Paris in November, and Escalade

Assorted pictures from November, including a trip to Paris

We collected some horse chestnuts, and made little animals by connecting them with toothpicksHalloween loot - a neighbor with kids had a mini Halloween party, which is starting to be a little popular here, and the kids came home with some candy

Kenny was gone for a week at a school camp - these are some pictures from when we picked him up. The camp was held at this somewhat dilapidated mansionWatching a performance

The kids made these masksKenny participated in the acting and pottery classes

Beautiful surroundings - this goes right down to the lakeAt a Halloween party held by my work colleague Aamer and his girlfriend

This snake costume has come in handy for years!Kenny's birthday party, at a laser tag place

We took a walk along the northern part of the Toblerone trail (with all the WWII anti-tank structures)Another visit to Chillon Castle - about a year after our first visit

The little beach just next to the castleWe spent 4 days in Paris, staying in a rented apartment. It was hundreds of years old (I think we were told it was from the 1600's, though they could be exaggerating), fairly comfortable, with really high ceilings

At the Louvre - it was interesting watching people copy the old masters

At the Mona Lisa. It looks like we're along there, but there were actually loads of people just around usThe Louvre had lots of cozy little nooks that you could relax in, and look out the window

Famous view of the gargoyles on Notre Dame. The pictures snapped here probably number in the millions

Looking down at the rest of the Notre DameWe found this playground, which is the exact same setup as the playground in Kenny's old school in Bellevue

At the Centre Des Monuments Nationaux, very close to our apartmentA pretty good falafel place we went to in the old Jewish quarter.

One thing that's good about these major tourist attractions is that there's always another tourist around to take your photo!A sunny day for the Eifel Tower

Peter, reluctantly reading a book from school in French. I should have taken a video the first time he read it because he had lots more enthusiasm

On our way to the Escalade festivities in the old town. The Escalade is a festival that commemorates a victory by Geneva against the Savoyards in 1604.At our go-to restaurant - Chez ma Cousine

Replicas of the ladders used to scale the wall

At the entryway to the Passage de MonetierFrom the cathedral towers

During the Escalade, you get to tour areas of the tower that aren't normally accessible. This is the bell control room

They had a little game area for kids, where they could win candy

Ice skating in Carouge. Both the ice skating rink and skate rental were free! Peter learned a lot.

A weekend walk around the lake

The Jet d'Eaux from Paquis