This past summer my family and I traveled to Paris. We got to experience so many new things like the food, architecture, the museums, and of course the culture. We were there for one week and we certainly had no dull moments, especially since our parents decided that we would walk everywhere…

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One of the first things we did was visit the Louvre, one of the largest art museums in the world. The day we visited the museum it was insanely sunny and the area outside was nearly impossible to be in without being blinded by the light. Once we found the entrance with our eyes watering and stunned we couldn’t choose where to go first. The Louvre is so massive and there are so many pieces of art to see. New saw the Mona Lisa, which was surrounded by hundreds of people. The walls were always displaying some sort of art painting. The sculptures ware awesome, the detail is stunning for when they were made.

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All of the food in Paris was so unique, different, and authentic in my opinion. there are tons of nice restaurants, pub, and food stands to get a quick bite to eat or have a full nice meal. The photo above is when my dad and I were eating fondue at a very nice little restaurant that was hidden away. In the mornings we would go to the crepe restaurant and watch our tasty breakfast’s be made.

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We couldn’t have visited Paris if we didn’t see the Eiffel Tower! This huge tower is magnificent and truly an amazing piece of work. I didn’t really appreciate the amazing size of the beast and the beauty or Paris until I was at the top. From the top you could see practically all of the city and every little detail of how it’s facilitated. My eyes would get lost tracking the various streets projecting off of the Arch De Triumph

Paris Is by far one of my all time favorite places i’ve ever traveled to and I highly recommend going there once in your lifetime. The culture is amazingly rich and enjoyable to be around.

Chicken Coop

About a year ago my family decided that we were going to get chicks, raise them and harvest their eggs. Before we even got the chicks we had to prepare by making a suitable housing area and incubator for the chicks when they arrive. My dad and I started off by Making a small 4×3 incubator with heating lamp for the chicks to grow up in, but now we just use it for food storage. The incubator has two lids, one for viewing the chicks and one for accessing them. The overall process wasn’t too difficult because of the somewhat simple design and small size. In the end the incubator turned out great and has help up through the first part of El Nino and the past 12 months with no trouble, but most importantly it kept the chicks it ideal safe growing conditions. photo1 (9)

We knew that the chicks were going to grow up fast and need a much larger housing area. So before they were too big for their incubator my dad and I headed back out to that drawing board to come up with a new house for the chicks. We ended up spending about a week making a huge chicken coop that our chickens would love. We used a similar design as the incubator but we just increased the size and added new features. Those features include nests, a sleeping rod, and a door to the outside area. Speaking of the outside area, it was a 7×7 area with food and water containers, hay flooring, and a tree branch roost that the chickens could hang out on during the day. Soon enough the chicks turned into chickens and we moved them into the new house. They loved it from the minute they moved in and they have ever since.

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The best part of having chickens besides the cute chicks, are the amazing eggs. The eggs are way better than any store bought eggs because these chickens are free range! Sadly however the eggs don’t last forever and our chickens stopped laying a little while ago. I highly encourage you to get chickens at your house, they are such a great resource, pet, and experience!

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Farmers market

Yesterday my friend Owen and I decided to check out our local farmers market after school. Both of us hadn’t been in years and thought that the experience would be a nice refreshment to our lives. We were just planning on looking around at all of the different stands, but we brought money just in case something caught our eyes.

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The market its self takes up two block of state street with dozens of tents and stands that offer all or your basic fruits and vegetables as well as many unique items as well. While in the market, you don’t feel like your down town because the road is blocked off and there’s not noisy traffic. The chill music from the various people playing it on the sidewalk provides a relaxed and fun feeling that is very enjoyable to be around.

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Most stands are presented very nicely any creatively like the one above. It gives a spanish sort of look that makes the market feel authentic if you will. At this stand there were a few exotic fruits being sold like cherimoyas, passion fruit, etc. Since I love passion fruit and I get it on such rare occasion i decided to buy one pound of them. The seller was charging 8 dollars per pound however when he gave my my change the total was only 5 dollars which was an unexpected pleasure of the day.

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 Some of the more interesting things for sale at the farmers market are goods like pies, honeys, nuts, wheat grass, and even dairy products and oils. All of these different products really make me appreciate how they got here from these small “farms” and businesses. Things like cheese and milk that are sold are very unique products to be selling at a local market. The pie stand offered a variety of different types of pie flavors, sizes, and nutritional preferences. Owen bought a small cube or apple pie that he said was absolutely great tasting.

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overall the farmers market is a must do at least once. it will provide a amazing experience that you wont regret. Walking down the street full of food stands with a honey stick in your mouth with rad local music is certainly is a great thing to do to relax and burn some free time.