Monday, January 25, 2010

A Visit To The Streets Of Montmartre & Napoleon's Tomb

Bonjour à tous! Sorry for the delayed posting. We were too busy trying to make up for the sick days and left no time or energy at the end of the day to post. I am so happy that George was allowed to join me in today's tour.
We're having breakfast at the Le Royal cafe, pictured above, which is just around the corner from our apartment on the Rue du Grenelle. In fact, we've had several breakfasts here on the mornings Papa didn't feel like cooking.
Here we are on the subway to Montmartre. We will spend the morning exploring the streets of Montmartre followed by an afternoon at the military museum at Invalides and end the day Napoleon's tomb. This will leave us a few blocks from our apartment.

Papa says he read somewhere that the metro art nouveaux structure of this subway entrance is 1 of the only 2 originals that still exists in the entire city of Paris. The strange thing was Daddy kept spotting other similar structures throughout the city and kept asking Papa to explain yet why there seems to be more than 2? Daddy and I became worried about Papa's source for history on Paris.
I know we are not going to climb those stairs.
George was nice enough to pose for this shot in my place in front of the funicular that takes you up to the Sacre Coeur Basilica.

Looking down from the funicular is pretty awesome.

The famous Sacre Coeur Basilica. George is speechless.

Wow, what a view of the city of Pear-wis

Papa, thank you for bringing me up here to see this.

I made Papa and Daddy watch this for 10 minutes with me. It was so fascinating watching the machine dig. I was a little sad they were digging up centuries old stones, but my parents think they will reused the stones which is why they are trying to be a little more careful not to crush them.
This is one of my parents favorite restaurants in the Montmare district. Aside from the wonderful menu, it has live music every night featuring Edith Piaf's classics including their personal favorite, Non je ne regrette rien

The restaurant has an excellent reputation and was even suggested to my parents by the Four Season's Concierge.
I saw apple juice in this truck and asked for some but the driver just laughed and said something to me in French. I took it as a "no".

As we strolled down this street, a delicious smell was coming from the little green store to my left.

I just had to take a look and see what that wonderful smell was all about.

It turned out to be yet another bakery with lots of fresh goodies.

Papa and I went inside to look. I immediately spotted what I wanted.
uh oh..whew, nevermind, false alarm. Daddy was worried by the look on my face that I was due for a diaper change.

It was a delicious cookie filled with a chocolate hazelnut spread calledNutella.

It was yummy!

These are some neat postcards Daddy purchased at a nearby souvenir shop that he promised to have framed for my bedroom as another memorabilia to my trip to the Montmartre.

We're back on the underground leaving Montmartre.

I am so ready for my afternoon nap.
Here we are at Napoleon's tomb. Papa's trying to get me to turn around and pose for Daddy but I'm too excited and want to hurry and get inside.
George had my back and stood in for me for Daddy.

wow, he was a very special soldier to the people of France.

From Napoleon's tomb we marched over to the military museum next door.
This was the only room I was impressed with...a room full of miniature toy soldiers.

My parents weren't that impressed with this museum because it was only filled with weaponry, some costumes and paintings. There was no English interpretation literature available to us that afternoon which made it difficult for us to follow the exhibits.
Papa said this man looks like me on the subway earlier today after we came down from Montmartre.
Well, that's it for today's events. Thank you for taking an interest in my adventure and for following me. jusqu'à demain soir bonne!!!


Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

What a day you had!

Let your Papa know he is absolutely correct about the metro entrances - sorta. The one you saw that was so beautiful was designed by the famous craftsman Hector Guimard. At one time, ALL the metro entrances looked like that. Now there are only two left. Though there are other examples of art nouveau 'rip off' designs throughout the city.

Did you climb ALLLL the steps to the Sacre Coeur by yourself? Frankly, it makes me huff and puff to do it!

I love MontmartRe, too! We have had several portraits done there by outside artists when we're there in the Spring. To be honest, they're not that good - but they're nice memories, and we keep them in a guest room.

Hey, mon petit Américain! Did you know your daddies can buy you Nutella at the grocer right here in America? It doesn't taste as good as it does on the streets of Paris - but it's still yummy!

You've done ANOTHER thing I've never done: seen Napoleon's tomb! It looks terrific!

Thanks for sharing your vacances fantastiques with us. It's such fun to see you enjoy Paris for the first time!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

geesh, I wrote a lot.



Lize said...

You seem to be having lots of fun! Did you have a lot of energy after that cookie? We like to listen to Edith too,but it must be more enjoyable when eating French food.

Good post Julio! Super cute!

Linda Q said...

My Little American, what a busy day you had. I am sure glad that you and Papa and whoever else are feeling well again. I hope you ate something yummy at that bakery for me!! And glad that George could go and see the sites with you all.
I am so enjoying your trip with you, fun for me. But now I must be a good little jeunne fille and get to bed earlier than usual. I have a doctors appt. I have to have some stitches out and also some precancer treated ( skin) and am hoping both don't hurt to bad.
You know, like when little you has to have a shot at the doctors, not fun,huh?!
So enjoy another day in the grand city of Paris!
Hugs to your Daddy and Papa!
Adieu mon petit Amie!

Mélanie said...

I guess all the world where in paris this week end !! I love the pictures of your son, he is so cute.
It seems you had a lot of fun

Janie's World said...

I love your perspective and George was so kind to step in for the pictures. I look forward to each post, I'm hooked!

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The stuffed monkey is so cute and the baby is adorable.

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It’s a beautiful city, I love the classic building architecture it looks timeless.

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This is just too cute. Your petite American is having such a wonderful time, as you are too. Enjoy! --Delores

prashant said...

Now there are only two left. Though there are other examples of art nouveau 'rip off' designs throughout the city.

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