When we got back, I spent almost three full days getting my project done for the deadline, unpacking, doing laundry and housework, and dreading my return to the classroom. Not an easy nor a happy transition.
Next week, I take another graduate class, then it's two weeks till I'm back teaching....
But the wonderful thing is that our baby will be here in less than two months!
I had said that the Loire valley castles were better than Versailles... well, Fontainebleau surpasses them all. It's magnificient, all the furniture is still there.... you could move in so easily. Got to see Josephine's bedroom, Napoleon's hat, his bathtub, and the desk where he crafted his world-changing Napoleonic Code... and where he ultimately signed his abdication before his exile to Elba. A special exhibit described how Fontainebleau actually began the modern idea of tourism."
The grounds are spectacular as well. We spent many happy hours there... all bittersweet as our time in Paris is coming to an end.
When we returned to Paris and got out our metro stop, we dined at the cafe that was right at the top (though, regretfully, we had passed it by every other time). I had calamari (the best ever!!!) and lapin provencale (tasty bunny; the special of the day). Tom had escargot (of course) and magret de canard au miel. Desserts were mousse au chocolat and tarte tatin.
We watched our crepes made fresh... what a treat!
We visited Le Bon Marche department store, particularly so I could check out their little Droguerie inside.
Then we had dinner at L'ecriture once again.... traditional dishes (and even tastier than any I had there before): soupe a l'oignon, confit, cote de veau, fromage, and creme brulee.
It's the first time in my life I received a menu that actually had no prices on it (only for the ladies, of course; Tom's had them... gentlemen are allowed no illusions)! And the forks were tine down, as I had learned about in my French studies so long ago. There were so many people on staff to assist you... I think we were under the care of five including the sommelier who kept our bottle of Loire Valley wine somewhere safe and brought it all the way to our table only as needed.
So here's what we had (amuse-bouche are, of course, always gratis):
Chenonceau (that's Tom on the bridge)...
and Chambord...They are all gorgeous (more interesting than Versailles, too!), but we think Chenonceau is the best. We must go back someday and see more. In Amboise, we lunched on gallettes (savory crepes) with some local cider...
We watched the fountain water displays from the windows of the Hall of Mirrors.... we probably had the best view!
Promptly at 5:30pm, everyone was herded out due to the closing of the palace; what we didn't expect was that we couldn't go in the gardens!
We had to exit, walk for a couple miles before we could re-enter the park near Marie-Antoinette's compound. I must say this was the true highlight of the day (all kinds of labyrinth-like footpaths, waterfalls, temple-like gazebos, and intriguing grottos)... at least until the light rain began. We scrapped our plans for Eau Nocturnes, luckily grabbed the very last bus, and headed to the station for home
It was a bit colder tonight than usual, or was it just being on the river? Out boat was the Caliphe. Wonderful at last to actually sail down the river and see the sites at night. It was spectacular to see the Eiffel Tower lit up from close...
It looks a bit bigger than it does from our balcony.
One of only two photos of Tom and me together that Tom did not actually take himself!
I literally spent the whole day and evening at the Louvre (the museum closes at 10:00pm on Wednesdays and Fridays), except for my two meal breaks (lunch at Pomme de Pain, a chain of sandwich places, and dinner with Tom at the Louvre's cafe). Quite exhausting even if you're not 28 weeks pregnant!I got to play tour guide for Tom and showed him all the masterpieces I had learned about.
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Ciao, I'm JoyceAnna - I'm a polyglot in Cherry Hill, NJ(I'm originally from Lodi: not the one in California!). I'm enthusiastic about Jamberry(I serve Camden County and some of Burlington County, too!), Cooking, Crafts, Beauty & Fashion and of course, my family and faith. This blog is a place where I muse upon all the things I love! Stay in touch! Parlo italiano; je parle français; hablo español.
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