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Belgium

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We spent a night in Luxembourg and it was a bit cold. But we walked around the centre and had McDonalds for dinner!

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Then we went to Belgium. First we went to a World War 1 and World War 2 museum in Mons. We saw lots of interesting things from the wars.  We saw lots of uniforms and there were some trench boots. We also saw a victoria cross, which is the highest military award for bravery. Daddy liked the jeep!

After that we went to Waterloo. This was a battle fought between the English and the French. The English were led by Duke of Wellington, and wore red. The French were led by Napoleon, and wore blue.  The museum was really good. There was a 4D movie where we were part of the battle. The ground shook when the horses were running towards us! It was a bit scary. Then we climbed up a hill that had a statue of a lion at the top. We could see where the whole battle was.  There was even a skeleton that was found on the battlefield and you could see the bullet that shot him!

After that we went to Jim’s house. We had fun playing with his boys, and I read them stories. Mummy, Daddy and Jim went to the Stella brewery. Mummy said it was amazing!! Then we drove back to the Eurotunnel and England.

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Musee D’Orsay

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Today I went to the Musee D’Orsay. This is a big art gallery in Paris – but not as big as the Louvre. I liked the statues outside with ladies from different continents: Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, South America and Oceania. There was also an elephant, a rhino and a horse – but they were all in traps.

First we went to the cafe and I had a pineapple juice.  We sat behind a big clock and watched as the hands moved.

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Then we went around the galleries.  There were so many paintings. I had two favoutires. One was a lady pouring water from a jug, with a black background. My other was a picture of some ballerinas wearing blue tutus.  Daddy liked the polar bear statue. Genevieve liked the circus painting made of lots of dots.  Mummy liked the Van Gogh paintings.  There were also some water lily paintings by Monet, similar to what my class made in year 1.  There was even a water lily painting where the painting was on broken plates. There was also a big room with lights that looked like flowers, and big chandeliers, the walls had gold and mirrors.  What are your favourites??

Tomorrow we are going to Luxembourg!

Versailles

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Today we went to Versailles. I had a delicious pain au chocolate for breakfast.

At Versailles, we looked around the palace and then went to the gardens.  In the palace we saw a movie about how it has changed over time. We saw the state apartments and lots and lots of pictures and statues.  There was a hall of mirrors, with lots of chandeliers. Daddy liked the gallery of battles with pictures of all the battles that France has won. I learnt about King Louis XIV, who was called the sun king.  He moved his whole court to the palace. so there were 10,000 people there. I even saw his bedroom. Then there was a revolution and a lot of people had their heads chopped off.  Then there was an emperor called Napoleon, and his wife Josephine.

We had lunch in the gardens and chased all the crows. There were lots of fountains but they weren’t working because it was winter. I liked the topiary trees that were shaped like snowmen!

We saw the Trianon Palace, which was their summer house. There was a Grand Trianon and a Petite Trianon.  Every room was a different colour. I liked the library best.

We really liked walking round the Queen’s hamlet which had farm buildings.

At the end we visited the coach gallery and saw coaches and pretend horses that were used in processions and funerals. There were TV screens that let you look inside the carriage.  My favourite was the gold one with grey horses. It was used by Napoleon.  Even the children had coaches pulled by goats or sheep. There were also sleds that they used in winter.

We walked 27,000 steps today, so now I am tired.

Paris

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Yesterday we went to Paris. To get there, we went on a bus, and then the Metro. First we walked to the Notre Dame Cathedral. It has three rose windows, that are huge. They are stained glass windows and very pretty. There was a tower that we didn’t go up, because we wanted lunch.

For lunch I had chicken nuggets and chips and salad.  Daddy had mussels, and Mummy had an omlette. For pudding I had hot chocolate cake with cold custard.

After lunch we went to a medieval museum that has the Cluny Tapestries. There were six tapestries of a lady with a unicorn and a lion. Five of the tapestries showed the five senses. For example, in the touch one, the lady was holding the unicorn’s horn.  That was Vivi’s favourite. In the taste one the lady was feeding a parrot. In the smell one the lady was making a flower garland. In the sound one the lady was playing an organ. In the sight one the lady was holding a mirror up to the unicorn. That was my favourite. In the last tapestry the lady was holding a necklace. There was also a narwhale horn in the museum. It was really long and twisted.

Then we walked past the Louvre. This is a famous museum with lots of paintings. It is really really big.

We bought some macaroons! I chose a raspberry one, but there were lots of different colours and flavours.

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Then we walked to the Eiffel Tower. It is very impressive. We can see it from the campsite at night.  It is all lit up, with a search light at the top. We did a lot of walking. 26,000 steps!!