The kids could be happy browsing souvenir shops all day every day. They don’t insist on buying much, rather they are just interested (as the parents are) about the things you find in other countries. Along the way we have picked up a few souvenirs here and there. Some are treats payed for by the parents or grandparents, and some things Everett pays for with his own money. Today we went to the Galeries Lafayette to shop for upscale souvenirs. Everyone looked around for some time when Gwen found a unicorn that turns into a rainbow neck pillow – probably the most perfect gift ever for her! The boys saw how this worked and then each of them wanted something similar so they got whale pillows, later named Herman (Everett’s) and Sherman (Ted’s).

Afterward we stopped at a boulangerie to get each of the kids and individual quiche, then walked toward to Musée d’Orsay. It seems astonishing that it could take 3 or 4 hours to make one brief stop and walk to a museum, but we don’t seem to do anything quickly. There are several standoffs a day with each of the twins (curiously never at the same time), but they are consistently walking about 5 miles a day with good endurance. We keep a stash of candy bars and lollipops on hand for bribes. Everett has saved the day more than once by giving everyone Swedish fish candy.

We usually have 1 to 2 hours at each museum before the kids reach their limits. At the Orsay we focused our attention on the impressionist gallery. Everett wanted to see paintings by Monet, and Ted took an amazing interest in many of the paintings with Melissa. He started explaining the subject matter and feeling behind each of them. Fascinating to see him so engaged, and not entirely surprising given how much creative energy he has had over the past year. At the end of the impressionist gallery is the most comfortable couch ever made.

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