|Partial view from behind|
|View from the front.|
|Tomb of the unknown soldier.|
|We love spiral staircases!|
Again, we climbed stairs to the top of the monument. There were a couple of different levels before getting to the terrace on the top. Each of them had exhibits about French military history, another about arches all over the world there were exhibits, a store and a WC. We made it to the top. The wind was a bit chilly so the kids were done in about a minute but Hyrum loved the views and could have spent a while up there taking it all in.
|We were hiding from the wind.|
After the Arc, we walked down the Champs Elysee. It was fun and kind of crazy to see all the shops. The day was pretty cold so we stopped into a bakery at one point to buy a treat and warm up a bit. We bought pain au chocolate, an apple turnover, a chocolate stuffed croissant, and Hyrum and I each had a raspberry custard danish. It was tasty. I love laminated dough, it is so pretty, so tasty and so versatile. I can't wait to get home and see what deliciousness I can create!
|There was an animal display the kids loved. |
It was like going to a life-sized, stuffed animal zoo exhibit.
|Nothing says "Christmas" like coyotes in the American Southwest!|
We headed to L'Orangerie since Hannah and I both wanted to see Monet's Waterlilies. Thankfully, our museum pass got us into the building relatively quickly so we weren't standing in the cold too long. We wen tot eh bottom floor first and walked through the exhibits. One was of American art from the 1930s-1950s respectively. I enjoy impressionist painting so I really enjoyed the artwork. The kids enjoyed it too. The great thing about L'Orangerie is that it is small. We were only there an hour but we saw everything-briefly but we did see it. We enjoyed the Waterlilies as well. There are two rooms where you are nearly surrounded by four huge canvasses. The kids really responded to the paintings. They loved observing the brush strokes up close and seeing the individual colors and then stepping back to see them mix into the whole picture.
|American Gothic was on display for the first time outside the US.|
|One of the Waterlilies paintings.|
Our next stop was home. We had seen what we wanted in Paris. The kids had been great and patient. It was now time to go home, pack and prepare to head back to Munich. When we got back to the apartment, we pulled out the paper and colored pencils and using pictures on my phone, the kids made their own masterpieces. It was fun to see them work so hard to draw and color their own pictures.
I think they have developed an interest in art and it makes me happy!