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This was The Girl’s most anticipated visit of the trip: the Catacombs! Little Turtle doesn’t know what’s down here yet, but there were a lot of stairs to walk down to get underground this far, and he’s not a fan of spiral staircases.

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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.

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The Girl learned how to order croissants and grande crème in French after hearing her parents say it so much, and was very proud of herself. (“Deux croissants et deux grande crème, s’il vous plaît!”) Little Turtle is just hoping nobody mistakes him for a pastry!

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Little Turtle is going to see if The Girl will design and install some gorgeous mosaic along the baseboards in the new flat (right at Turtle-height). Then he’ll ask for some stained glass in a sunny window, so he can keep seeing this beautiful effect over and over again.

 

(The Girl’s note: stained glass windows are actually pretty easy to make! But they’re not very insulating. Sorry, LT, but we won’t be replacing the windows with fancy stained ones.)