painting at the Orsay was the same one that I once saw in class. At the army museum we only looked at WWI and WWII. Most of it was about how we helped the French fight the Germans. It also showed what the French and Germans used. At the Rodin museum all they had was statues. We saw three; the Thinker, the Kiss, and the Gates of Hell. We were going to eat there but we found out the food was bad. The food in Paris was good. I liked having crepes, quiches, and omelets. The steak restaurant was my favorite. I didn't like taking the underground or the metro because it was bumpy and tight. I liked taking taxis because we got to see a lot of the city. I didn't like the plane rides because they were usually delayed. ~ The End (until the next adventure)