My favorite days are those rare days I get to spend some one on one time with one of my kids. This past weekend, I got one of those special days with Eero and we drove to Bordeaux to visit the Musee d'art Contemporain and have lunch and enjoy the sunshine we've been so desperate for. The museum was small but stunning and featured an architecture exhibit of small paper sculptures. I managed to sneak in one photo before I was scolded by security. Oops!
We had lunch in a neighboring brasserie where I was pleasantly surprised by the enfant (children's) menu. It is rare to see a children's menu in France because people don't take their kids to restaurants as much as we are accustomed to and because the French believe that children should eat the same foods as adults, therefore not needing a separate menu. Eero picked the steak frites and ice cream. I chose the Plat du Jour (plate of the day) which is always delicious, cheap and is served quickly which is perfect for dining with a three-year-old. It came in the most darling black Le Creuset pot with brass knob and was filled with a tomato/veggie stew and topped with salmon. Delish!
Lunch was followed by the carnival set up in the town square. Four rides on the car ride and one on the kiddie coaster and he was spent. He fell asleep in the stroller giving me ample time to wander the cobblestone streets and take photos. I really love Bordeaux! It seems to have a slower pace than Paris but is perhaps equally hip. It has a university so there are a lot of young people and all the vibrancy that comes with them. This day was particularly vibrant as it was the first warm and sunny Saturday in 6 months. The locals were picnicking along the promenade by the thousands and everyone was out and about wandering the streets. The French LOVE their picnics! Who knew my blog name would be so aptly titled for our year abroad? Not me.
The icing on the cake was spending the entire day with Eero, my firecracker, with zero tantrums or meltdowns. He even was quiet for the entire 3 hours spent in the car. Total bliss! I guess I'm not a bad parent and he doesn't need therapy. He just can't be around his siblings. :-/