Friday, February 7, 2014
The LEGO Movie
Emmett is doing his best to fit in to the world. He does what everyone else does and thinks life is great: he is part of a team. Then one day after work he sees a beautiful stranger, falls through a hole and wakes up with a big red thing called the Piece of Resistance stuck to his back. He finds out that he is the mythic (mini) figure who is prophesized to save the world from destruction. He is "the Special." But what is so special about him when even his own coworkers can't remember who he is?
I think the Lego Movie is good for adults and children. It's VERY funny. There's lots of good jokes that make you laugh out loud! When I saw it, I laughed so hard. The message of the movie is that you can be special in your own way. I want to see it again. And again. And again.
Check out the fun movie website with games and videos.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
This summer we went to visit the Chateau of Fontainebleau. It was beautiful and full of history, yet an encounter with some yellow jackets is most of what made this visit so memorable.
This is one of the oldest royal chateaux in France. It was lived in by rulers ranging from Francois the First in the 16th century to Napoleon III in the 19th century. This is where Napoleon I signed his abdication before leaving for exile on the island of Elba.
I was really excited for this part of the trip because I love the history of France. I love seeing the rooms all arranged and decorated with historically accurate detail - not to mention sometimes the actual belongings of these people I've read about.
The famous horseshoe staircase:
Inside, the chateau is divided into subject-specific mini-museums, like the Chinese Museum featuring the collection of Empress Eugenie (circa 1863). I wouldn't want to be in charge of the dusting here:
This room was set up to mimic war campaign life for Napoleon I. This is what his camp tent would look like:
This next room is devoted to Napoleon I's son, known from birth as the King of Rome, and later as the Duke of Reichstadt. When Napoleon abdicated, he had designated this boy as his successor, but this designation was rejected by the forces that had brought about Napoleon's abdication. So, technically the son can be referred to as Napoleon II because of the 1 week (when he was 3) before the new head of state of the French Empire was established. This is why years later Napoleon I's nephew became Napoleon III when he become the ruler of France in the mid 1850s.
This area was dedicated to Napoleon's son's babyhood. On the walls are paintings of him. Check out that baby bed: