Our little Lilybug is FOUR!!! The first celebration during our big adventure goes to this spunky little lady!
The day started off with homemade nuttela crepes and strawberries. This is my go-to recipe and I was glad that with minimal kitchen tools (no whisk!) I was still able to pull it off. I think a key to long-term travel will be making sure we incorporate things from home into our daily routine. Recipe coming soon!
About a fifteen minute walk from our apartment, the museum is made up of multiple galleries each with it’s own entrance fee. We decided to start the Gallery of Comparative Anatomy and Palaeontology. When you first enter you are led into The Gallery of Comparative Anatomy. Over 1000 skeletons were painstakingly assembled and displayed by their organization and classification. The sheer number of specimens is overwhelming and truly takes your breath away.
With the current heatwave that we’ve been experiencing I would highly recommend keeping well hydrated and arrive at opening to avoid the heat of the day. There is no air conditioning and only a few small floor fans positioned throughout the collection. Giant windows make up most of the walls of the room and the beautiful natural light just pours in.
The second floor consists of The Gallery of Palaeontology. For the dinosaur lover this would be paradise! One of Lily’s favourite movies right now is The Good Dinosaur so it was the perfect time to visit. She loved explaining parts of the movie to me through various fossils of her favourite characters.
We decided to break for lunch and happened upon La Mosquee just across the street. What an experience! It felt like we were stepping into a piece of Morocco. The place was packed, the energy fast and phrenetic, it was like we were transported. The theming felt authentic and we were seated in the middle courtyard with metal tray tables and rattan seats.
We ordered chicken and vegetable couscous, lamb tagine and kefta meatballs and fries. I had a mint tea, which was so refreshing on a hot day. The food was delicious and hit the spot. We were ready to move on!
We headed back into le jardins to visit The Gallery of Evolution. With the glorious air conditioning, dim lighting and detailed displays it was a great way to wind down for the rest of the afternoon. The exhibits featured a beautiful collection of fossils, skeletons and stuffed animals, tracing the evolution of the wildlife on our planet.
The kids loved the safari “parade” on the second floor with a mix of prey and predators on display. The lighting simulates and 24 hour lighting cycle complete with thunder and rain sound effects!
In total we spent 6 hours in both galleries. There is still so much to do in the gardens, I would recommend another visit to either visit the other galleries or the menagerie at the other end. It’s a great place to unwind and not as busy as other tourist attractions around Paris.
We headed back home for a well deserved nap and woke up for a late dinner in the cafe under our apartment. The staff were so sweet to give her a chocolate cake complete a giant candle! Happy 4th birthday, Lily! We are so happy to be on this adventure with you. XOXO