Sunday, December 6, 2009

Ellery's Madeline Tour of Paris

When Ellery was 4 years old we embarked on a tour of Paris, following in the footsteps (mostly) of one of her favorite literary characters:  Madeline.  While these aren't all the places we visited, each of them is featured in one of the Madeline books.  And all of the photos that Ellery isn't in are ones she took herself!

Our first day in Paris started with the most important visit of all, to the Eiffel Tower.

After viewing the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower, we took a sunset trip on the Bateaux Parisiens to look for the bridge from which Madeline fell.  Pretty sure she had spotted it, Ellery snapped a picture.

The next day we were off to the Hotel National des Invalides, looking for wounded soldiers.  Fortunately, everyone there seemed healthy.

That afternoon, we were off to the Cimetiere du Pere-Lachaise, seeking the final resting places of the rich and famous.

On day three, we started at the Tuileries, looking for that view of the Louvre that Madeline had.  It was a bit chillier than we had anticipated.

After lunch at the tres chic Angelina cafe, we went walking.  First, it was the Place Vendome.  We didn't find any thieves, but we did find the police, just like Madeline! And then we continued on until we found the Opera Garnier.

The next day found us on the bridge to the Institut de France, where Ellery carried Madeline just as Ms. Clavell had done.  Then it was on to the Ile de la Cite, where, like Madeline, we visited Notre Dame.

 Then it was lunch at the fashionable Deux Magots Cafe on the Left Bank and on to the Jardin du Luxembourg.

And finally, on our last day, we visited Montmartre and Sacre Couer.

Another Map

Here's the map of our trip to central america this summer:

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A Winter Scene

February, 2005 -- The Gates are unfurled in New York's Central Park.