09 April 2011

The Frolic at the Louvre

The word "frolic" carries with it connotations of fun and merriment, doesn't it?

Then I think I need to pick a different word.

Perhaps "fiasco" is more suitable?

You may ask, "Why in the heck did that woman take all those kids to the freakin' Louvre?" Right. A museum. Lots of priceless works of art... masterpieces, in fact. Are kids even interested in that biz? Ummm... not generally speaking.

Well, Big G really had a hankering for the Louvre. And given all his 'challenges' so far on the trip, I thought it would be nice to let his preferences dictate the course of action today... plus we have a local friend who knows the museum inside and out and how to hit up all the kid-critical/kid-interesting exhibits and artifacts. She can do from a 30-minute up to a 5-hour customized tour, depending on the interests of the particular group. And she is leaving town tomorrow... so today had to be the day.

Things seemed to be going in a good direction for a "frolic". Everyone slept through the night... from about 11 pm until about 8 am or later. Everyone ate breakfast and got dressed. And we left the house on time.

As we were walking to the Métro (subway), Big G mentions that his throat hurts. No time to run back to the house for throat lozenges... I indicate that this is a time one must "soldier on." He is not really one who "soldiers on". All seemed okay through the Métro ride and the walk to the musée. But this was the scene as we waited for our friends to find us...

And when they found us...

He really wanted to try to see some of the sights, so he got up and tried to "soldier on"...

Here we are, toting the stroller up hill and over dale...
lots of stairs in that place...
the cardio and strength workout for the day ;-)

But...

it was like a Zürich flashback...

This time, however, he did give about a 30-second warning and we were in front of a gifty kiosk, but the chick did not understand my inquiry about a plastic bag... she smiled and shook her head and pointed at the elevator. My French is not that bad... chick was not even trying to understand me. As we waited patiently for the elevator, he barfed on the floor in front of the chick's gift nook. He really did try to hold it in... he really did try to wait... poor kid.

The elevator arrived, and we stepped over the splattery puddles to go in search of a bathroom. We were successful in that mission. He got cleaned up. We returned to our group... still in front of the gift shop-wannabe. Dad was mopping up the mess with Kleenexes. Big G indicated that he was going to spew again... this time the chick nearly dove at us with a roll of plastic bags... nice, thick ones that would have really helped the situation in the first go-round. But better late than never, I always say :P She dropped her aloof, cranky-butt demeanor and became quite helpful. Yay! 

As this was now the scene, Daddy decided the out-of-doors might be best for the boys. 
A little fresh air for health (Big G) and attitude (Q-Man).
(note plastic bag now in possession)

Our amazing tour-guide friend took us on a whirlwind 30-minute tour, hitting primarily Greek Antiquities and Italian Renaissance...
Baby X with the Venus de Milo...

Baby X in the Mona Lisa Room...
it was mobbed and La Joconde is right behind 
Baby X's head
(she did push through the crowd up to the front and saw it closely).

We saw the guys through this window... 
that red jacket just to the left of center is Q-Man!
Daddy is the one sort of next to him with the black backpack.

And here is one of my very favorite things in the Louvre...
by Canova.

Baby X takes a moment to kick back.

Because we had a stroller, we got to ride up the ultracool pillar-elevator in the middle of the big glass pyramid. 

We found the rest of our family, our friends went home, I knelt down in someone's nasty gum which stuck to my jeans (I know the ice cube trick ;-) ) and Miss C tried to go for a swim in the water feature.

We made our way to the Métro, were accosted by fake deaf people soliciting distracted tourists for money (I know they were fake because I saw them talking amongst themselves when they didn't know anyone was looking), got on the homeward-bound train and collapsed in a heap...

Tired pups.

I'm thinking we'll lay low tomorrow :)

Are you a gotta-see-it-all kind of traveler? Or a chill-out-and-act-like-a-native kind? Or something in between?

25 comments:

  1. Oh man, poor kid Je suis desole. J'ai habite a La Belgique, J'adore La Paris. Bon Vaccance.

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  2. La vomite! Au Louvre. Priceless. Priceleux??

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  3. OMG Marjorie. How embarrassing. How difficult. I love shutupandrun's comment. Baby X is so pretty isn't she?

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  4. Looks exciting and exhausting.
    Your kids are beautiful.

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  5. ah non...pauvre petit garcon....
    that sucks...really.

    SUAR: Priceleux!!! ha ha!!
    Le Louvre...that brings back happy memmories for me...all of Paris does.
    lucky gal!

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  6. Wow...you are in Paris! So cool!
    Even more cool however is the pic of your son sitting there holding his tummy...it's not cool that he felt ill, it's cool that despite it all, you had the forethought to photograph the occasion for your blog! I do love you!...see, there I go blog whoring again!...but really can you blame me, you are fabulous! Totally thinking about your loving fans who would want to know these details!

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  7. Sandra, when I saw the title of your blog post today, I totally thought you were calling me out for using my kid's misfortune for my own bloggains... that is truly whorish... and I stand chagrinned... but I ain't deleting the post :P

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  8. Oh, wow! What a day. The Louvre is awesome and I am so sad Big G was the one who wanted to go & got sick! Did he get to see anything? Will y'all be able to go back?

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  9. Poor guy! :(
    I'm a sit by the pool with a cocktail type of traveler. I like to relax. No running around from sight to sight for me!

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  10. Oh geez. If it makes him feel any better, I got poisoning in Paris and my memories of the Louvre are similarly . .. "urpy". I'm definitely a "got to see it all" kind of travel, but I'm trying to get better at going with the flow!

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  11. The husband and I are very go with the flow types, but we still manage to see quite a bit! We've done Paris (where I lived for a time in college), Venice, Florence, and Rome this way. This summer we're taking our daughter (who will be 23 months at the time) through Geneva, Bordeaux, and then down to Rome. I can't wait to read the rest of your exploits...I'm not sure we thought about what we were getting ourselves into when we booked the trip!! Amusez-vous bien!!!

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  12. Ok this time I recognized them. I still don't know who Big G's buddy on the boat was...

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  13. I love the sculpture of Cupid and Psyche. There is another (I no longer remember the name of the sculptor) in the garden of a private villa in Salo, Italy, on Lake Garda. I have been slightly obsessed with the romantic image of that sculpture for almost 20 years. It just makes me sigh (le sigh?) every time I see it. And then my sigh makes my husband sigh. And roll his eyes.

    I'm sorry about the vomit. Mostly just sorry for your son, for feeling crappy on such a great adventure. Glad he's feeling better already.

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