Jules and I took the RER line (it's like a Métro that goes outside the city) to the suburbs to visit where she used to live in fourth grade. We walked through a colorful, small-town market street and I went to Mass. Even though I couldn't understand anything the priest said, I got to appreciate the stained glass and classic paintings decorating the inside of the old church.
We met some Seattle friends at the Musée d'Orsay. Until a few years ago, I didn't feel this way about art museums — but now I am at a place where looking at these Impressionist paintings is like eating sweet candies that have all the nutrients of vegetables. I used to only really like Renoir, Degas and Chagall, but now I'm starting to also like Manet, Monet, Picasso and van Gogh.
I was thinking about at what age I will want to start bringing my own kids to Europe. Having to drag kids around Europe, like my parents did, doesn't sound appealing at all. I want to raise kids who are cultured from a young age, but I probably won't bring them frequently until they are teenagers and can appreciate the art, the food and the other cultural differences — because all this stuff is expensive!!
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