Our first book was Madeleine. Sweet Madeleine. So we took the week and focused on Paris and France.
Our little French flag.
We started the week with French toast and poached eggs. Not even sure that French toast is exactly French, but it was fun and a treat for my Paleo kiddos.
Because Paris sits on the banks of the Seine River, and our lovely city sits on the banks of the Mississippi River, we took a trip to the Stone Arch Bridge in downtown Minneapolis to see the river for the first time.
The kids had driven over the river a couple times, but we got up close and personal.
The Stone Arch bridge was the original bridge built for trains to bring grain from the northern wheat fields across the river to the mill where it would be ground into flour. Both Gold Medal and Pillsbury have mills on the banks of the river in downtown Minneapolis. Parts of the Gold Medal Mill have been transformed into a museum. It really is stunning.
Before we left we took a little hike down next to the water. You should have seen the crazy woman with 3 monkeys, scaling walls and slippery rocks with one of the monkeys literally on her back. And a fancy camera on her shoulder. It was a memory maker for sure.
Isn't that tree the most fascinating thing! Couldn't resist a snap. Or two.
Tuesday I took the kids to The French Meadow for lunch and brioche. French Meadow has got to be one of the coolest, greenest, tree-hugger friendly granola eatin' places around. Love it. They actually have gluten-free treats! Who does that?
Our particular treat of Brioche had lots of yummy gluten!
Wednesday, art day, we constructed and painted our very own Eiffel Towers! Correction...I constructed. They painted.
And the finished product...(drumroll, please)
By the way, the kids now recite Madeleine by heart!
Next stop, Japan!