My Little Passport pen pals traveled to France. They started their tour at the Eiffel Tower, then the Palace of Versailles, and finally the Abbey of Le Mont-Saint-Michel which looks a lot like a castle that sits on its own island.
The Eiffel Tower was built for the 1889 World Fair. It was actually meant to be a temporary exhibit but Paris officials decided to keep to use it for communication. They thought it was perfect for receiving radio signals since it’s more than 1,000 feet tall.
There are many other famous landmarks in France like the Arc de Triomphe which was built to honor the French army. It took thirty years to complete! The Musee d’Orsay was a train station but is now a museum. Other landmarks are The Notre-Dame de Paris which is a cathedral and Louvre also known as one of the most visited art museums in the world.
One of the activities was to view two Impressionism paintings by French artist Claude Monet. Impressionism is a style of painting that focuses on nature and uses quick brush strokes and bright colors. The paintings shown in the activity book are the Impressions and Femme a I’ombrelle. The instructions is to critique the art by answering questions like: What are some things that stand out to you in the painting? How would you describe the colors? How would you describe the shapes? I really enjoyed this activity because I love art!
Last but not least, the recipe! Galette des Rois also known as King cake is a pastry layered with an almond filling which is traditionally baked twelve days after December 25th for the Epiphany holiday that is celebrated in France. Delicious!