Wednesday, May 29, 2013

My trip to Versailles

I went to a castle today.

We took several metros and one really big fast train called the RER. The chateau de Versailles is more like a palace, not a medieval castle.  When I first saw the chateau, I saw a gate that looked like it was made out of gold. I asked my Mama, "Is that real gold?' And she told me they were painted with real gold in paint.

We went to the gardens first instead of going into the castle. The garden was HUGE, probably about a couple of miles long.

The king built this big, gigantic garden with labyrinths everywhere. The garden was basically built to entertain his child (the dauphin) and his rich guests.

There are many fountains. Here are some pictures of them.
Having fun at the Dragon Fountain
This is the Apollo fountain. He's riding horses out of the water...

After we looked at the fountains and walked a lot through the gardens, we found an open labyrinth.

It was pretty easy to finish the maze despite the complex picture on the map.

Then, we went BOATING in the castle's canals (les caneaux)!
A picture of me rowing

Don't worry. I've got this....

Arggggghhhhh! Scurvy dogs!

The clouds looked pretty ferocious. Not far away, there was a small cloud that was literally pitch back, but it didn't rain on us. I liked the boating experience. I liked it when I got to row the boat, but I didn't get to do it very long because I wasn't very good at it, as you can see.

We also visited my Tata Francoise again. And I found out something: her cat, named Biscotte (shown below) is a demon! Just kidding. She just wants something to eat.

Creepy cat, Julie, and me

French Word of the Day:

fraise (frez): strawberry. We ate some fraise ice cream at Versailles!

French Fact of the Day:
It is very rare to live in a house in Paris. Almost everyone in Paris lives in an apartment.

Now, Find the Mushroom in Versailles!

Thanks for Reading!
Julien Rémy

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Les Invalides

Today I went to Les Invalides. This used to be a hospital for wounded solders. Now, it's an Army Museum! It has armor from real knights, Napoleon's grave, and items from World War 1, and World War 2. Find the two pictures with the 1-Up Mushrooms today, and tell me in the comments where you found them. Each mushroom gives you one point!

Les Invalides.

The biggest cannon in the world- of its type. 

The armory.

This is a salamander on a canon. Medieval tales say that they can live in fire because, in real life, if you touch some salamanders' backs, it will burn your skin. The fire that you see coming out of the salamander's mouth is not him actually spitting fire like a dragon, but eating it. This was the king's symbol because he was feared and powerful.
This was a helmet of a a warrior named Anne. Back then, that was a boy's name. This is a special helmet because there is a hole in it where his jaw used to be. He was injured, but didn't die. He's also very lucky because he lived up to the age of 80. Most knights lived usually to the age of 20 or 30.

A knight on a horse

Big, bad guns

The guns were made in the 1600s!

The cross-bow

I learned a lot of stuff from an iPod tour for kids. It told me to search for items in the museum and then taught me a lot about the things.

More armor.

With funny faces

Hunting guns

We had to find this unicorn because the iPod requested it. We had to search for quite a long time, and finally found it. It's on this gun. All the hunting guns had beautiful decorations.

This is a black powder flask. Men would put it in a gun.

Little knights that princes would play with

Chinese Emperor suit.


The Dark Knight!

I'm looking at guns
More guns.


Children started training to be a knight when they were 6 or 7 years old. This is armor for a 6 year old.
This was a battle screen that told you all about the famous battle the Napoleon lost. We watched and listened to the strategy story for a long time. I loved it.

Armor for a child and for adults


Napoleon and me.

Tank from WWI!

A taxi for carrying French soldiers

the oldest armor made out of chain

A cool sword.

Au revoir!