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Paris Museum of Romantic Life : German romanticism…and roses

ParisMusée de la vie romantique” always shows delightful exhibitions related to romanticism, and it is one of the most exquisite places to visit, specially in this season.

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These days, “The Golden Age of German Romanticism ” shows drawings and watercolors by German artists working at Goethe’s time, including a View of Rome by Goethe himself. Besides Füssli and Friedrich ( three beautiful drawings by each), it is an opportunity to discover less well known artists, like J.G Shadow, whose portrait of Schiller is on the exhibition’s poster.

In a doorway rue Chaptal #26 opens an alley, and walking along makes you think you’re far away from Paris.

At the end of it, you come to light at the museum’s entrance.

The exhibition rooms are in three different buildings, so going from one place to another, you cross the courtyard and its gorgeous flowers.

The last part of the exhibition takes place in the central house, and to get in, you climb up the outdoor stairs adorned with the most beautiful roses.

It is part of Ary Scheffer‘s townhouse, a painter of early nineteenth century, and you go through his living room.

When we left, we were a bit disappointed to discover that the tea room had not opened yet, for it is part of the place’s charm. If you come in June, it will be open.

Then, you will enjoy tea time in the garden, with bird songs and children voices from the next door school. Lovely.

Musée de la Vie Romantique, 16 rue Chaptal 75009 Paris metro Saint-Georges tel 33(0)1 55 31 95 67 open 10 to 18, closed on Monday. Exhibition : L’âge d’or du Romantisme Allemand, up to June 15, enter 7 euros. Information on www.vie-romantique.paris.fr/

Past and Present in Paris Galerie Vivienne

Just next door on rue des Petits-Champs, Galerie Vivienne is a more lively and luxurious twin sister to Galerie Colbert.

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It’s a beautiful place full of beautiful shops.

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While window shopping, take a look down on the mosaic floor, which is signed G. Faccina.

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If you feel tired or thirsty, just coming in, you can stop at Bistrot Vivienne

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Which also provides tables inside

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And if you’d rather have some tea than a glass of wine, walk a little further, and sit under the glass roof at “A priori thé

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At a crossing is a bookshop which sells old books and postcards.

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and next to it another bookshop that sells and buy old books too, and has a funny old sign

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And going further this way, the most stylish shop of all is Jean-Paul Gaultier.

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Following its window, you go out on rue Vivienne, once again close to Galerie Colbert.

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But Galerie Vivienne has a third entrance, on rue de la Banque

To know all about Galerie Vivienne and its shops, go to : http://www.galerie-vivienne.com/index.php

Galerie Vivienne : 4 rue des Petits-Champs, 6 rue Vivienne, 3 rue de la Banque 75002 Paris Metro Bourse or Palais-Royal

Bistrot Vivienne : 4 rue des Petits-Champs tel 33(0)1 49 27 00 50 open Monday to Saturday 12 to 23.

A priori thé : 35 galerie Vivienne tel 33(0)1 42 29 97 48 75 open Monday to Friday 9 – 18, Saturday up to 18.30, Sunday 12 – 18.30

Jean-Paul Gautier : ttp://www.jeanpaulgaultier.com/

How about a hot tea at Paris Mosque?

I am very fond of Paris Jardin des Plantes, but it’s not at its best in January.
Say for example that you just got out the Pearls Exhibition.

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Rather than going all the way down the garden, leave by the next gate, and just across rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, spot the cute building of Paris Great Mosque. It was the first Mosque ever built in France, as a tribute to the 50 000 Muslim soldiers killed in Frst World War. Its architecture is a fine combination of “hispano moresque” and ” Paris 1925″ styles.

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The garden and outdoor arcades are lovely in spring, but a bit chilly now.

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To have a mint tea and may be some oriental pastry,you can choose the winter garden with its lovely fountain :

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Or the cozy dining room.

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You can also have an oriental lunch (from 12 to 15) or supper(from 19 to 22.30) but it is better to make a reservation.

Grande Mosquée de Paris, 39 rue Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, 75005 Paris, tel 33(0)1 43 31 18 14, open everyday.

More information on : http://www.la-mosquee.com/

near Paris, good reasons to visit “parc de sceaux” (1)

Whenever RER B will run again, on a sunny day, I suggest you to go to “Parc de Sceaux”, in a wealthy suburb half an hour from Paris centre.

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It’s a beautiful garden “à la française” designed in Louis the XIV time by André le Nôtre.

On each side of this perfectly well ordered perspective open alleys leading to more natural wooden areas. It’s a very good place to take a walk, or to go jogging.

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At the main entry, the castle has been rebuilt in early XIX century, on the ruins of the previous one, which was formerly owned by Jean-Baptiste Colbert, Louis the XIV well known minister, so that in XVII century, the small town of Sceaux became a fashionable resort.

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Each summer, operas and concerts are played in the garden. Nowadays, you can visit two interesting free exhibitions.

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One inside exhibition is shown in the former stables which have been recently renovated.

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In a very appropriate setting, it shows a private collection of XVII and XVIII century French paintings, among which Phillipe de Champaigne or Jean Baptiste Greuze and works of today less well known masters. It draws you back to the garden and castle’s magnificent times.

The poster shows a french kiss between Adonis and Venus painted in XVIII century by Jean-François de Troy.

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In the nearby shop, you’ll find a free small but very well made catalogue with good pictures.

Last but not least, I had a delicious lunch at the newly opened restaurant, also located in the renovated stables. Downstairs you can have tea or a quick snack, and when spring will come, it will be lovely to sit outdoors.

Restaurant les écuries de Colbert, 8 avenue Claude Perrault 9230 Sceaux, tel 33(0)1 46 15 63 09

Exhibition ” Parcours d’un Collectionneur” everyday up to January 21 at the garden’s opening hours.

Garden opened from 8 am up to sunset (17.30 and shortly 17). RER B , stations Sceaux, Parc de Sceaux.

All informations on http://parc.de.sceaux.free.fr/

Five o’clock tea and “macarons” in Paris

Wandering along Paris streets on a sunny winter day, around 5 pm, sun goes down and air gets icy : it’s time to have tea in a cozy place.

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Ladurée is Paris reference when it comes to “macarons”, small mellow cakes that come in different flavours, and can be delicious or tasteless. At Ladurée, they are just great, and the place is warm and elegant.

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Ladurée, 15 rue Royale, 75 008 Paris Metro Madeleine, tel 33(0)142 60 21 79,

and 75 avenue des Champs-Elysées, Metro Franklin-Roosevelt, tel 33(0)1 42 25 41 28

For a virtual visit, go to : http://www.laduree.fr/