Paris is a nice city to celebrate an anniversary in.

Dragging a high functioning autistic teenager who does. not. like. to. be. touched. by. ANYONE. including. his. mother through the Metro at rush hour is no fun for anyone, least of all him. He didn't melt down, but was not a happy camper.

Paris is not gimp friendly -- there are few if any lifts in the Metro, e.g.

Paris in the summer is MUGGY. And has mosquitos the size of hummingbirds. It is still, however, PARIS.

Going to the Eiffel Tower when you are exhausted is a bad idea because it means your fibro will flare up and make it hard to walk around the next day. Which means you need to get people to believe you, and not give in simply because they wheedled/nagged you enough.

I still love the Orsay more than the Louvre. I liked the Mona Lisa better than the first time I saw her, and the Venus de Milo seemed smaller than I remembered. And how did I miss the Code of Hammurabi and the winged bulls last time, not to mention the copper swords? Oh, right, I wasn't with kids who were interested in those things.

Going to art museums with your kids can be fun -- especially snarky seventeen-year-olds who do not believe in sacred cows. ("What a brat!" was his comment on Degas's "Ballet Dancer." "You can tell just by looking at her.")

The HFA kid seemed bored and fretful by most of the Louvre, and I despaired of the Orsay, which has no neat non-art objects in it. He seemed entranced by Impressionism, however, and was irritated a bit at being hurried along (we arrived late, and only had a little time, and I wanted to be sure they saw some of the most famous paintings.)

All of the kids are eager to see the Rijksmuseum when we get to Amsterdam. And the Van Gogh Museum. Clearly, I am doing something right here.

There are worse ways to celebrate Independence Day than visiting Omaha Beach. And having discussions with aforementioned seventeen year old about the nature of sacrifice and patriotism.

Viewing the Bayeux Tapestry, one is reminded once again how really literate "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" is.

DInner in Honfluer was me asking for the item on the menu identified as "a local specialty" without knowing what it was. Go me. Especially as it turned out to be a really lovely variant of cottage pie* with slices of marvelously spiced beef in a mashed potato crust.

Tonight is Bruges, with a sick eleven year old (hopefully it's just a migraine, and the vomiting is now over) and tomorrow evening, God willing, Amsterdam.

Tomorrow morning and early afternoon? Chocolate and beer.** And many pommes frites.***

Works for me.



* See, [livejournal.com profile] klwalton, I called it by its proper name.
**And laundry. But the less said about that, the better.
*** The Belgians make the best frites in all the world -- why do they not call them Belgian Fries?

From: [identity profile] klwalton.livejournal.com


*mwah!* Thank you :).

Also, I'm so glad that you're having a marvellous time, difficulties notwithstanding, because *Paris*!! I *love* Paris. And the Musée D'Orsay is my most favorite museum in the entire world. It also has the most wonderful restaurant.

From: [identity profile] phinnia.livejournal.com


Regarding the nomenclature of pies:
What do you call it if the meat mixture is half beef, half lamb? Because there's a local place that does that.

From: [identity profile] phinnia.livejournal.com


Happy anniversary!
I wonder what the draw is with impressionism?
I found out some random fact about echidnas the other day but now I can't recall wihat it was. *laugh*

From: [identity profile] cyan-blue.livejournal.com


Sounds like it's being a really cool trip!

Hope K feels better soon.

Congrats to D for not melting down in the metro, even when unhappy.

Going to art museums with your kids can be fun -- especially snarky seventeen-year-olds who do not believe in sacred cows. ("What a brat!" was his comment on Degas's "Ballet Dancer." "You can tell just by looking at her.")

Just looked her up on Google images... he's right, she does look bratty ;-)

All of the kids are eager to see the Rijksmuseum when we get to Amsterdam. And the Van Gogh Museum. Clearly, I am doing something right here.

Yay! Your kids are impressively culturally-inquisitive, and their commentary is frequently insightful and entertaining.

not to mention the copper swords

ooh, yeah, I can see D and K being totally into those...

BTW, their friends Taylor and Kyle stopped by a bit ago to see if they were in, and said to tell 'em "hi."

From: [identity profile] anaisdjuna.livejournal.com



Very interesting commentary esp. on the needs and habits of your HFA son.

Hope you enjoy everything over in A'dam. I lived there for 4 years back in the day. If you have any Dutch emergencies or anything have Brian call me. I speak the language and have contacts there and such. Though let it be said that Dutch people usually speak 3ish languages give or take two. The Ann Frank museum is quite something also.

From: [identity profile] sisterfish125.livejournal.com


I am so jealous.
One day, I shall go to France.
One day...

Thank you for sharing updates! When I finally start planning, can I pick your brain about the museums and stuff?

From: [identity profile] tenacious-snail.livejournal.com


thanks so much for your travelogue. I'd love to see you and the boys when you get back, I suspect having them tell me about their trip would be really really fun.

From: [identity profile] dawnd.livejournal.com


Yay. I'm glad you are mostly having a good time (exceptions for K's sickness and D's crowd issues). Hope doing laundry is suitably boring, and doesn't involve toilet bowl cleaner or anyone losing a backpack.

Re: Pommes frites--we American's never get stuff like that right. Remember, we have no sense of geography. Most of us probably think that Belgium is *in* France.

Keep your chin up--after all, you're "not dead yet!" ;^)

[ETA: I can has grammar and spelling, yes I can!]

From: [identity profile] si-anenome.livejournal.com


Swooooon! I can't wait to hear all about it.
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