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13 June, 2011

Back from Paris...or...My Grandson's Favorites!

vue du pont Bonjour mes amis! We just flew in from Paris…my ten-year-old grandson and I…and I wanted to give you a quick peek! There will be more details once I have recovered from jet lag! This is the trip we have planned for five years…since he first became a big fan of Monet thanks to a wonderful art teacher. We spent one week seeing everything there is to see in Paris and I am exhausted! lol  But, when I asked him what he liked best, here’s his list of favorites…

gargouille …the gargoyles at Notre Dame Cathedral, who have the best view, I might add…

army museum …the Musée de l’Armée at Les Invalides along with Napoleon's tomb, where we spent five hours photographing every suit of armor, sword and crossbow in the place!…

cat mummy ..the Louvre Museum…not for its Mona Lisa or Venus de Milo, but for its really cool collection of animal mummies in the Egyptian wing…(Please don’t tell the staff about this and give them delusions of grandeur!)…

photographing waterlilies …and finally, the water lilies in Monet’s garden at Giverny, both in person…

Monet up close …and on canvas at l’Orangerie!  What fun! And my favorite part? Getting to wake up and spend all day, every day for a week with my favorite little guy introducing him to my favorite place in all the world! Sigh!
Stay tuned for more about our trip once this poor old Granny has recovered from trying to keep pace with a ten-year-old for a week! 

Missed any Paris posts?
Back from Paris…or My Grandson’s Favorites!  Listing the must-see spots for a ten year old boy!
My Favorite Street in Paris…Rue Cler   Great little street to use as your headquarters 
In case you want to follow along, here is my plan for visiting Paris in seven days! I am linking each of the seven days as I complete the posts.
Day One…All about Eiffel! Eiffel Tower/ Champ de Mars park and play area
Day TwoSightseeing by Subway! Arc de Triomphe/ Montmarte/ Sacré-Coeur
Day ThreeMonsieur Monet, I Presume (and a lot of Louis)! Giverny/ Versailles minibus tour
Day FourThe Cradle of Paris! La Sainte Chapelle/ la Conciergerie/ Notre Dame/ Latin Quarter/ the book stalls/ ice cream on Ile St. Louis/ the bâteau mouche on the Seine
Day FiveArt Museum Madness…Plus Play in the Park! Louvre/ Tuileries Garden/ l’Orangerie/ Musée d’Orsay
Day SixA Phantom, a Fountain and Some History! Opéra Garnier/ Pompidou Center/ Carnavalet Museum
Day Seven…A Tomb, a Tank and a Tower! Napoleon’s Tomb and the Musée de l’Armée at les Invalides/ Eiffel Tower at night

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at Paris!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Susan at A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday
Jill at French Cupboard for Voilà! French Inspiration on Thursdays
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Fridays
See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. Welcome back. Prelude is compelling. Eager to read and view your photos.

  2. Debbie! I'm so glad you had a wonderful time. The picture of him staring out over the water - priceless! He will never, ever forget this. What a wonderful experience for both of you. Can't wait to hear more! Hugs, Kat

  3. Love cool your Grandson loves favorite too! Hope you found some color plates to bring back!

  4. That's so great Debbie, what a special trip:@)

  5. What a trip of a lifetime! One he will never forget thanks to his wonderful Grandma!
    Welcome back home Deb!

  6. I spent 8 days by myself in Paris last year. Even though I am a world traveler and love traveling with my husband, being there solo made it one of my best trips ever. I'm going back, solo, this September after my husband and I ride our bicycles from Normandy to the Med together.

  7. Welcome back, Debbie...can't wait to see pictures of your trip.

  8. What a fantastic time for the two of you! I love his list, looking forward to hearing more about your adventures.

  9. Deb I have tears in my eyes just seeing your Grand son looking at masterpieces and enjoying every minute with his Grammy!! What a trip of a lifetime. I am so happy for you that you had this time with him.Such wonderful, wonderful memories!! xo Kathysue

  10. Welcome home! Oh, what a dream come true for that handsome little guy. He will forever cherish the memories you two made together this past week. I know it was fabulous and am eager to see more photos and hear the details. Priceless shot of your little man looking at the water lilies. L'Orangerie is top of my list as it's been closed for all these years.
    Rest up, my friend, and bask in the joy of this adventure while you hold those other two and tell them of the adventure that awaits them. ;-)
    Hugs ~ Sarah

  11. Glad you are back safely, too. I got back late Sat. night, and the group of youth that I was with exhausted me, also. Wonderful experiences, however. Anxious to see your pictures. BTW, I missed you at the Eiffel Tower - I was there on Thursday!! Sally

  12. Hi Debbie, I am back as well! All that planning and finally, the long awaited trip to France with your grandson. I'm sure the staff is happy to have you back.Look forrward to more pictures!

    xoxo, Bonnie

    PS - thanks so much for your thoughts.

  13. What amazing memories...for both of you!

  14. I am so glad you had a wonderful trip!
    I don't think my 10 yr old gdau has a clue about France, but sports she knows all about!

  15. What a wonder time, your grandson will never forget that trip! Thank you for showing us some beautiful photos, Mary :O)

  16. What a wonderful trip! Glad you are home! hugs, Linda

  17. ça c'est formidable! Les photos sont super, et il me semble que "petit-fils" a bien aimé sa visite à Paris! Linda

  18. Oh I love all of your pictures and your are so smart, I see you have the button up. Yea!!!! That took me forever. I can't wait to see and hear more. I know you two had a ball. Hugs, Marty

  19. Oh Wow you have been to PARIS. How wonderful.I am sure you had the time of your life and how lovely you could go with your grandson. I have been to Paris many years ago and oh I would love to go there again. I am coming back for more photo's of course

  20. I love the picture of him taking a picture of the water lilies. What a treat for you both. Looking forward to seeing your pictures--and to seeing what you brought home as souvenirs!

  21. Bonjour Debbie! Welcome home!
    I can certainly see why those were your grandsons favorites *winks* What a wonderful adventure to share with him! One he'll never forget. Vanna

  22. What a wonderful trip for you and your grandson. It's been far too long since I've been to Paris but it's still my favorite city second only to my love of Chicago. Thanks for sharing. Peggy

  23. How wonderful this trip must have been. You and you little grandson has such special time together. This is just the trip my husband and I want to do with our three year old grandson when he is about this age. You went to all the places would choose. We made photographs of our trips there so we'll share these with him until we can take him. A wonderful post and the photos were so sweet.

    The French Hutch

  24. What a wonderful trip the two of you had. Of course, I knew it would be. I'm sure you both have fantastic memories.

  25. Love water lilies, I bet you had a great time.

  26. Can't wait to learn more about your trip. From the sounds of it, you left no sight unseen!

  27. Debbie, Welcome back and I can't wait to see and hear more about your trip of a lifetime. Andrew is so handsome and so lucky to have a cool grandmother like you,

  28. What a special "Granny" you are. Can't wait to see more pictures.

  29. Welcome back... Waiting to see more pictures of your visit... !! Glad to hear that you had a wonderful time together !!

  30. Wow! What an awesome adventure for the two of you!! Can't wait to see more pictures.

    I'm starting a linky party on Mondays or just the beginning of the week. It's "Make a List Mondays". Would love it if you would join! :)


  31. Debbie,
    Something tells me there will be many MORE trips to Paris for your grandson in the future. That first photo of him (even though it is from his back) shows a deep desire to return. What a wonderful grandmother/teacher you are to share the love of Paris and all it's art and culture with your grandson. I, too, love Paris in the Springtime!!!

  32. Debbie this trip had to be absolutely wonderful, for you and your grandson. I am looking forward to hearing more!

  33. The weather looked amazing!

  34. Ahhh looks like you had a wonderful time ~~~aahhhh Monet's garden! That makes my heart skip and beat:))

    Kay Ellen

  35. What a wonderful gift from grandmother to grandson... something to treasure for a lifetime... so glad you're back. Can hardly wait to see more photos!

    the gargoyles at Notre Dame are my favorite too!

    blessings. Dixie

  36. Welcome back Debbie! The pictures are all "drool-worthy". And you are right, those gargoyles have the best view!

  37. Debbie, I bet your grandson had such a wonderful time and I know this is a trip he will remember always. What a fabulous place to spend time together. I liked the mummified animals in the Egyption gallery too!


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