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Still Running Amok in Paris

 

Mom and dad charged out of the hotel and headed for the buses.  They only had two hours to get to the luncheon cruise on the Seine.                                                           They grabbed a Hop On/Off bus and enjoyed some more of the view.

The bus came to the entrance way into The Louvre, and the square where Marie Antoinette and Louis IV lost their heads to the guillotine.  Would this be a cleaner way to wipe out the mouses and bugs?   No, I think I’d have nightmares about headless mouses.  Makes me shiver….ugh.                                                                              Wonder why the entrance is so tall and yet narrow?

All vehicles had to squeeze through the gate. Perhaps there was  an extra inch or two on either side of the bus.  Mom said it was an odd feeling to be squished to fit.  I don’t think they actually squished her though….yuck….a revolting thought.

They arrived on the other side and ta da….there was The Louvre.

Sorry bout this picture my friends….dad seemed to get the wrong angle..  You get the idea though.                                                                                    This is Place de la Concorde.  Mom says it’s huge and has quite the history.  Wikipedia supplied the facts we needed to inform you.

The place was designed by Ange-Jacques Gabriel in 1755 as a moat-skirted octagon between the Champs-Elysées to the west and the Tuileries Garden to the east. Decorated with statues and fountains, the area was named Place Louis XV to honor the king at that time. The square showcased an equestrian statue of the king, which had been commissioned in 1748 by the city of Paris, sculpted mostly by Edmé Bouchardon, and completed by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle after the death of Bouchardon.

At the north end, two magnificent identical stone buildings were constructed. Separated by the rue Royale, these structures remain among the best examples of Louis Quinze style architecture. Initially, the eastern building served as the French Naval Ministry. Shortly after its construction, the western building became the opulent home of the Duc d’Aumont. It was later purchased by the Comte de Crillon, whose family resided there until 1907. The famous luxury Hôtel de Crillon, which currently occupies the building, took its name from its previous owners.

French Revolution

During the French Revolution in 1789 the statue of Louis XV of France was torn down and the area renamed Place de la Révolution. The new revolutionary government erected the guillotine in the square, and it was here that King Louis XVI was executed on 21 January 1793.

Other important figures guillotined on the site, often in front of cheering crowds, were Queen Marie Antoinette, Princess Élisabeth of France, Charlotte Corday, Madame du Barry, Georges Danton, Camille Desmoulins, Antoine Lavoisier, Maximilien Robespierre, Louis de Saint-Just and Olympe de Gouges.

 

Execution of Louis XVI in the then Place de la Révolution. The empty pedestal in front of him had supported a statue of his grandfather, Louis XV, torn down during one of the many revolutionary riots.

In 1795, under the Directory, the square was renamed Place de la Concorde as a gesture of reconciliation after the turmoil of the French Revolution. After the Bourbon Restoration of 1814, the name was changed back to Place Louis XV, and in 1826 the square was renamed Place Louis XVI. After the July Revolution of 1830 the name was returned to Place de la Concorde and has remained that way since.

Time had gotten away from these two again.  They were not sure  where the cruise was so…… it was taxi time again.                                                                          Mom and dad arrived with little time to spare.  They were shown to their tables right away and mom plopped down and started to take her coat off.  One must remember these tables are small and very close together….mom forgot and stretched away like she was at home.  She spilled the wine on the table behind her.   There were gasps but when mom turned around to say she was sorry, the waiter had already moved them to another table.  This is how to keep peeps away from you in the future. MOL                                                                        This was the appetizer.  Five different selections to start the meal.  The main course offered five small selections as did the desserts.  A most tantalizing meal.                                                                        A replica of the Statue of Liberty with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

The studio apartments that look quaint and artsy are all over Paris, not in a certain area….everywhere.  Seemed to take away their charm to mom.  These apartments are very expensive.                                                                  After the yummy food and a rest mom was set to go again.  They headed back toward the Mercure Montmartre hotel….on the Metro this time.  They actually went right to the correct exit and headed to the Moulin Rouge.                                                                      Feeling confident in their ability to get about in a strange city, they decided to catch a wee train up to Sacre Coeur.                                                                  Mom loved this train….look at those cobblestones too.  The ride was a tad bumpy. MOL  Get that luncheon jumping around in her tummy.                                                               Wow…this church is a real beauty even by Parisians standards.

Wikipedia gives us some additional info on Sacre Coeur,

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacré-Cœur Basilica and often simply Sacré-Cœur (French: Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, pronounced [sakʁe kœʁ]), is a Roman Catholic church and minor basilica, dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Paris, France. A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Sacré-Cœur is a double monument, political and cultural, both a national penance for the defeat of France in the 1870 Franco-Prussian War and the socialist Paris Commune of 1871[1] crowning its most rebellious neighborhood, and an embodiment of conservative moral order, publicly dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was an increasingly popular vision of a loving and sympathetic Christ.[2]

The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. Construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. It was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919.

For more info go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacr%C3%A9-C%C5%93ur,_Paris.

This little area is also an artist’s haven.  Many paintings and designed items could be found while pounding the cobblestones.  Mom found a few items to warm our hearts and set our paws to clapping for more.                                                               Mom and dad dragged themselves back to the hotel for a rest before they met up with Phenny, Katty and Mark from Easy’s Blog tomorrow.

To read about our meeting and first day together just click on Easy’s Blog                                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Cats Unite, Black Is Beautiful!

                                                                      aakstalkfHave you heard about this book on black cats Kali?  It’s edited by Layla Morgan Wilde of Cat Wisdom 101 The title of the book is Black Cats: True Tales by 22 Amazing Cats.  Layla  has 30 days to raise $15,000.  The campaign ends on July 14th. So there are just a few days left to achieve their goal.  If, you can help the cause please donate.  If you can’t afford to help, then pop over to Cat Wisdom 101 and offer Layla your support by leaving her a comment.  What a good-hearted gal she is.black cats

Have you known any black cats, Kali.  I mean like good friends with a black cat.  I sure have Shoks.  In the old house just after I moved in with mom and dad I wandered across our street and met our neighbour.  His name was Gauge and he was as black as your face Shoko.  We struck up a friendship and I would lie with him under the apple tree on his front lawn.  One day as we were playing around, I laid on my tummy.  I had a fair bit of kitten flab left on my bod and was what one may call, “Chunky.”  I would be horrified if one called me *chunky* to my face.  Anyway as I lay on the lawn Gauge danced around me and rolled me across the lawn.  There was a slight incline on the lawn and pointed in the right direction, I would roll down.  Each day was good for a roll from Gauge till we both grew up and I was a little heavy for him to roll.  Still we would sit on my front porch or under his apple tree.                                                  akitkalHe sounds like a cool dude, Kali.  Is he still living there?   Mom and dad went to visit Gauge’s dad in the hospital a few weeks ago.   Gauge’s dad was losing his battle with cancer.  Gauge’s dad passed two weeks ago.  Mom and dad were upset and wondered what would happen with Gauge.  It turned out that Gauge was provided for in his dad’s will.  Gauge and his dad’s best friend had a special relationship and Gauge has gone to live with him on a farm just outside Prince George.  *sniff*, *sniff*, *wipes a tear from her eye*.  Geez Kali, that is so sad.  Part of it is sad but can you imagine the love that Gauge’s dad had for Gauge, to actually have a legal will drawn up to include Gauge!

Now, that’s true love, Kali.   If everyone could see black cats in the same light as we do, there would be no problem.  Layla’s book on black cats will certainly help their plight.                                                                                  Kali and Shoks

Flingin’ Fliday Finally Finished

Finally its Friday.  This means mom won’t be running out everyday to get stuff.  Today she had to get her eyebrows and mouse-stash waxed.  She looks normal again…female even.

Kali has had a rough time cause she has been very sick to her stomach.  She had to go to the vets this week and she was not happy about it.  Unfortunately her food allergy is back.

 

Let me out of here!  It stinks!

Let me out of here! It stinks!

Kali says the only saving grace of the whole visit was the lovin’ her favourite receptionist Joan laid on her.                                                                        When Kali got home she was feeling down.  This new development meant no more Siamese dry cat food and the Fancy Feast wet will be reduced.  Instead we will get more of the Hypoallergenic Soy HP dry.  The HP is OK but by no means is it tasty.  Our goal is to keep food on Kali’s tummy and slow down her bowels.  So I’m willing to do my part for the ole girl.

Kali headed outside to sit under her swinging bench.  Unfortunately the cow-kitten decided to visit Kali right then.  He scared Kali and she took off after the cow-kitten just a hissin’ and spitin’ her head off.  The cow-kitten got very scared and ran like mad through the hole in the fence.

A little while later the cow-kitten was back and following me around.  Kali had headed inside for a well deserved nap as she was up a lot during the night as mom was too.

 A little while later the cow-kitten was back and following me around.

It is also the Artsy Caturday Blog Hop tomorrow at Athena and Marie’s Blog.  Simply click on the name of the blog hop and view the other anipals with their pictures.

Kali 3 july 02 Kali in July of 2002.  We had her for all of 2 months.

Athena Caturday Art Blog                                                

 

 

Something New To Eat…I don’t Know About This!

 

 

 

Wednesday Purrs

Today I’m going to talk about a recent switch mom has made to our wet cat food.  We are or were getting Fancy Feast Beef  wet cat food at our meal once a day.  A friend of ours pointed out that Fancy Feast beef is only flavoured with beef and also has some chicken in it.  We should try Performatrim.  Mom was very unsure because Kali didn’t have stomach aches or diarrhea anymore when she had this Fancy Feast.  It had taken years of us eating Hypoallergenic Soy HP before Kali could take wet food at all and that wet food was Fancy Feast.  Mom didn’t care for the idea of ” beef flavoured” and thought that the actual meat would be better.  She thought this new food may be shredded and hard for Kali to eat but it was like a pate…excellent going so far. Mom added the gravy maker stuff(water) and put it down for us. I’m usually unsure of anything new and suspect folk of trying to do me in…..a tad suspicious, not of mom but other folk.  The smell…Mmmm..so I tasted it. Dude, it was scrumptious! Meanwhile Kali never looked up once from her dish. Kali finished first and I swear I heard her burp as she left. I’m a slow eater and enjoy my food in smaller bites. I was finished mine and still wanted more so I checked out Kali’s bowl.  She had left a wee bit at the bottom which I gobbled up with gusto.  Now, mom got a small bag of dry food made by the same peeps free so she gave Kali and I some for a mid day snack.  We both attacked this kibble like they were treats.  Mom was beside herself with happiness.  We even liked the second half of the tin.  If, we don’t care for it much, we eat the first half of the tin and the next day, stick our noses up, shake our front paws and walk away.

The only question now was, will it give Kali stomach aches and loose bowel movements.  Today Kali went to the Kit Lit and did her thing.  Woohoo success!  Everything was as it should be and Kali stretched out baring her tummy after using the Litter…she hides her tummy when it is hurting her.  Mom has to get more now cause that’s what we want…no more of this Beef flavoured stuff for us.