Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hurrying North to Idaho

After flying back from Europe, I quickly drove up to Idaho hoping to find cooler weather where the WINs are touring this summer. I found the WINs, but not the cooler weather...

Our first outing in New Meadows, ID, where I joined up with them, was a tour of the Evergreen Forests Saw Mill.

It was a very good tour, although hard to hear the guide with all the noise. (especially with ear plugs in our ears...)

The group in front of some of the finished product.

Afterwards, we went up the ski lift at Brundage Mountain.

From the top we had a great view of the Seven Devils. But I just couldn't see them...

They are out there somewhere!

The next day I went to Ponderosa State Park in McCall.

Hi guys!

The Lily Marsh. I'm having trouble remembering what everything is, since I'm almost a month behind, but hopefully will get more caught up soon!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Back to the USA!

After our wonderful trip to Copenhagen, the Norwegian Fjords, and Paris, it's time to go home. But one more picture from Paris -

And one more ice cream cone with a macaroon!

If you ever fly out of Paris, be sure to get to the airport about 4 hours in advance. This is the line after an hour or more of waiting...

But I got to fly across the ocean on an Airbus A380, the world's largest passenger airplane. It holds up to 853 people, but 525 in a normal 3-class configuration. It's double-deck the whole length of the airplane.

I flew back into Washington Dulles so I could spend a few days with my son and his family. My granddaughter liked my had and wanted to try it on.

For Father's Day, (gee, I'm far behind...) my daughter-in-law treated my son and I to a wine tasting festival.

My granddaughter is soooo cute, and just loves her grandma. Since I don't see her that often, I'm amazed by that!

After a few days, I flew back to Salt Lake City where I had left my rig, flying over the Rockies in Colorado on the way.

I have a lot of catching up to do, but I'll do it!

Friday, July 14, 2017

One More Paris Post

The day after our VERY busy day, we only went to 2 museums. Yay!!! Maybe I will survive this trip...

Our first stop was Musee d'Orsay. Set in an old railway station, it includes impressionist masterpieces of the period from 1848 to 1914.

The first floor has a lot of statues.

Including, believe it or not, another statue taking a selfie!!!

Upstairs are various rooms containing paintings of the period, including Monet -

and Van Gogh.

Here's a self portrait of Van Gogh.

After we left the museum, we walked over the bridge which used to be covered with locks that people put on it. Unfortunately, it made the bridge so heavy that most of the locks were removed. Only one section remains, but new locks are being added daily.

We ate lunch along the Seine, with some very friendly begging ducks.

Mom says "You better not be like that when you grow up!"

Ahhhh, how cute!

After lunch we went to the Musee National de l'Orangerie, which featured a huge mural by Monet and many other Impressionist works.

By then, it had been 2 hours since we had lunch, so the kids favorite ice cream place, Amorino, was next on the list. Ice cream with a macaroon on top.

There were many different boats anchored along the Seine. Many were strange houseboats. I wish I had gotten more pictures. Guess I'll have to go back...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Highlights of the Louvre

After all the things I wrote about in the last post, we still had some time to go to the Louvre!

It's a huge museum, but Corrie had downloaded a book that told us how to see the important stuff in the least amount of time.

Once again, the ceilings are beautiful.

Venus de Milo was one of the first highlights we saw.

Wow! More ceilings!

About this time, the battery on my camera died, so unfortunately, the rest of the pictures were taken with my cell phone.

The Wedding Feast at Cana, by Veronese, where Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into wine.

This is the largest painting in the museum, and it drew quite a crowd.

But nothing compared to one of the smallest -

The Mona Lisa!


And apparently, people took selfies in ancient times! Here's Mara taking a selfie of herself and Apollo, who is taking a selfie of himself!

Yet another beautiful ceiling.

Before we left, we got a view of the bottom part of the pyramid.

I'm exhausted!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Another Busy Day in Paris

Corrie kept us very busy while we were in Paris! On our 4th day there, we started out visiting Sainte Chappelle.

It's unbelievable to me that this was built in the 13th century!

Including all these stained glass windows.

On our way to our next museum, we went by Notre Dame Cathedral again, and the Seine River. We had purchased a "museum pass" so we could go to lots of museums without needing to feel like we had to stay long enough to get our money's worth.

We then went to the Cluny Medieval Art Museum, where we saw the headless statues, sculpted in the 1200s, of biblical kings of Judah. They once decorated the front of Notre Dame Cathedral.

In 1793, an angry mob decapitated the statues. The heads disappeared, but in 1977, some diggers accidentally unearthed the heads!

I also really liked the unicorn tapestries. I think Jonathan is a little tired...

We then did a Paris lunch of crepes along the Seine.

After lunch, we went to the Military Museum, where we saw lots of armor. The horses had armor -

And so did the kids, as Jonathan provides a sense of scale.

The Military Museum used to be a military hospital and a church.

And it's most famous because Napoleon is buried here.

The ceiling above Napoleon's grave.

We then went to the Rodin Museum, where we saw "The Thinker(s)."

And we're not done yet! Then we went to The Louvre, but that will have to wait for the next post.