We managed to go over the top with breakfast at a really beautiful place near the Louvre: breads and pastries, eggs (poached and scrambled) with fixings, yogurt with homemade mueslix, fresh squeezed orange juice, piping hot coffee, more pastries… AMAZING. The place is Claus – La Table du Petit-Déjeuner. Not inexpensive but a real treat!
Then Sweet Baby G and I went strolling to find ourselves in a fancy pants chocolate shop. They also had those pretty cookies… oh, I mean macarons. Gorgeous!
One of our favorite “traditions” on the farm is Happy Hour: heavy appetizers and refreshments in lieu of a big meal. We picked up some yummy cheese at a French coop, a baguette, some chips (you can take the boy out of America but…), and a bottle of wine. That, with a sliced up apple, made for a pretty nice happy hour. The only things missing were Luna, Gidget and Buttercup! Can’t wait to see them!
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.
This was a high recommendation of both of our tour guides (Versaille and WeGo Walking tour), and it did not disappoint. Snuggled next the Palace of Justice, this small chapel is loaded with amazing stained glass windows (almost floor to ceiling and wall to wall) as well as stunning floors with inlaid stone. Well worth your time!
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.
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!