Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Our Last Day...

Our last day of the trip, but no rest for the weary...

It was early, so I stayed in Jill's pocket as we set off...

Checking the map of the Metro, but I'm not sure where we are going.

I was first on the train and it was crowded!

Where are all these people going?

Could it be? Is it?

It is! It's the Palace of Versailles! Home of Kings!

This is King Louis, we met in his private apartments.

Here is his private desk made out of solid steel. No one could get into it but the King.

His Toillette!

Here is Marie- Antoinette's bed! Doesn't look very comfortable, especially since in those times, people could watch her sleep!

The beautiful Hall of Mirrors!

Spectacular! Tony would love one of these!

Back outside, it was pouring rain...

Sally helped me warm up.

This is called the Grand Trianon built by a King for his mistress! Oh La La!

It is built of Rose Marble and so beautiful!

But here's what I really wanted to see, the private retreat of Queen Marie-Antionette! She had her own estate within the Palace grounds where she could escape from the public and the Court.

Here is her little house, the Petit Trianon. She lived here without the King sometimes, surrounded by her close friends.

Her inner garden- it was back to Nature for the Queen!
She had lots of animals to play with, her own private natural pond, no formal gardens.

Sometimes she would eat out here with her friends...

My favorite part of the visit was sitting here at her pond listening to frogs and birds. I wonder what ever happened to her and her King? Did she live Happily Ever After? I hope so...

Well, back to reality, we are off to Las Vegas tomorrow by way of Trains, Planes, and Automobiles! The Girls promised to take me to Shiloh to meet everyone who followed my European Adventures! God Save the Queen, Viva La France, and Viva Las Vegas!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A Rainy Day

A rainy day in Paris, so "mis filles" decided to take me to the Museum.

We had to fight the crowds in the Metro, I led the way...

It's the Louvre, combien merveilleux!

The Louvre is HUGE!

These are the foundations of the original fortifications of Paris from the Middle Ages! I am standing in what would have been the actual moat! Tres Bien!

I really wanted to see this "Lisa" person everyone was talking about. I asked Mademoiselle "Venus de Milo" to point the way, "s'il vous plait". But, I'm not sure where she pointed, or if she even pointed at all...

Maybe "Winged Victory of Samothrace" could help."Parlez-vous Anglais?" For some reason, she did not answer me.

Da Vinci! I think I'm getting closer, here is "The Madonna of the Rocks"!

There she is, the "Mona Lisa". She is very tiny for such a famous lady. "Elle est très belle!"

It was tiring walking around the museum, so we stopped in a little french cafe. I people watched over my coffee. For some reason, whenever I am around, the girls get strange looks...

Le dessert du jour was a Chantilly sundae! "Il était délicieux!"

Again, the girls made us go underground...
These are ancient Gallo-Roman ruins underneath the square in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral. "Stupéfier!"

This was an ancient doorway! These were the foundations of the Parisii, the Celtic tribe who settled here over 2,000 years ago. The city was named after them!

Once we were back on the surface, we entered Notre Dame. Although I begged the girls to take photos of me inside, they refused because Mass was being celebrated. I had to spend the entire time in Jill's coat pocket. They even got to see the Rose Windows!

They knew I was angry, so they bought me this beautiful Parisian collar. Tonight we are off to Tony's Art Show and dinner in the Eiffel Tower! I will try to be on my best behavior so that the girls will take me out of their evening bags! Wish me luck!

Our Visit to Bridgitte Bardot's Animal Refuge!

This is just a preview of our day long visit to Bridgitte Bardot's Animal Foundation in the Normandy Countryside. We will be posting more photos when we get back home and will add it to the actual website. Traveler went along, we traveled two hours each way by bus...

Some of the horses eating lunch...

The foundation has over 80 horses, 250 dogs, 300 cats, and other animals- all rescues! It was amazing! These two guys were both in their 30's.

Sally found three orphaned baby goats.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

A Day Out in Paris!

Our first free day and we went out singing the song, "April in Paris".

I hitched a ride in Sally's backpack, then somebody warned us about Pickpockets! The girls assured me that I was safe...

But then, I got a glimpse of the day's activites and I wasn't so sure!

It was down to the Catacombs! Pourquoi?

The inscription on the door said it all, "You are now entering the "Realm of Death".

It was dark and scary...

There were bones everywhere. Sally let me ride on her shoulder so I could be closer to her...

Sally told me I was safe as I did not have any bones of my own...

Back outside, we went to the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Now this was more like it!

We had a group shot taken...

We really are a close family, my girls and I...

The tulips were blooming.

This is Pont Nuef, the oldest bridge in Paris. It was begun in 1578.

Here is the park at the very tip of the Ile De La Citie.

I stopped and listen to some music on the Pont St. Louis.

A magical and beautiful day! Viva la France!