While our teens generally make for well-behaved and pleasant company, visiting lots of museums while suffering from a bit of jet lag has brought out a few groans. The trick to keeping things cheerful seems to be regular breaks for food. En route from our hotel to the Louvre we stopped at a Salon de The to fortify ourselves with croissants before exploring the many wings of the massive museum. After navigating the collection, and the multiple swaths of tour groups, we ventured out to the Tuileries garden, and then to a table at the Terasse de Pomone for salads and sandwiches. One in our party had expressed a craving for a Croque Monsieur and apricot juice and these items figured prominently on the menu, along with an outstanding citron presse. A tall glass containing a couple of ounces of freshly squeezed lemon juice was served along with packets of sugar and a carafe of water- a hit.
Next we paid a visit to Monet’s magnificent water lilies at the Orangerie, and also their current Paul Klee exhibit. While half of our group found the Klee to be an outstandingly curated collection, well-balanced between history, information and artwork, the other half needed a modest antidote to a mild case of museum overexposure. This we found outside the museum in the form of a foot-long segment of baguette, swabbed with mustard and stuffed with a hot dog- a classic.
We continued our walk, across the Place de la Concorde, stopping to discuss relevant history- both the French Revolution and The Devil Wears Prada. Then along the Champs Elysee, en route to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. To prepare for the rigors of the climb, we made a pit stop at Laduree. Our offspring decisively selected a dozen of the renowned macarons in such flavors as caramel, rose, coconut and, of course, chocolate and vanilla. We took the lovely package of cookies out to a bench on the Champs and made short work of its contents. Thus refueled, we made our way to the top of the Arc for a spectacular, and well-earned, view of beautiful Paris.