More and more ridiculous AMAZINGNESS!!!

Trip Start Mar 24, 2012
Trip End May 25, 2012

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Tuesday, March 27, 2012

There is no photo that can really show the enormity and Grandeur of anything in Paris. It has been way beyond my expectations. Photo's of a building show the whole building but you would need to take 1000 photo's of every square metre to show all the detail. Every grand picture on the ceiling has equally grand framing of gold cherubs or angels. I have cried a couple of times just completely overwhelmed by how beautiful it all is. I also expected to just be amazed by the obvious, like the Eiffel tower but it is every single step of every street. 
I didn't even think Amazingness was a word but it slipped out of my mouth as we walked out of one Castle area onto Invalides Ave. I said to Aaron," It's just ridiculousness amount of amazingness everywhere". But hey, I've just looked it up and it is!

Day 1-The first day we went to Place des Vosges, a big square with fountains surrounded by an ex-royal palace. We also went to Sacre Coeur a beautiful church located at one of the highest points of the city.
Day 2-The next day we went underground to the Paris Catacombes. It was actually a disused Quarry, then in later years an old cemetary was closed down due to health risks. The Governor ordered the bones to be dumped in the ancient tunnels of the quarry. A few years later over 150 cemeteries were closed down in the city and the remains were sent to the old quarry with a proper memorial built. There are over 60 000 peoples remains. I expected to see a large room of Bones but it was tunnels and tunnels over Kilometres of neatly stacked bones. We then went to Luxembourg Gardens. An enormous park of statues, fountains and a playground.
Late afternoon we went to the Eiffel Tower. And had the perfect spot to sit and admire it from the park. We went to go up it but the line was at least 2.5- 3hours long. Decided it just wasn't worth it.
Day 3-Notre Dame Cathedral. Again photo's can't do justice. A stained glass window just looks like a lovely colourful window when in actual fact it has over a hundred different pictures within the window.
We went to the Louvre and saw the Mona Lisa, very special ( tick it off the list) My favourite thing was The Winged Victory of Samothrace. I cried, amazing, so perfect and the statue stood at the top of a stairwell with a beautiful natural light above. The Louvre did a magnificent job with the location (pictures below). Another awesome exhibit was the Egyptian Mummy, pictures here too. The care taken to wrap the body is astounding.  We also saw Napoleons apartment, he sure lived the life! The area around the pyramid of the Louvre is stunning, such beautiful buildings. We then strolled through the jardin Tulleries, more beautiful parkland, gardens, sculptures and went to the Museum de L'Orangerie which has the famous Waterlillies paintings by Monet. WOW. The painting covers two whole circular rooms. No photo's alllowed but couldn't resist a sneaky one.
In front of this Museum is Place d'la Concorde Fountain and then the view up Champs Elysse to Arc de Triomphe. Saw the Grand Palace and Petit Palace then stopped for dinner along Champs Elysse and ordered snails, of course the kids loved it! We then climbed the Arc de Triomphe and watched the Eiffel tower light up at night. It actually twinkles for 3 mins on the hour as well. Was just the perfect evening and a very long day

Day 4
Started our day at Musee Rodin. His statues were so wonderful in the garden but I'm sorry to say I also discovered he was a real pervert in his drawings, goodness!!!!! Learnt a new word too (Pudendra, hmmm, lots of those in his works in very strange positions) Had to rush Brad and Kosha through those exhibits. Brad thought it was hilarious, of course.
Next we went to Napoleons tomb, wow, a whole cathedral dedicated to his tomb
We looked through the Army museum, the boys loved this, and there was an Australian soldiers uniform in the display.
We went to Museum D'orsay more famous works of art, even a sculpture of Kosha and Charlie-d (check out the photo, so alike)
We sat in a beautiful Park for a rest in the late afternoon and Aaron suprised me with a ring, very sweet perfect moment.
We then went to Centre George's Pompidou (Like GOMA, more modern art gallery). It has the escalators on the outside of the building for a fantastic view

Day 5
Did a sewers tour in the morning. Don't know what I was thinking, what a waste of precious time in Paris, boring and watching some sh*t float past down a canal. Thought it may be something unique you can't do anywhere else, but very boring and smelly. Yes Charlie said "it smells like that OOOieee place"
We jumped on a train out of Paris to Provins for the day, an old medieval town. They had a great Birds of Prey show which even included Vulchers. We got quite lost once we got off the train and I've promised myself now to always go in the opposite direction to what Aaron thinks. He is shocking with direction and even when we asked someone for help who replied in French, Aaron swore he said left and up the hill. I'm like- "Aaron, you can't even understand French" but he was adamant so up the hill we went to have a great view of where we needed to go- the other side of town.
Wonderful medieval town with the fort walls still surronding it.

Day 6
Our last day we went to Versailles Chateau. Hard to believe people ever really lived like this, so Grand. Fountains in every direction and gardens beyond enormous. Marie Antoinettes residences are within the grounds too. On the weekends the Fountains are turned on and set to Orchestra Music for an hour

We did have our first family Griswold moment, I'm sure you're all looking forward to hear. So I never thought I would need to read instructions on how to use a public toilet. The cubicle was on the main road of Paris, a single toilet by itself so you're standing on the street waiting for your turn.(not waiting inside a toilet block) 
Even though there was a sign outside we just waited for the person before us to finish, then when she opened the door and left we walked into the cubicle. I did see something about a self cleaning toilet so I just assumed some antiseptic came out from under the lid. Anyway Charlie, Kosha and I go in and Charlie takes her pants down and has them round her ankles and as she's about to sit down the toilet backflips into the wall. She gets a fright but I grab her and just explain its getting cleaned, how cool, I was fascinated. Just as we're talking about it, a gush of water ankle deep comes across the whole floor and we all screamed.It was so fast and high so suddenly.It comes out from the side of the wall across the floor and Charlie goes running out onto the street screaming, bare bum and all.
Many French come over to help us and although can't speak our language are pointing at the sign. You must let the door close behind the last person for the cubicle to self clean then a light comes on for you to enter

My summary of Paris was more AMAZINGNESS than amazing, truely every corner, everywhere stunning, seems so unreal that people live within this grandness everyday and probably don't even notice the AMAZINGNESS anymore.
And, YES, now I'm going to say AMAZINGNESS all the time (even if it is wrong)

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traveldreams on

I'm so excited by your blogs and feel like we're there with you. Jo your descriptions convey the fantastic and amazing journey you're all having so much so that I can smell and taste your environment. Just wish we WERE there. Can't wait for the next installment. The Heaths XXXXX

Vok on

I feel the same! It's like you're walking in my footsteps from 10 years prior! TRY actually go up eiffel tower if there's any time in your back to back schedule!!! Loving every installment, the pics and wish I was there! You guys look like full-blown travellers! TOTALLY AGREE WITH THE AMAZINGNESS-JUST WAIT TIL YOU GET TO MY FAVE PLACE - ROME!

Cheryl on

I'm so glad you're all having such an incredible time over there. Everything just sounds so magical and amazing, but I have to say that toilet story is the funniest thing i have ever heard HAHAHA! Keep enjoying it all guys, we miss you

hilda on

I too, loved the toilet story. the 'sewer' tour--OMG they'll sell anything these days!

H on

LMAO those toilets will get you every time :)

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