Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Paris in July - in Brussels!

Paris in July, hosted by Tamara at Thyme for Tea, has started. My first "French" activity was done yesterday by visiting a travelling French exhibition "Histoire en Brique" in Waterloo. It shows iconic symbols of French cultural heritage.

Show cased are some famous French buildings like Arc de Triomphe, Malmaison and Dome des Invalides, as well as furniture and paintings. Included was also Napoleon's last HQ at Waterloo, parts of the battlefield and the Butte du Lion. And... it is all built up with Lego parts! Around 1 million lego parts in 48 different colours were used. Quite amazing and what a fantastic craftsmanship!





Dome des Invalides, Malmaison
and Arc de Triomphe
Empress Josephine's harp
built with lego bricks
Lego portraits of Napoleon, Duke of Wellington
and General Blücher

A desk built with lego bricks.
Maybe something for a handy person?

Battle of Waterloo and
the Butte du Lion

The Wellington Museum in Waterloo
On Saturday we have invited friends for a French dinner. Now I just have to find a menu.  Coq au vine was suggested by my husband, and I really like that. But...it will be around 37C on Saturday, so it might not be that suitable to serve. Maybe fish? I am not that fond of Bouillabaisse, but maybe something else with fish or sea food? Any suggestions?

I will also start one of my books, The Age of Desire by Jennie Fields. A historical fiction about Edith Wharton's time in Paris.

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  1. Who knew you could do so many things with Lego's? I'll have to show my son, and my class when they arrive next autumn. Lego bricks are so wonderful, they've come such a long way since I was a child and you could only get red, white, blue and yellow rectangles. ;)

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    1. That's true! I loved Lego when I was a kid, but considering what you can do with it today, they have come a long way.

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  2. I wish I were more creative with Legos - although they do offer a Parisian cafe set here in the States that I have had my eye on for quite some time.

    I am anxious to read your review of The Age of Desire.

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    1. Parisian café set sounds nice and inspiring! I have just started "The Age of Desire" and so far so good. Normally, when I read a historical fiction about a real person, I want to read a biography as well. So, I guess this is where I will head next, plus of course, read more of Edith Wharton.

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  3. That looks fabulous, I'm always amazed at what clever people can do with Lego. I'm very excited for Paris in July too.

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    1. It was amazing, and even if they show some pictures on how they do it, I don't think we can imagine the huge work it is. They use computerised models where they fill in the legos, at least when it comes to the pictures.
      This is only my second 'Paris in July' and I have eagerly awaited this year for some time. It is great.

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    2. It was amazing, and even if they show some pictures on how they do it, I don't think we can imagine the huge work it is. They use computerised models where they fill in the legos, at least when it comes to the pictures.
      This is only my second 'Paris in July' and I have eagerly awaited this year for some time. It is great.

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  4. I love Lego exhibitions but a Parisian cafe set sounds magnifique !!

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  5. Oh my gosh! Legos. And they make French things! Crazy. I love it.

    Here's my Paris in July post.

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  6. Great isn't it! Amazing what you can do with Lego. Maybe it is not only for kids after all?

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  7. Oh Lego! My man is driven by lego. Loves it. So easy to please with some Lego. Its Tour de France time, and in our hemisphere, that means watching it all night. He's got Lego all over the place while he's ceating so masterpiece and watching the race at the same time. This is an amzing exhibition - thanks for sharing.

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    1. Now we see, Lego is not only for kids" Maybe more appreciated by adults. What a good idea to combine watching Tour de France and building Lego. Personally, I have never understood the charm in watching biking, but it seems like a good thing to mix it with doing something else. On the other hand, some people might say that watching a ball go back and forth over a net is a waste of time! I must admit I do multitasking when watching tennis. Today Wimbledon final and we are hoping for a win for Roger Federer! And for my son who also plays a tennis final today! Please let me know what your husband built of Lego, being inspired by Tour de France.

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    2. Now we see, Lego is not only for kids" Maybe more appreciated by adults. What a good idea to combine watching Tour de France and building Lego. Personally, I have never understood the charm in watching biking, but it seems like a good thing to mix it with doing something else. On the other hand, some people might say that watching a ball go back and forth over a net is a waste of time! I must admit I do multitasking when watching tennis. Today Wimbledon final and we are hoping for a win for Roger Federer! And for my son who also plays a tennis final today! Please let me know what your husband built of Lego, being inspired by Tour de France.

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