By Lucy of Wardrobe
Before the weekend of my 8th birthday, my mom said, “For your birthday present I want to take you to Paris.” She wanted to take me to see the world famous art galleries. We left on my birthday. It took four and a half hours on the train.
When we arrived, we went to the Louvre where we met Auntie Sherene, my mom’s friend. We went to go and look at the paintings. I was fascinated with the paintings and the beautiful statues. So I think that I sketched a few paintings or so. I saw the Mona Lisa for the 2nd time! And Saint Anne (from Leaonardo da Vinci)!
After, we walked to this awesome restaurant, called Cafe Constant. We ate some good food and amazing dessert. Auntie Sherene treated us because it was my birthday. After we were finished, I wanted to get a souvenir for Susan, Peter, and Edmund so while we walked to the Eiffel Tower, I saw a souvenir shop and I bought a charm bracelet for Susan with the birthday money Grandma sent me. We walked to the Eiffel Tower and saw it lit up at night. It was so fascinating.
This is a picture of me and my Auntie Sherene, because the restaurant had really good food. So every body wanted to eat there and we had to wait for a long time to eat.
The next day we went to my favourite art gallery, Musée d’Orsay. It’ s my favourite art gallery because it has some of my favourite paintings from Renoir, Monet, and Degas. They are Impressionist painters. My favourite statue was the Little Ballerina by Degas.
In the Musée d’Orsay there was this beautiful giant clock. Did you know that the Musée d’Orsay used to be an old train station?
The Little Ballerina by Degas is my favourite. I think that I drew the statue three times. I stood there for a long time to draw it three times. But I think that my favourite painting of all time is the very special Mona Lisa from Leonardo da Vinci at the Louvre. I don’t know who my favourite painter or sculptor is, because I think that all of the artists are great.
When we went out of Musée d’Orsay, we saw a guy playing the piano. We sat on the steps and watched him for about ten minutes. Then, we took the train to this awesome book store called Shakespeare and Company. We went there to see if there was a book I could get for a souvenir for Peter, but they didn’t have the right book I wanted. So the people that worked in the store said there was probably another book that I would want at this other book store called WH Smith. So on our way to Musee l”orangerie the next day, we saw that WH Smith was open and we went in it, and guess what! I found a book for Peter! It was a Horrible Histories France book. He loves Horrible Histories!
The next day we went to Musee l’Orangerie. When we were at Musée l’Orangerie , we saw the most beautiful Water Lilies in the world by Monet. Monet is one of my favourite painters. I sketched one painting of Monet’s Water Lilies. There we saw this really pretty lady in a painting named Portrait de Madame Paul Guillaume by Marie Laurencin.
After that we went to the Catacombs of Paris, and it had about 6 million bones! When we got out of the Catacombs we went on the bus all the way to Musée Pompidou. It had modern art I don’t really like modern art. So I never drew any thing.
The next day we had to go home. We woke up to get ready to go back to Agde, but we had an hour to stay before we had to catch our train back to Agde. When Auntie Sherene left to go to another art museum mom said to me, ’’Let’s go to the gift shops.’’ We went out and bought a purple Eiffel Tower for Auntie Sherene and left it on the table in the apartment as a surprise with a little note to thank her for a great weekend. It was my best birthday and a great weekend!
A note from Gracia’s Mom: Gracia’s sketches will eventually be published in her blog Gracia Rose this summer.
Here’s a video of the piano man in front of the Musee d’Orsay.