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.
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.
The Girl couldn’t resist one more photo from the Musée de l’Orangerie. She could spend a week there.
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.
Do you see this face here? This is the face of a very pleased Turtle about to dive into the richest chocolate crepe The Girl has ever eaten. (It was delicious.)
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!
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.)
Little Turtle especially appreciated how the light coming through the stained glass windows played on the floor in this photo from Sacré-Couer.
Little Turtle was blown away by the mosaics and stained glass in La Basilique du Sacré Couer de Montmartre. It was truly worth the wait – the first stone was laid in 1875 and the building was only ready for consecration in 1914! In particular, the mosaics took 22 years to install, and the stained glass windows took 17 years to fit (and had to be replaced when they were destroyed by bombing in WWII).
The best post-Eiffel Tower idea: dessert! Crème brûlée may be an obvious choice, but it was a good one. The Girl can definitely recommend Le Flore en l’Ile for late-night sweets!