Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Multicolored

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Multicolored bottles pose at an art fair in La Jolla, California.  Visit Ailsa’s Where’s My Backpack blog to see more multicolored responses to this week’s travel theme.  Read on to see more of Kongo’s multicolored images. Continue reading “Ailsa’s Travel Theme: Multicolored”

Musée de l’Armée

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Last month while walking about Paris Kongo paid a brief visit to the Musée de l’Armée (Army Museum).  In modern French history—everything since the Revolution—starts and stops with Napoleon Bonaparte.  In the photograph above the emperor warrior towers above the entry courtyard in his iconic “hands inside his blouse” pose.  Kongo is a big fan of Napoleon and has studied most of his battles.  The Musée is an imposing place and one that pays fitting tribute to the history of this nation. Continue reading “Musée de l’Armée”

Sacré-Cœur

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On a rainy Paris day last month Kongo visited the Sacré-Cœur (sacred heart) Basilica high atop Montmartre, the highest point in Paris.  The building of this beautiful church, which can be seen from almost any point in the city, was inspired by the defeat of France in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.  Church leaders contributed the loss to a century of moral decline after the French Revolution.  Construction began in 1875 and was completed in 1914, just in time for another war with Germany which the French won this time (thanks to a little help from friends across the Atlantic) so evidently the morality of France was properly restored.  Continue reading to learn more about this beautiful church. Continue reading “Sacré-Cœur”