Our Bateaux Mouches boat tour on the Seine had just finished. We were heading from Pont D’alma to Invalides to see Napoleon’s tomb and visit The French Army Museum. But the kids decided to run, not walk from Pont D’Alma to Pont Alexandre III. Typical of their method of sightseeing, they go with full enthusiasm in between stops. Rather than conserve energy they opt to run, skip, hop and play hide and seek at every opportunity. So their eyes were wide open when we approached The Cours la Reine – a beautiful stretch of grass along the Seine between the Pont Invalides and Pont Alexandre III. The statue of Lafayette (Keith’s new hero – separate blog post due on this subject) served as base for their impromptu hide and go seek game. They ran back and forth, back and forth – hid behind tall trees that lined The Cours and hid behind a statue at the beginning of the grass. They were adorable.
But of course we had run out of water. So when we were finally able to encourage the kids to keep moving towards our destination they were parched. I think I even heard Isabella say in French “J’ai soif”. Wow, she must have been thirsty. But there was nothing around. And then as we kept walking, almost like a dream come true – this adorable little Glaces truck appeared right at the entrance to cross the Pont Alexandre III bridge.
This truck was just so picture perfect and served great homemade ice cream and sorbet (and sold water!). The owner of the truck was so sweet – happily telling us the story of his family’s business. Happy to own a successful small business and proud to share with us a French magazine that recently featured his ice cream truck in a food article about Paris.
Maison Berthillon might be famous for having the best ice cream in Paris – but in our book the little Glace truck on the bridge is our favorite!