Tuesday, May 23, 2017
On Thursday, May 25, I’ll be doing a program for The Clarkesville Garden Club about the gardens that I got to explore on my trip to France. The meeting is at the Clarkesville Library at 9:45. After that, if the weather is nice, we’re planning to go across the street the Mauldin House garden (where I work) so that people can ask me questions about the garden. The meetings are open to the public. Y’all are welcome to come!
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Walking through there was definitely a very interesting experience.
Dad's favorite part of today: Walking along the Seine River.
My favorite part of today: Walking along the Seine River.
Friday, March 31, 2017
After the Louvre we walked around the Jardin des Tuileries and enjoyed ice cream. For dinner we stopped at a really neat little restaurant and had an excellent dinner served in courses.
The whole day was wonderful, but for me the best part came at the end. We took another boat ride down the Seine, only this time at night. It was a whole different experience from doing it during the day. We saw the lights of Paris on the banks and then again reflected in the water. I particularly enjoyed going under the lit up bridges, but the best part was getting a close up view from the water of the radiantly glowing Eiffel Tower. "Wow. That's astounding," Dad said. I couldn't agree more.
Dad's favorite part of today: Seeing night come to the ciy.
Thursday, March 30, 2017
The Eiffel tower looks very delicate and dainty on postcards, but it is really quite a strong and massive structure. It holds several gift shops, restaurants and lots of visitors. However, the crowds were really not bad today. It seems we came just enough ahead of the main tourist season. Waiting in long lines hasn't really been a part of our trip.
We climbed 704 steps to get to the middle level. From the middle level riding an elevator is the only option, so we took that to the top and this was our view.
After admiring all of the different views from all of the different tower levels, we came back down and enjoyed a nice picnic in the park which surrounds the tower.
Then we took a walk through the Rue Cler, a traditional Paris market street. It felt like being in a painting. The beautiful street was lined with shops that specialized in things such as cheese, chocolate, clothes, fruit, meat and flowers. I visited the ice cream shop.
I was really torn as to whether or not it was worth taking time to visit the tomb of Napoleon l at the Army Museum. It turned out that I was really glad that we decided to go. I had no idea that the building that the late emperor's coffin is in was so extraordinary and elaborate. The place is much bigger and grander than my pictures show.
After that we went through the museum and saw many interesting things. To me the most interesting things were Napoleon's horse, which has been preserved by taxidermy, and the paintings of Napoleon, which were much larger than I had pictured. But of course, Dad's coronation was the crowning moment.
Dad's favorite part of today: Picnicking by the Eiffel Tower after just having climbed up and down it.
My favorite part of today: Enjoying coffee ice cream while strolling down the Rue Cler.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
As if seeing Monet's garden and exploring the beautiful town of Giverny wasn't enough, we had an excellent dinner after returning to Paris. We ate pizza in a cool little pizza place. We sat by a window with a view of the street, but if we looked the other way we could see the chef preparing our pizzas and baking them in the fiery brick oven. Best of all, there was a cat that lives in the restaurant. They offered to get it away from us, but we told them that we liked the cat.
My favorite part of today: Seeing the way that the garden's different color sections blended together.