Thursday, January 29, 2015

Walking-Talking Wikipedia Mom

Mom was extremely excited about going to France and she had spent lot of days finding information and must-sees. We prepared a long list before going, so that every day went according to schedule. A day at Disneyland. A day of bus-tour. A day at the Palace of Versailles. More and more.

The day we went to the museum we took a cab. Dad said ‘Louvre musee’ in 50 different ways ( Loove museum? Lure museum? Loovi museum???!! No?!)  till the driver got hold of the idea. He dropped us off right in front of it.

Inside, there were hundreds of paintings, even on the ceiling and many sculptures. We stared in awe and went in the direction of the most famous exhibit- the Mona Lisa.

The ‘Mona Lisa’ was tiny compared to other paintings but half of the tourists in the museum were pushing and fighting their way through to see it. Most of them ignored the others.

When we got outside, it was really cold and we thought about taking the bus tour.

We had to go on a BigBus so as we wondered where the bus station was, Ta-Da! A BigBus came and stopped in front of us. Mom practically ran towards it. So we had to run behind her as well.  That’s when we actually saw that the bus was waiting at a traffic signal. Oops.

It was a good thing we kept a separate day for the Palace of Versailles. According to our walking-talking Wikipedia a.k.a Mom, it was really big, which was an understatement. It was massive and full of elegance and splendor.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

'Atomics' by Rock Star Nara

Rock Star Nara returns! This time he’s not alone, but also with 4 of his trusty friends! Together they form the super cool, advanced band ‘Atomics’!

RockStar Nara is increasingly becoming popular at school, and now he is also famous for his band. He has plenty of fans swooning for him day and night!

For you fans out there, here’s your favorite band preparing for their next show.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Crêperies and Sausages

During our stay at Paris, we stayed at Novotel Tour Eiffel Hotel, which was less than a kilometer from the Eiffel tower. Every day started with a glimpse of Eiffel tower.

On our first day, when we were on our way to see the tower, and Mom was ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ at everything, Dad’s sensitive nose sniffed a dog. A hot dog, in fact.

The street food of Paris is great, and Dad got attracted to them like a fly to a light bulb.

We tried a crepe, which was nutella spread on a pancake, only that the pancake was pretty thin and on our choice, they would chop bananas or strawberries and keep them inside too. On our first try, we only bought one, so Dad and I got a molecule and Mom devoured the rest. No wonder experience is a difficult teacher.

When we went to the Louvre museum, it was drizzling and strong cold winds kept slapping us in the face. Dad and I ran for shelter while Mom stood there in the open and wrestled with our umbrella. I called ‘Mom! Stop trying to open it and run already!’ But Mom just stood there yelling our names and trying not to let it fly out of her hands.

In the end, as we dumped our broken umbrella inside the dustbin, we couldn’t help but stare at the dozens of other broken umbrellas inside. As we passed a couple wrestling an umbrella, I thought silently, You are the next victim.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Journal de Paris

Hello! Did you miss me? I went on a trip to …..(drum roll please)……Paris!

The three of us had been wanting to go there for a long time. Especially Mom. So this winter vacation, we stayed there for 9 fun days.

Let me just say that if my French pronunciation is rusty, it’s Mom’s fault. She said Les Invalides the way we say invalid with ‘s’ at the end and pronounces Les as ‘less’. She said a lot of words that way and got annoyed when I corrected her. 

I had bought a small French book with a lot of the basic words in it, so I practiced my Bonjour, Merci and s'il vous plait. Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to use them, but Dad did after learning from me.

The highlight of our trip was when we went to Disneyland on our last day. When we went on the Pirates of Caribbean ride, our boat went downhill fast and the camera flashed in front of us. We were right in the front seat with about 10 people behind us in the other seats. In the photo, Dad’s eyes were wide and his mouth was open and he looked terrified. I could not stop myself from laughing out loud, and could not prevent giggling when I thought of it framed on the wall as a family photo. Mom tried to not laugh too, unsuccessfully.

We reached home 6 AM today, and I was pretty much nodding off already. I usually don’t sleep at a stretch in airports or planes, I just sleep whenever I get the chance. Having a TV with some good movies in it pretty much kills my chance of sleeping on the plane.

My journey to Paris shall be discussed more in the other posts, because now I am sleepy.

Bonne année - Happy New Year!