Summing up our Paris Adventure

It’s time to say au revoir to our almost 4 weeks of living in Paris. But we will be back. With so many places and so many blogs on Paris, we decided to create this blog that points to the neighborhoods, museums and restaurants that we talk about: Neighborhoods Marais District Île de la Cité [Read more …]

A Very Bubbly Birthday and Champagne Tasting in Reims

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It has been many years since our last trip to the Champagne region of France. We would have liked (to take a few days to visit a number of small producers from around the region that we met at a recent San Francisco champagne tasting. But darn, we weren’t able to take that much time [Read more …]

Claude Monet’s Giverney

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Giverney isn’t really a museum, but it may as well be. It is actually a pretty Norman town in which Monet chose to build his estate, and his now famous garden. We’ve seem the paintings that Monet painted of Giverney and have seen pictures of his beautiful garden, but we wanted to see it for [Read more …]

Paris Destination Restaurants

Wherever we travel, food is always one of our obsessions. Nowhere more so than Paris. While we have eaten at a number of Michelin star restaurants in the past, and still occasionally do so. This trip included visits to two white-tablecloth Alain Ducasse restaurants—restaurants at which we had very different experiences, and came away with [Read more …]

Two Tales of a Revolution

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“Off With their Heads”. …a phrase that comes to mind when talking about the French revolution. We knew a little about this time period, but our knowledge was rather limited and impressionistic. What better way, short of reading a book, to learn about the French revolution than to take a walking tour of the Paris [Read more …]

Paris Museums: Paris Archeological Crypt, Marmottan Museum, Le Corbusier Foundation, Pierre and Marie Curie Museum, Zadkine Museum, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Architecture and Patrimonies Museum

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Paris Archeological Crypt Crypte Archeologique, which is located at the spot on which Pairs was first settled (right by Notre Dame Cathedral), is loaded with history. The first and best place to learn about and to actually see remnants of its earliest history is in the site in which that history was created. Through 3D [Read more …]

Paris Museums: Rodin Museum, Baccarat Crystal Museum

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Rodin Museum The Musee Rodin’s main building, the Hotel Biron, where Rodin lived, is now undergoing a much-needed renovation. Even so, the chapel and the garden, which contain many of Rodin’s sculptures, remains open. The current exhibition begins with an overview of the artist’s training—including his failing of the entrance exam to Ecoles des Beaux [Read more …]

Paris Museums–Sewers and L’Orangerie

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Paris Sewer System Museum (Musée des Égouts) The depths of a major city sewer system, with water flowing under your feet, may seem like an unusual subject and location for a museum. But Musée des Égouts has been a popular site for years. After walking several stories below ground, you reach the section of the [Read more …]

Paris Museum of Modern Art and National Museum of Asian Art

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Musee d’Art Moderne The Musee d’Art Moderne is located in the Palais of Tokyo, which was built in 1937 for the International Exhibition of Arts and Technology. Although awkwardly organized (with numbered galleries often not aligned with the time periods or artistic styles that they represent), is still a gem. It generally offers significant numbers [Read more …]

Paris Museums: Picasso Museum

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For over 4 years, we have been waiting to visit Paris’ Musee Picasso since it was closed for massive renovation—a renovation that was so massively over schedule and over budget that the museum’s director was fired. This trip, we finally got our chance. It was well worth the wait—despite the fact that we had to [Read more …]