Thursday, July 3, 2008

Two Days in One

Today we had a late start, taking time to clean up the flat in hopes that someone would come to investigate our non-working wireless connection. We visited a museum that kind of looks inside out. At PompidouAll the pipes and escalators are on the outside of the museum. Inside were one kid’s exhibit downstairs and a couple floors of modern art. We discovered that the kids are used to all of the interactive museums like OMSI and CM2. They got bored very quickly by looking with no touching. There was one exhibit called “The Winter Garden” where you could walk into this white cave-like structure with black lines painted all around. This was the favorite of both girls. The exhibit for kids was all about scale and perspective. You could play with toys that were digitally projected onto a screen to make different scenes. Then we had to break for a snack at the cafĂ© where prices were so high they didn’t even have them listed. Outside is supposed to be a great place for free live performances, but not much was going on except a gal playing the didgeridoo, she was quite good, I thought. Maybe more happens on the weekend and without the rain showers. After the girls trudged through the second floor of modern art we headed home for a nap in anticipation of visiting the Eiffel Tower.

This is really the only monument our girls have even heard of in Paris, so they were very anxious to go see it. We read somewhere that it was great to see at night, but what we didn’t know was that the whole escapade would take five hours. We’ll spare you the details, but it involved long lines, a chunk of cash and four elevators (round trip), 5 minutes of photos at the top at midnight, followed by closed metro lines and searching for a taxi, carrying Sydney up the six flights to our flat and going to bed 2am. After saying all that, the Eiffel tower was quite impressive along with the view from the top, and it was blue! In all the pictures I’ve seen of it at night, it looks very golden, so when did they change it to blue? Not sure, but I kind of like it.

Kid Quotes:
"Why are we having this for breakfast? ', says Sydney looking at her chicken dinner we were about to eat right after our long late nap.
"Everything that is big is …small. " Sydney from the top of the Eiffel Tower

"We walked all day and all night!" Kyla on our way home from the Eiffel Tower

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