The Babe does Paris! (Day 2)

One of our friends who is following this blog said they love pictures of hotel rooms, restaurants, and food. Funny, we do too! Stay tuned, they will all appear in this post!

Day 2: Musée Marmottan Monet and the Eiffel Tower/Jardins du Trocadéro

I slept so good last night! Being on the go all day and keeping to my normal nap schedule in the new time zone meant I was so ready for bed! I’m generally a good sleeper, so that really helps!

We were so happy when we got to our room late last night! It’s huge! Lots of space for us and our stuff, which is great!Love a good window!We got the corner room, so we actually had windows on two walls! The outdoor seating area downstairs. It’s a nice place to hang out!

The upstairs outdoor lounge. This hotel had three outdoor areas!

The upstairs lounge was my favorite…because it had FLAMINGOS! (I love flamingos!)

Our first excursion for the day was a visit to the Musée Marmottan Monet. It’s a smaller museum on the far western side of Paris. It houses lots of impressionistic art by various painters–including the largest single collection of Monet’s work–over 200 pieces, including about 20 of the “Water Lily” paintings!

I love art museums! I know not every babe does, but I like looking at the pictures, and I’m really well behaved! I am always on the look out for kids and dogs in paintings…they’re my favorites!

Found some kids!

I’ve been to museums the world over. Generally, other patrons are understanding of my enthusiasm for the art, and my limited ability to express it. At this museum, there were a few older ladies who kept giving me dirty looks and huffing at me. I know it’s because I was talking loudly about the art, but I don’t know any better. Anyway, I didn’t let it bother me, and it got much better once we went down to the Monet gallery.

In fact, the Monet gallery was so peaceful, I decided to take a little siesta.

Right in front of the Marmottan Museum is a beautiful park, the Jardin du Ranelagh, with a fun playground! Since I did so well at the museum, the Mama and the Dada let me play in the park for a while…and I even got to go on the last hand turned carousel in all of Paris!

I’ve got my ticket! Waiting my turn!

I even got to play the bells that signal the carousel is going to start! Because I’m so little, I had to ride in the basket instead of on a horsey. But it meant I got to see the guy push the carousel around–he pushes the basket to start the ride! The bigger kids ride the horses and try to hook rings on sticks.

Love to play in the sand!

Still not too sure about the slide…

This was fun to bop on!

Our plan was to go to the Eiffel Tower after, but first we stopped off for some aperitifs to tide us over until dinner.

The wine is for Mama and Dada, but I got to share the jambon and beurre (ham and butter) and rilletes sandwiches!

This lady was from Phoenix. She was some sort of investment banker and had a lot of money (something about owning a Maserati…Dada said that was a fancy car). Still, she seemed kind of lonely, so I came over to say “hey” and people watch with her… and steal her cheese!

Up next, we were off to the Eiffel Tower. It’s a super touristy thing to do, but what can I say…we are tourists! Mama read that it was better to approach from the back of the tower through the Jardins du Trocadéro- fewer crowds and a better view. So that’s what we did!

Selfie time!

Dada! Throw me high so it looks like I’m jumping over the Eiffel Tower! My favorite part of the park? All the stairs…

…and the pigeons to chase!

Dada has been jumping at tourist attractions since way before I was born!The Eiffel Tower. Designed by the same architect who did the Statue of Liberty. Unfortunately, due to the threat of terrorism, you’re not allowed to walk under it any more.

All that pigeon chasing and stair climbing made me hungry! Mama (the planner), had found a restaurant near the Eiffel Tower, so we went there for dinner. “Les Cocottes” on rue St. Domenique is one of THREE restaurants by Christian Constant on this same street! The guy must live nearby or something! He’s got a casual café on the corner, this mid-priced restaurant down the block, and a fancier place next door. Cocottes are individual cast iron pots used in French cooking. We went to a restaurant last year in Nice that served some amazing dishes in cocottes, so we were excited to try this place. They don’t take reservations, but we were lucky enough to snag a low table on the sidewalk out front (all the tables inside are tall barstools, which make it hard for me to sit with Mama and Dada).

Man, this place was so good! Definitely recommend eating here!

The shared appetizer–langoustine raviolis with artichoke mousseline in a shellfish coulis–served in a cocotte. So yummy! Dada had the pasta risotto with Parmesan, squid, and Espelette pepper. This was AMAZING! It was garlicky and creamy and I enjoyed all that Dada was willing to share!

Mama had the sirloin steak with grey shallots, rissolées potatoes and sucrine salad. The steak and potatoes were good, and that salad was great!For dessert we had the chocolate mousse–also served in a cocotte. I’m pretty sure this was my favorite course!

As is generally the case in Europe, dinner started and ended late. So late, in fact, the sun was starting to set–sometime after 9PM! After dark, the Eiffel Tower puts on a five minute long light show every hour on the hour (apparently the last show at 1am lasts for 10 minutes, but I’m just a baby…that is so way past my bedtime!). It’s always lit up, but for those five minutes, it sparkles! We had passed a little side street on the way to dinner with a nice view of the tower, so we went back there. Made it just in time to see the 10pm light show, and it was awesome! The whole tower glitters with lights!

The light show was originally designed in 1999 to ring in the new millennium. It was so popular, the city of Paris kept it! Pictures, and even iPhone videos, don’t do it justice!

As soon as the light show ended, I zonked out. It’s been another long, but wonderful, day in Paris!

~The Babe

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