Monthly Archives: June 2013
“In Greek mythology, when Achilles was a baby, it was foretold that he would die young. To prevent his death, his mother Thetis took Achilles to the River Styx, which was supposed to offer powers of invulnerability, and dipped his body into the water. But as Thetis held Achilles by the heel, his heel was not washed over by the water of the magical river. Achilles grew up to be a man of war who survived many great battles. But one day, a poisonous arrow shot at him was lodged in his heel, killing him shortly after. Still, Achilles is remembered as one of the greatest fighters who ever lived.” The photo was taken at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (the museum is named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.) It was founded in 1852 and has a collection of over 4.5 million objects. Plus, it’s free! One of my best friends, Samuel, brought us there and we loved it. It is a beautiful museum.
The kids have their schoolwork, I work on the blog and Jesse figures out the logistics (check out one of his strategy maps made for Berlin so we could see as much as humanly possible in the time we had!)
As we started thinking about ending our trip and getting rid of the rental car, we had to let some things go. Below is a pile of things that were important throughout the trip, as well as a pair of shoes that Lennon blew out! That kid doesn’t stop moving!
One of my goals on this trip was to emphasize to the kids that you don’t need electronics and plastic toys to have fun. Like Spongebob said in ‘The Idiot Box’ episode… “When you use your imagination, you can do anything!” The rocks are a “family” they made from rocks we collected while in Nice. The hammocks were made from sarongs and scarves. They also made board games and used little rocks to move along. Good times!
We mainly drove a rental car through Europe. Emerson took over the navigator position after everyone came to the conclusion that I am severely directionally challenged! We did not have a GPS in the car so we had to figure out a place to print up mapquest directions, grab a map and hope for the best! We arrived safely to every place we wanted to go- I consider that a success!
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Coeur Basilica, is a Roman Catholic Church dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It combines Byzantine and Ancient Roman architecture and provides amazing views of Paris. We got some particularly good photos of the Eiffel Tower from there, stopped to watch a guy juggling fire torches and listened to a group of Jamaican Rasta guys singing. It was fun to see an extremely eclectic group of people all hanging out on the huge lawn and coexisting peacefully. 🙂 if you ever get the chance to visit there- hold on tight to any valuables! The pickpocketers are relentless!