And the second-best museum is…

April 17, 2011

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Blog Guy, I’m having an argument with my piano tuner’s haberdasher…

SWITZERLAND/My main purpose in life is to settle arguments. What is it?

We were trying to decide on the second-best museum in the world, next to your Goofy Face Museum and Doughnut Shop, which we both agree is number one.

Anyways, is number two the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City, or the Louvre, in Paris?

Sorry, I’m not familiar with those. I’m sure they’re probably both okay.

saint bernard pope 320WHAT? And you’re a travel writer? Then what would be your choice?

I’m very partial to the St. Bernard Dog Museum, in Martigny, Switzerland.

I love those sweet dogs and their little kegs of brandy. I almost always run into the pope when I’m there. Look, they just showed some new puppies yesterday.

You’re a dimwit! So all they have at this place is nice big dogs, cute puppies and lots of brandy?

Sure. What else would you look for in a museum? Or anywhere else, for that matter?

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saint bernard crop 280Top: Eight week-old Saint Bernard puppies sleep after playing in an enclosure of the St. Bernard Dog Museum in the southwestern Swiss town of Martigny, April 16, 2011. REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud

Right: Saint Bernard dogs Katy and Salsa sit on the snow after their arrival at the Great Saint Bernard mountain pass in the southwestern Swiss Alps June 4, 2009. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Right: Pope Benedict plays with Saint Bernard dogs at the Maison of Saint Bernard in Martigny, July 19, 2006. REUTERS

Left: Keeper plays with an eight week-old Saint Bernard puppy in an enclosure of the St. Bernard Dog Museum in Martigny, April 16, 2011. In 2005. REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud

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PUPPIES!!!! Can I keep ALL of them???

Posted by GeorgiaPeach | Report as abusive

Ah so that’s where Snoop Dog got his nick from! :D

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

What flavor doughnut tastes best with a snifter of brandy?

If skiers get a patron saint and wonderful rescue dogs, do the OE bloggers get to have St. Bassler and rescued dogs?

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Sorry, BG: St. Basler. Have not had coffee yet and it is hard to dodge the lightning bolts without any, let alone type correctly…

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Onedoor, the doughnut flavor has to be Mexican, in recognition of the St. Bernard Salsa…what a strange flavor for brandy.

Posted by Moonshine | Report as abusive

@Moonshine: Cornmeal doughnuts with St. Bernard Salsa!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

The pope is blessing the brandy turning it into holy brandy. Those Saint Bernards are actually an elite force fighting against the rise of vampires.

http://blogs.reuters.com/oddly-enough/20 10/06/08/a-dab-of-kiwi-wax-on-those-flor sheims-mr-dracula/

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

But, but, but… You’re surely forgetting the Cumberland Pencil Museum?! And the Barbed Wire Museum in Texas?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Second Georgia’s comment…
Pupppiess!!!
Oh, and that brandy keg hanging as a collar is just precious… too darn precious…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I think the Pope is blessing the dog, rather than playing with it… or maybe beseeching the spirit of St.Bernard…
I have been reading too many sci-fi novels…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

St. Bernard was …*EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL CENSORED*…

And that’s it basically, that’s why these fellows are called St. Bernards! I hope that was educational in a zap-free manner. :)

Posted by Malteser | Report as abusive

Keeper in photo 4 looks like she’s in danger of losing her jacket to the puppy.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Hmm … brandy-soaked doughnuts – with sprinkles!

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Brrrandy soaked doughnuts would be soggy, Nosmo…
I say, use brandy instead of water while making the dough for the doughnuts… ummm… now that sure sounds good… and as always, Xanax sprinkles for moi…

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

No, brandy soaked doughnuts would be the far tastier relative of Rum Babas; thanks for that recipe tip Nosmo. :)

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Rum Babas!!! I know those!! Weird shaped thingies tho, dontcha think, CG?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

And a pain to make. I’ve never yet got the texture right. Maybe I should leave the rum alone until I’ve actually cooked them?

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive