Sketching Genevieve's portrait on Montmartre Hill

Trip Start Feb 28, 2010
Trip End Aug 28, 2010

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179 Rue Diderot, Vincennes, Paris

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Genevieve's entry
Today we went to an amazing place called Montmartre. It is on a hill so it has a spectacular
view of Paris. It is famous for its art. When we got into the main square we saw  the artists painting the most beautiful paintings. They were in a big circle surrounding us. Some artists were sketching with detail and design. Some were painting with bright colours like red, orange and yellow. Some  were sketching other people for money. When we got out of the square we were tired so we decided to go to the bar and have a delicious drink. Well just like usual, Felicity and I had lemonades and Dad had a beer. And strangely Mum had a beer as well. But the bad thing about Montmartre is all the cobblestones. Mum wheeled me on these very annoying, bumpy cobblestones. My descritption of this is that it is like a ginormous earthquake. We walked up to a white as snow church called Sacre Coeur. By it was a terrific view of Paris. It was getting quite late so we went to look for a nice restaurant for dinner. Before dinner I said I wanted to get my face sketched. So I did. Mum wheeled me to a person who Dad thought was a good artist. But he was still sketching someone else. A Chinese man came up and said to Mum that he would do it for free. But I think he got mixed up with 50 euros and free. So I sat on a chair. It was quite hard as it was made out of wood. But if you were sitting on this chair for 2 or 3 minutes it would be fine. BUT IF YOU WERE SITTING ON THIS CHAIR FOR HALF AN HOUR IT WOULD NOT BE FINE!!! (That's what I had to do). So I was sitting on this chair thinking "is my painting going to be good or am I wasting my time?" I couldn't actually see the painiting and I was curious what it was like. I kept asking Mum, "what is he doing now?" Finally he said "fini". I wanted to see this. I looked and jumped back. It was excellento! (that's Italian for excellent).  It looks just like me. Then we went into a restaurant and I had a huge steak and lots of chips. We said au revoir to Montmartre as it was getting dark.
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Sally Brasell on

Thanks Genevieve. An excellent description - and I can almost feel the hard chair!! Do we get to see a photo of the picture? We are all missing the photos, although it was great to skype with you all last night!!!

Rebs on

We have decided to take a fold up wheelchair with us on our next adventure - it seems to be the best way to get to the front of queues! Impressionnant!

Emma Faulconbridge on

Glad to hear you are still having a fabulous time Genevieve despite the accident! And awesome that you could use it to your advantage at the Eiffel Tower! =) The fireworks sounded amazing too! Bet the atmosphere was incredible. Keep up the fun and the wonderful descriptions in the blogs. Look forward to seeing some photos soon.
Lots of love, Emma xoxo

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