The big chocolate "haystack"was very good-it was actually two meringues stacked and covered with chocolate mousse, and dusted with chocolate sprinkles. Pretty darn good! The berry tart was great as usual, each berry was perfect and tasted as good as they look. Not to worry, though--we couldn't quite eat all our dessert, sadly we threw away the leftovers. We'll have more tonight!
Here are a few of our favorites:
This lovely guy is eating a rabbit. Notice how his eyes are rolled back, he must really be enjoying that rabbit!
David and Matt walking down those 300 steps:
I love this pic of David!
After leaving Notre Dame we crossed back over the Seine and wandered around the Latin Quarter. I love those narrow winding streets. We had lunch at a small cafe serving Turkish food, which was delicious. I guess David and I are "in training" for trip to Turkey next week!
Next stop--my very favorite church in Paris, St. Severin. I love it's ancient beauty and serenity. Here's the view toward the altar:
A close up on one of the windows:
A view of the vault behind the alter:
After St. Severin we walked over to St. Chapelle. Just as I expected, there was a loooong line, and it wasn't moving too fast. But we toughed it out, and soon we went through security (again, just like an airport). While we stood in line we visited with a nice couple from Florida, which helped pass the time.
St Chapelle is a beautiful cathedral, it's stained glass is considered to be some of the most beautiful in the world. It IS amazing! The interior is gothic like Notre Dame and St. Severin, but every surface is decorated with beautiful and vibrant painted finishes.
Some examples of the painted finishes:
Detail of the top of a column:
As soon as we finished at St. Chapelle we Metro'd back to our apartment. We had work to do---even on vacation laundry needs to be done! Doesn't Matt look thrilled? That nice lady you see in the background was so kind and helpful. We must have looked a little perplexed as she asked if we needed help. We sure did need help! She so graciously walked us through each step--even giving us advice on what temperature water to use! As soon as we loaded our wash into the washer, we walked to our neighborhood bakery to pick up a couple of baguettes and choose our "desert of the day". We picked up an extra one to give to her for a thank you, she was so pleased. I told her it was a Tarte Framboise (raspberry tart) and she told me that her name was Francoise and she loves framboise, and that we had spoiled her! What a nice lady. We have found the French to be lovely, helpful and kind, and have enjoyed our interactions with them.
And of course--"Dessert of the Day" A nice raspberry tart--flaky layers of pastry with a really good custard in the middle. Matt has been seeing macarons in the pastry shop windows, and was intrigued. He chose a pistachio, a banana with chocolate filling, and a raspberry! We all thought the raspberry was the best, but agreed that macarons are kind of overrated--way too sweet!
Another wonderful day in Paris has come to an end, and we enjoyed every minute of it. Matt really enjoys exploring the great cathedrals--guess he comes by that naturally!
Tomorrow: The Palace of Versailles!