"The great legacy we can leave our children is happy memories." - Og Mandino.
This log covers August 7th - 17th, where we enjoy 10 days exploring the wonderful city of Paris. Hands on homeschooling opportunity at its best. What a treat before we begin to head farther north and the reality of family reunions enter our minds.
Monday, August 7th - Paris arrival.
|July Column at Place de la Bastille|
Tuesday, August 8th - Our first day out in grand Paris!
|Notre-Dame de Paris|
|Bronze statue of Charlemagne|
|Canadian embassy in Paris.|
|Arc De Triomphe|
|Names inscribed in the walls.|
|Tomb of the Unknown Soldier|
Thursday, August 10th - Parc Floral de Paris
|SNCF high speed train.|
|Parc Floral de Paris.|
|Japanese bonsai display. |
Saturday, August 12th - Our trip to the Palace of Versailles.
|A mere glimpse of the Palace.|
|Palace of Versailles Chapel|
|Hall of Mirrors. |
|Bust of Louis X1V of France|
We pop into the King's Throne room, which was commissioned by Louis X1V and was used until 1789 when everything came off the rails for the royals. This is the room where monarchs held official ceremonies, held council, gave awards and received foreign ambassadors.
|The Latona Fountain.|
The Latona fountain resulted when Louis X1V desired in the center of his garden, a fountain telling the story of the childhood of Apollo, the sun god that he had chosen for his emblem. Latona is the mother of Apollo in Greek mythology and through many alterations over the years, Latona is now raised above the other figures with her back to the Palace and she looks out towards the horizon.
|Red marble pillars...stunning.|
|Dry fountain waiting for its time of day.|
|Water brings the fountain to life.|
|Beautiful picture of Les Invalides with Eiffel Tower in behind.|
|Ancient bronze cannon barrels of Les Invalides.|
One of the first things you notice when you approach Les Invalides is the rows of cannons. These are not little cannons, they are for the most part giant beasts requiring iron trolleys just to stay in place. These cannons are part of the Museum of Artillery (Musee de l'Artillerie) founded in the aftermath of the French Revolution and expanded under Napoleon. Apparently Napoleon inspected the place and visited his men in 1808, 1813 and again in 1815 just before his abdication.
|Gilt-domed chapel (Dome of the Invalides)|
Today Les Invalides is a complex of buildings containing museums and monuments all relating to the military history of France.
|Knight in shining armor.|
Inside the Museum of Artillery there are nearly 100,000 interesting exhibits about the French Revolution, both world wars, clothing and weapons, warfare and strange gadgets from days long past. This area quickly becomes one of our favorite with the great displays of armor not only for the knights but for their horses too.
|The Flame of Liberty in honour of Princess Diana.|
|East bound entrance into the Pont de l'Alma tunnel.|
At 00:23 the driver of the vehicle lost control at the east bound entrance to the Pont de l'Alma tunnel. The car struck the right-hand wall and then swerved to the left of the two-lane carriageway before it collided head-on with the thirteenth pillar that supported the roof. At the time of our visit, the tunnel remained closed to traffic and the crash investigation ongoing.
The thirteenth pillar is badly gouged from the head-on collision of the car Diana was a passenger in. Diana was rushed to hospital with massive chest injuries where she sadly passed away at 4:53 am on the morning of August 31, 1997.
Many people have written notes on the pillar to Diana and flowers are still being left in her honour. She truly was the People's Princess. RIP
|Eiffel Tower just before dusk.|
The Eiffel Tower is considered to be a technological masterpiece in building-construction history. When the French government was organizing the International Exposition of 1889 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, a competition was held for designs of a suitable monument. Bridge engineer, Gustave Eiffel, got the green light from the Centennial Committee with his concept of a 300 meter (984 foot) tower built almost entirely of open-lattice wrought iron. When completed, the tower served as the entrance gateway to the exposition.
|The Eiffel Tower's Illuminations.|
|The Louvre Pyramid.|
|Main entrance to the Louvre museum.|
|The Dying Slave by Michelangelo. |
As one of Michelangelo's most famous sculptures, The Dying Slave is perhaps the closest any artist will come to hewing human emotion out of marble. The collection in this gallery is amazing.
|Double Bull - Richelieu Wing of Louvre Museum.|
This is our absolute favorite of the Near Eastern Antiquities collection.
|Double Bull column.|
The Double Bull, which belonged to the audience hall of the palace of Darius 1 in Susa, Iran. Sculpted from gray limestone around 510 BC, this colossal piece was from one of the columns which supported the roof of the Apadana, the largest and most magnificent buildings begun by Darius and finished by Xerxes.
|Great Sphinx of Tanis. |
The Great Sphinx of Tanis is a granite sculpture of a sphinx, which is a mythical creature with the head of a human and the body of a lion with the wings of a falcon. It is dated to the 26th century BC and was discovered in the ruins of the Temple of Amun-Ra in Tanis, Egypt's capital at the time. The Louvre acquired this great sculpture in 1826 and is now housed in the Egyptian Antiquities wing.
|The Mona Lisa from afar.|
We don't wait to get close enough to confirm the phenomenon that her eyes follow you around the room. That is a task or another date...we are out of here.
Thursday, August 17th - Depart Paris
|Au Revoir Paris!|
|Statue of Liberty - Pont de Grenelle, Paris|
It literally takes us a couple hours to completely clear the city and get back into the pastoral country again.
Join us in Log 51 as we head into the World War battlegrounds, come face to face with the Red Baron and enter Belgium.