Thursday, May 19, 2011

Thursday

Hi, friends, teachers, and adults!  Bonjour mes amis!  This morning was extraordinary!

Today, we went to the world's only elevated promenade, which means it's the only walkway garden that is upstairs, above the ground. It's 4.7 kilometers long (about 3 miles), and I walked the whole way.

Whew!  All the miles I walked today were over 6 miles. (I walked over 3 miles every day in France.  That means I've walked over 18 miles already.)

Here are some pictures of La Promenade plantée :

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Oooh, Ahhh.  This smells good.  There are thousands of roses along this pathway.



A bridge on the Promenade...

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After a few kilometers in the walkway, Mama took a break, but I still exercised at this park. This French slide is a little complicated, because there's a little wiggly platform you have to survive, and there's no bottom to sit on in the slide.  So apparently, what you have to do is swing your legs around the poles, hang on, and slide down.  At first, I was too scared, so I went back down the ladder.  But I kept on trying and trying until I actually got it.  It was pretty fast going down, I can tell you that!
 

This is the Tuilleries fountain.  Two toy sailboats were floating in the water.

That's the Obelisque behind me.

 Next, we went to Monet's art museum.  It's really called the Musée de l'Orangerie, because they used to keep the orange trees in the building in the winter so they wouldn't freeze.

Here are some paintings of Monet's.



 These are paintings of other famous artists.
 Renoir:



 Soutine is Papa's favorite artist:
 Another Soutine:

 Finally, our dinner tonight.  It's very French food. Mmm mmm.  A baguette, saucisson (meat), brie cheese, Champagne for Maman, wonderful apricot juice for me, Greek yogurt, and a boule Chocolatee (chocolate ball).  Bon appétit to everyone!


French Word of the Day:
Bon appétit! is something you say at every dinner in France.  It means "Have a good meal!"

Fun Fact of the Day:
Monet's famous painting of the bridge is at the Musée d'Orsay, across the street from the Musée de l'Orangerie.

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