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Mona and Chocolate

Thursday (again warm and sunny, ho hum) we trooped off to the Louvre. It was fairly crowded, but except for a brief line at Security, we breezed in with our museum passes. Before leaving home I had printed out two of the Louvre's Thematic Walks from their website. Dan really wanted to do the DaVinci Code one, Evan voted for Daily Life in Ancient Egypt. We started with the DaVinci Code. The walk was very interesting, as the writer wanted to show not only the sites and artworks from the book, but how Brown had juggled facts into fiction, and how art historians over the years have spun stories from mis- and over- interpreting artwork. Busted quite a few "facts" from the novel, which was eye-opening for Dan. The guard let the kids get closer to the Mona Lisa, which was nice. Afterward, we walked for what seemed like miles to the Egyptian galleries and did some of that walk before we admitted defeat, and went outside to eat our sandwiches.

We then hopped on the Metro to the left bank for our tour of the kitchen at Gérard Mulot, pastry and chocolate maker!

This I had arranged through the website Meeting the French.

We were met at the shop by our interpreter. It was a fascinating visit, seeing Patrick the macaroon baker and his assistants in one kitchen, and the very focused chief chocolate maker and his group of assistants in the chocolate "laboratory." We were there for a good hour, and there was plenty of opportunity to ask questions and see just why really good pastry and chocolates are so labor intensive and so expensive. And yes, there were lots of samples! My favorite was a lemon and dark chocolate, and an orange and cinnamon macaroon.

Back home, and a nice wander, then dinner.

Comments (3)


Amy - that tour sounds fabulous! I have to add that to my list. I'm impressed that you even contemplated two thematic tours of the louvre let alone started the second. :)


I am sitting here in a hotel in Charlottesville reading your blog on my Blackberry!! Even the photos display! Sounds like a great trip. Sorry about the black eyes ...

kristina haynes:

Hi Amy - came across your blog while browsing on slow travel - such a small world! I am the Australian who was on the same choc/ pastry tour with my mother and daughter - we thought it was fantastic as well

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