We spent the morning in the Musée d'Orsay. We mostly saw Monet, Seurat, and Van Gogh (with a bunch of others thrown in, but they were less memorable.) It was lots of fun watching Miss M and Miss E enjoy themselves. Apparently, Miss E likes Monet and Seurat's styles. She would find a painting she liked, and, sure enough, it would be either Monet or Seurat. Miss M would have loved to spend forever looking and experiencing. The children each chose a postcard, and we left to find lunch.
We bought sandwiches and fruit at a small (I mean tiny) store near the museum. (Six kids dithering over lunch blocking the aisles is a recipe for one flustered mom.) Then we went down to the quay to eat. We walked along the river to the army museum. I took Miss E, Miss S, and Young T to the nearby tiny playground to play in the sandbox. The others went through the museum quickly.
From their reports, they saw lots of cannons, lots of armor, an Enigma machine, and Napoleon's tomb.
The Professor then hurried off to meet his mathematician friend while we went home to rest our feet. Dinner was leftovers. And then we all went to the Eiffel Tower to ride up the elevators.
The line wasn't too long for an evening, but we still had fifteen or twenty minutes to pass. To keep the children from getting restless, we quizzed them. "Which children's ages add up to Mom's age? What about Dad? Which numbers can you get by adding together children's ages? How many numbers between 1 and 47 can be made by adding some of your ages?" One man later asked as the line snaked near him again, "Did they get it right?"
And then it was our turn. We didn't go all the way to the top. With a few of our group averse to some heights, that would not have been smart. But we thoroughly enjoyed the view from the second floor, the glass bottom floor, and the ambiance. I think Miss M would have giddily stayed there all night, if allowed. But it was time to say goodbye and head home.