I want to eat my weight in bread

by Janey Canuck in


Okay, so where was I? Right. About to visit France's largest glacier. So I hopped aboard an old-timey train and while it chugged its way up a mountain (to a height of about 6000 feet), I snapped a tonne of photos of the absolutely stunning scenery. It was gorgeous. Once I got up the mountain, I took a cable car partway down to the glacier and then descended 380 steps to get to an ice cave.

Holy guacamole, the ice cave is one of the coolest, most amazing things I've ever seen in my life. There's no way to really describe what it was like to go through a cave made entirely of ice. It was surreal, breathtaking, and just a little bit tempting to lick. Then it was back up the stairs, back up the cable car and back down the mountain. Before meeting Kevin back at our hotel, I stopped for a delicious crepe. It was delicious. Then, it was time to catch our night train to Paris.

Once we arrived in Paris in the morning, we made our way to our hotel, where our room was already ready, dropped our stuff and headed over to the Louvre. We wandered around for a couple of hours, drinking in our fill of art. Happily, because it's February, the crowds were very light and we got to see a lot. After that, we walked over to the Eiffel tour and headed on up to the top to check out the city.

After that, it was back to the hotel for a rest to gear up for the day's main event. Dinner.

We found a nice little place near our hotel and I don't know what I ordered but it was amazing. I know it was lamb. I know there were mashed potatoes. But I'm not sure what else was involved. I suspect the mashed potatoes were around 3 parts butter to 1 part potato. And they were heaven. And so was the lamb. And so was the bread. And the wine. And so was the tarte tatin I had for dessert. Just heaven.

Today was also a busy day. We started with a couple of pastries on our way to the subway to visit Le Musee D'Orsay, which is crammed full of Impressionist painting. We saw a lot of Monet, my particular favourite, and a number of other beautiful works. Then it was on to Notre Dame where we headed into the Archeological Museum to see some of the ruins of the ancient settlements before heading into the church. It was fascinating to wander through and so hard to believe it was nearly torn down at one point. Then, it was over to Champs Elysses to wander up the road and then take in L'Arc de Triomphe. Amazing. Just amazing.

Now, we're trying to decide on where to go for tonight's dinner. I'm hoping to have coq au vin or confit de canard. With bread. And wine.