Little Turtle can’t help admiring the decoration in the Winter Riding Hall at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Construction was completed in 1735.



And just like that, Little Turtle is in Vienna! The Girl couldn’t visit Austria and skip the Spanish Riding School, so her mother got tickets. The Spanish Riding School is the oldest continuing equitation and classical dressage institution in the world — a 450 year history! (The Girl is apparently very snobby about dressage, and deeply disapproves of rollkur and similar methods to create a “pretty-looking” horse that looks flashy but actually lacks soundness and isn’t capable of proper collection and carriage, but Little Turtle is taking the laptop away now.)


Have you ever had a dinner so delicious and filling you couldn’t possibly eat another bite, and then the waiter brings around the dessert menu? That happened to The Girl at La Chaumiere en l’Ile in Paris. This rich chocolate lava cake would have been too much if not for the delicious passion fruit and raspberry sauce lightening things up! Little Turtle had to step in and help finish it off, though.


One of The Girl’s favorite things to do in Paris: see Monet’s Nymphéas series in person at Musée de l’Orangerie! The building was specially designed for these paintings, and as you go along, you can watch Monet start to lose his eyesight as everything gets a little bit darker and muddier. The paintings were absolutely breathtaking and had greater presence and weight than the Mona Lisa did, in The Girl’s opinion.