|Musee du Louvre|
The first stop had me captivated. The code of the law of Hammurabi from Babylon carved into Basalt. There were 282 laws carved, including some which we were familiar with, such as an eye for an eye. Elisa took us through the museum for 2.5 hours which flew by. She did well to deal with all three children, engaging them and maintaining their interest. Here's a little snippet to just to give you some idea of what she had to deal with. She was trying to explain symbols and asked the children what they thought might be a symbol of Paris. Elliot's answer...The Eiffel tower. Lara's...Notre Dame. Jonah's...Disneyland Paris. She was able to make the art understandable and enjoyable for the children which was the ultimate purpose. The children loved the tour and as a result also loved the museum. Elliot thought the Louvre was "awesome"! I know that we barely scratched the surface of the Louvre collection, but I have to admit that as an adult with limited attention span, it was a great way to see the museum! It was informative, and there was no time wasting getting lost or arguing about what to see next!
|Ready to take on the museum|
|A sad little boy who got left behind by his brother and sister|
|Arc du Carrousel|
|Louis XIV, the last to live at the Louvre|
|Going inside the famed glass pyramid|
|The children getting their 'kit'|
|Code of Hammurabi|
|Jonah's preferred position of "working". Sigh...so classy|
|Neolithic statue from Jordan dating from 7000BC|
|So sophisticated back then that even their statues have buttocks|
|The original medieval fortress under the Louvre|
|Venus di Milo|
|Elisa had to work hard to engage Jonah|
|Look familiar? A concept repeated in Versailles|
|Lovely Mona who looks right at you from the right...|
|...as well as from the left!|
|The children completed their mission and found their treasure|
|A boardgame based on monuments in Paris!|
We pushed on and made our way to Rue Cler for some foodie experience. We wandered down the short street with admired the pretty shop windows. We purchased some goodies to eat back at the apartment including a sweet brioche, some cheese, baguettes and wine. We decided to visit the nearby Musee de l'Armee at the Place des Invalides. This was an unexpected hit, especially with Jonah. He loved every part of the museum. It had the most amazing collection of everything to do with war. Beautifully detailed suits of armour were on display as were amazingly ornate guns guns and muskets. It was a shame that these were behind glass and so the photos didn't turn out. I never knew that canons could come in so many shapes and sizes. Malcolm satisfied his interest in World War I with their wonderful displays. We had to run to the adjoining chapel to see Napolean's Tomb before closing time. We had to drag Jonah out as they closed down the musuem.
The children were suddenly tired. Feet that were running a few seconds previously became "sore". We caught the metro back to the apartment and bought crepes for dinner. Mushroom and chicken crepes for main, and nutella crepes for dessert.
We accidentally found a new parenting technique for Jonah on our climb up the Notre Dame yesterday which we used with great effect today. He was always trying to run ahead and Malcolm told him to hold his hand.
Jonah "Why Dad?"
Malcolm " Because that's the rule"
Jonah "Does it say that you have hold your daddy's hand on the sign?!"
Malcolm "Yes, it says Jonah has to hold his daddy's hand."
No more arguments. Hand held successfully with no wriggling. Today we saw many signs with rules for Jonah.Let's hope he doesn't start reading too soon...
|Lovely shops along Rue Cler|
|Drawn in by pretty displays...|
|Ok. Let's buy|
|A surprise hit|
|The children ready to go again!|
|Weapons were a big drawcard|
|Ummm...but what is that on top of the canon?!?!?|
|The chapel housing Napoleans Tomb|
|The biggest coffin we've ever seen|
|And the purchase that is allowing me to blog!|