Monday, 31 March 2014
Wednesday, 26 March 2014
|We visited the Menagerie du Jardin des Plantes aka the zoo. It exceeded my expectations greatly. I was expecting it to be a small zoo since it was in a garden with a few number of animals. It was quite the opposite. For a garden zoo it was quite large (bigger than the Central Park Zoo). There was quite the variety of animals there too. There was a monkey house, a big cat house, a snake/amphibian house, and a reptile house plus all sorts of out door exhibits. I was impressed.|
|Cosette here with a GIANT mountain goat. I was surprised at how large this thing was. The picture does not do it justice. I promise it was large in stature.|
|Bonjour from this guy. he walked right up to us and starred at us while we were looking at this exhibit. I guess if someone was starring at me I would do the same. On a side note, it's antlers are huge!|
|The next best thing to seeing birds in the zoo is chasing after pigeons.|
|What would a zoo be with out animal sculptures? We found a few to play on while there.|
|The tradition continues!|
Glad we could visit the menagerie. The Jarding des Plantes has a lot more interesting things there. We will have to go back and explore some more before we leave.
Monday, 24 March 2014
She likes to tell knock knock jokes. She does not quite get them. She stops at "Orange who?" and starts laughing hysterically.
Whenever she has a cup, she puts it up her face and talks in to it saying "Luke, I am your father". That one is all husband's doing.
She is currently obsessed with Winnie the Pooh and will come up to us and say "Hello Rabbit!". We respond by saying "Hello Pooh. How about lunch and help yourself". She then replies "thank you Rabbit". It's a lot of fun.
As you can see in the photo she has a "carrot" nose we made out of play-doh. She was pretending to be Olaf from Frozen. I helped her put it on and we laughed cause she thought it was funny.
I am really liking this age. She does have her moments but they are pretty fleeting. Two has been a terrific age!
Here is little video I captured of her one night singing a new song she learned at story time. Her little personality is shining in full force in this one.
Sunday, 23 March 2014
We ended our Andorra trip with a stop off in Toulouse and spent a few hours wondering around the city. It was kind of a must because when are we ever going to road trip through France again (hopefully it is in our future).
So Toulouse, the fourth largest city in France and the most important in the southwest. It was nice to see another French city other than Paris. We got a feel of what France is "really like". It was so laid back and quite compared to busy city life (and Paris is quieter than New York). It was very relaxing to walk the comparatively empty streets and be one of a few people out in some areas we ventured down.
We first visited St. Etienne Cathedral. This cathedral was one of the more beautiful cathedrals we have visited. Different parts of the cathedral were completed at different times.
Toulouse is another Roman settlement and thus is a center of Romanesque art. One reason is that it is on the route to Santiago de Compostela (a route that many Christians in the middle ages took through France to get to Santiago de Compostela in Spain to visit the shrine of St. James). We visited the Musee des Augustins which because it was the first Sunday of the month was free (all museums in France are free on the first Sunday of the month). It has a 14th century cloisters which we enjoyed running around in. There was a flowering tree that was blooming. It made us all so happy to see the signs of spring. We are so sick of winter.
|Spring is here in France! Hanging out in the cloisters at the Musee des Augustins.|
|This museum has it all: paintsings, sculptures, cloisters. We got to see some French, Italian, and Flemish paintings that date back to the the 16th century. The museum is known for having paintings by Ingres, Delacrouix, Constant, and Laurents. There was a little coloring table set up for children. While Cosette was occupied coloring we were able to spent some extra time looking at the paintings in that room. Oh, it was a luxury to have a few extra minutes. Thank you Musee des Augustins!|
|These gargoyles normally are located horizontally close to the tops of cathedrals. These particular ones were drains. The water would flow out of their mouths. It is cool to see them up close.|
|Plac du Capitole and Hotel de Ville. One of the grandest palaces left over from the Renaissance period. There is a large plaza in front with a lot of cafes and shops. It was a good place to take a break.|
|Lyndon wanted to stop off at Les Jacobins. It is a church that was built in the 1200s in the Gothic style. It has a palm vault ceiling and instead of having a nave with two side aisles it has two main aisles with no nave. It is also built out of brick instead of stone which makes it a very non traditional cathedral. Lyndon loves seeing different types of cathedrals. The photo above to the right you is Lyndon standing in front of Les Jacobins. There was construction being done on the facade so we could not get the best picture. Those building have to be kept up.|
|The Garonne river.|
|Family photo in Toulouse. As you can see Cosette is eating a delicious pastry because we found a delicious boulangerie patisserie. Oh man, it was delicious! Best pan au chocolat ever! The food just enhances the experience. |
We were happy we stopped in Toulouse. Our time here is a once in a life time opportunity and we do not want to miss out on anything. I think we are doing a pretty good job . xoxo
Tuesday, 18 March 2014
|Our Madrid adventure continues! We spent some time in the Puerta del Sol which is location of one of the original gates surrounding the city in the 1500s. Lyndon and Cosette are standing in front of the famous bear and madrone tree statue. It is the symbol that is on Madrid's coat of arms.|
|We spent a good chunk of the day at Parque del Buen Retiro. It is a huge park like Central Park which is probably why I liked it so much. I miss NYC a lot. It is so nice to have these similar places in other countries to remind me of what I have to look forward to back at home. And like Central Park you will find Madrilenos hanging out here and relaxing. It is the perfect place to do so.|
|We rented a row boat and took the the lake. It reminds me so much of Central Park and the Bethesda Fountain area which made me love it even more.|
|Happiest baby ever! He is always smiling.|
|Husband in his element. He has big dreams and one of them is to sail around the world. I have not agreed to it yet, but rowing around the lake was pretty fun.|
|Me and my babies. Cosette loved being on the boat. Henry is always happy especially when Cosette is around. He adores his big sister.|
|I took a turn trying to row the boat. I got the hang of it eventually.|
|In another part of the park.|
|I was ready for this shot. Not! Love this Italian style garden.|
|Puerto de Alacala is a stunning arch way right by Parque del Buen Retiro. It is pretty stunning and hard not to pass up taking a picture with it.|
|Ingelsia de San Jeronimo de Real. It is the church that was favored by the Spanish royals. Some were even crowned here.|
We spent a little bit of time at the Museo del Prado. It is the best art museum in Madrid. A lot of Valezquez is housed there which we made a be line for once inside. We saw a lot of his work but seeing the Las Meninas was the highlight of the Prado. It was beautiful. Cosette kept talking about all the "princesses" in the painting. We all enjoyed it.
Cosette really liked Daddy's sunglasses so much that she wore them more than he did.
|Templo de Debod is an Egyptian temple that was sent block by block to Spain as a thank you gift from Egypt for helping to save other Egyptian monuments in a flood.|
Oh the architecture! This city is so beautiful!
|Had to end with this picture. Husband is a beast! He was tired of bumping the stroller down the stairs and walking like this was an easier option. He is the best!|
So long Madrid. We will be seeing you again.