Musée de la Armée

Another recommendation we got from Paul of WeGo Tours was the Army Museum. Postponing lunch, we went straight there from the Sainte-Chapelle. We focused on Napoleon’s tomb – an after-the-fact and substantial modification to King Louis XIV’s church. Then we took a look at stuff from the two World Wars, and took a quick look (we were getting hungry) at armor from way back. Very, very cool.

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The Louvre

They say that if you spent two minutes on each item in the Louvre, you’d be there for eight months. And then you’d have to find your way back out (not easy). We focused on Greek and Egyptian antiquities, and that took the better part of an afternoon. (Check out how natural Sweet Baby G looks with petite golden crown!) We learned a lot and got some exercise (stairs!) in the deal as well.

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WeGo Walking Tours of Paris

We’ve been really pleased with free walking tours in general, so we signed up for one with WeGo Tours. After grabbing some cappuccini and croissant, we hit the road. We saw so much of Paris, and our guide Paul was passionate and well informed. The focus was on the history of Paris, which was related to us as we weaved our way along the Seine and spied several landmarks: Notre Dame, Sainte-Chapelle, the Louvre and its surrounding gardens, Musée D’Orsay, the Place de la Concorde, the Musée de l’Armée, and the Eiffel Tower. If you’re ever in Paris, definitely check them out – it was a great morning!

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The d’Orsay Museum

This was high on Sweet Baby G’s list, and it didn’t disappoint. We saw gobs of impressionist paintings, as well as amazing sculptures (including one of the boy king with his Buttercup-like dog), and even some Art Nouveau woodwork that reminded us a LOT of the old house in St. Louis. To top it off, the building itself is just drop-dead gorgeous – tons of light and soaring open space.

To get a sense of just how pretty it is, watch how the people move through the space in the clip below!

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Palace at Versaille

If you get the chance, go check out the Palace at Versaille. Louis XIV (the “Sun King”) significantly upgraded his dad’s hunting lodge to create an enormous palace, pulling the political center of gravity away from Paris and under his watchful eye. The whole place is over the top, from the famous Hall of Mirrors, to small chairs built for pooches (all the rage with the ladies of the day), to the groundskeepers using a trimming guide to shape the topiary!

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When It’s Cold Out, Steam Them Buns!

Hahahaha… did you see what I did there?

We’ve been following Kara and Nate on YouTube. They’re a young US couple seeing the world via travel hacking. One of the things we like the most about them is that they LOVE TO EAT. A lot. Almost anything.

Watching them travel around the world has inspired us to try making non-Italian meals here on the farm. And one of the things we’ve really been hankering for ever since we saw one of their videos from Hong Kong is steamed pork buns.

Well, we finally got our hands on a bamboo steamer, and we put it to work! After some research and experimentation, we managed to pull off some really, really tasty steamed Chinese pork buns (baozi).

Sweet Baby G was in charge of the filling, and I was tasked with the dough. We used ground pork, wilted cabbage, green onions, soy sauce and sesame oil. The whole thing from start to finish (including making the dough from scratch) took about 3 hours (mostly waiting for the dough to rise). DELICIOUS!

If you want to try this yourself, we used this recipe for the filling (although we sautéed the filling before stuffing the buns), and this recipe for the dough. Give it a whirl!

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