Amazing Kids! Magazine

Paris Adventure

By Grace Weppler, Contributing Writer

 

Last month, my grandfather came from the States to visit us in Germany.  He is quiet, has an adventurous spirit, and loves to travel.  Since he had never been to Paris, my family and I thought that our fall vacation should be in Paris. (In Germany, I get a two-week break from school.)  To me, Paris is simply overwhelming. It is a city with a lot of everything: pedestrians, historic sights, landmarks, cars, streets, chocolate shops, pastry shops, and street side cafes.   When you are in Paris, you walk to no end, but still there is so much more to explore.

What is the most visited place in Paris?  For us, it is Disneyland.  For adults, going to Disneyland is probably the last thing on mind while visiting Paris. However, if you are a kid, how can you resist Disneyland?

The second day was rainy, which is always a perfect day for a museum.  What other museum can be grander and more interesting than the Louvre?  Like my mom says, “There are museums and then there is the Louvre!” We entered the Louvre through the spectacular glass pyramid.

This was my second visit to the Louvre, but I never felt like I had enough time in the museum.  My favorite section in the Louvre is the ancient exhibits from Rome, Egypt, Greece, and the Middle East. One of the most amazing things I saw up close was a real mummy from the Ptolemaic Period (332-30 BC) lying on the table. It was a very small adult male about 1.66 meters tall and was so well preserved as if it had just been wrapped in linen, except that the linen looked old and dirty. Looking at a real mummy so close was not creepy or morbid, but awesome and sobering at the same time.

After walking past countless statues of every Greek (or Roman) gods and heroes, I have ever heard of, I came to rooms full of paintings.  The rooms themselves were exquisite with fancy woodwork and painted ceilings.  Eventually, I arrived at the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.  I could not possibly miss this famous painting because so many people crowded around it.  It was very hard to take pictures up close.

We spent the final two days just roaming in the streets of Paris, taking pictures, and dining at cafes.  As usual, we did not have enough time to explore everything. Next time I visit Paris, I would like to climb to the top of the Eifel Tower and visit Palace de Versailles.  Until then, Au Revoir, Paris!