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Lady with a Smile

by on July 16, 2012

From Renee:

Our day at Versailles turned into a day at the Louvre – thankfully Eric discovered that Versailles is closed on Mondays before we made the trek out there!

The day started rough… Anna got a bee sting while picking pretty flowers last night, and she was in pain all night and all day.  (She’s sleeping now… early to bed and good pain drugs).

So, how do you entertain 3 kids while touring one of the great art museums of the world?  Well, we thought the interactive guides (sponsored by Korean Air – thumbs DOWN from Alex, details below) would help.  Unfortunately they were so convoluted to use that we spent the first hour just trying to figure out where we were – and how to find ANY of the top 10 “must see” things.

We managed to drag the kids (actually pushing Ben in a wheelchair – which gets you straight to the front of the line at the Mona Lisa!!) to see 6 of the top 10 (sorry, no Vermeer on this trip).  We did have a lovely lunch on the terrace overlooking the glass pyramid – probably the highlight of the day.

Tomorrow we will try, try again to get to Versailles – and then we celebrate Anna’s birthday with dinner at the Eiffel Tower restaurant.  Should be a memorable way to turn 11 years old!

From Alex:

I thought that everything about the Louvre was horrible. We had a 30 min. line (that we went in 3 times) to enter the Louvre.  The “Audio Guide” was a Nintendo 3DS and was hard to use.  It took us an hour and a half just to figure out that we had to enter the numbers for each painting manually because it was 1:30 and we were still debating on how to use the audio guides!  I tried but could not run the battery out on the 3DS,.At the restaurant: I ordered Pasta with Parmesan and Chicken until I got it and figured out it had Spinach and Egg-Plant and lots of other yucky things. The METRO was crowded, we could not find the METRO stop in the shopping-mall until we went back and found it.

From David:

Although you can’t not go to the Louvre when you’re in Paris, all that really needs to be said about the place is this picture of the crowd at Mona Lisa



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  1. Lucy permalink

    I’ve been to the Louvre and I think the most disappointing this is that the Mona Lisa is so small that through the crowds you can barely see it. I like that you are the only ones taking a picture of the crowd and not the painting! Can’t wait to read about Anna’s birthday, take pictures!!

  2. John Beaver permalink

    Happy Birthday Anna !!!!!!!

    I was working in Paris (Different Trip Phil) and a couple of us went to the Lourve one day. We all walked around separately and we each took the exact same photo of the Mona Lisa. Fortunately for us there were only about 20 visitors at the time. Too bad it was so crowded for you.

    Alex… I hope you like Versailles better then the Lourve

  3. Aunt Ginny permalink

    Here’s to Anna turning “11” and celebrating at the Eiffel Tower. Please ask her to write a piece. Hope she’s feeling better now. Alex, I would be suffering through the food too! The Mona Lisa is not worth the visit. I remember saying “that’s it!”…it’s like a postage stamp in a big frame. Enjoy Versailles and more photos please!!!

  4. Uncle Phil permalink

    What a Birthday for Anna! Fireworks at the Eiffel Tower, crowds following her around at the Louvre, closing Versaille in her honor, getting moved to the front of the line for Mona Myrtle, a lovely lunch at the terrace, the flowers blooming, the bees buzzing, good drugs, and no Vermeer.
    Happy Birthday Anna!!

  5. ali fraser permalink

    Happy Birthday Anna! My Anna reminded me today was your birthday and was so in awe that you were celebrating at the Eiffel Tower! We are all enjoying your blog. Have a wonderful birthday in Paris. Fijne Verjaardag is what we’d say in Belgium when I lived there, however that’s not french, but dutch, but close enough for a birthday greeting.

  6. Candy Beaver permalink

    Anna, we hope you had the best birthday ever! Can’t wait to hear all about it.
    Candy, Lauren & Rachel

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