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PARIS PERFECT- December in the MARAIS

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A December 2003 trip to Paris by travelprone

The Carnavalet- An historical treasure house- Photo, Paris, France More Photos
Quote: Booked in a hurry, toured in a flurry, five days of museums, bistros, and strolls. We happily enjoyed feasts for tummy and eye. There’s nowhere like Paris for a sense of the old, enmeshed with a modern dash of the bold.

PARIS PERFECT- December in the MARAIS

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The Carnavalet- An historical treasure house- Photo, Paris, France
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A journey backwards in time, a Roman bath, world-famed tapestries, and up close to some stunning samples of stained glass art--all in the truly medieval world of the Musee de Moyen Age(Cluny).The Carnavalet, museum of the city of Paris, proved disappointingly difficult for us. Tantalizing captions only in French frustrated us from full appreciation of this museum’s wealth.Late (2 weeks before arrival) apartment booking, necessitating our staying two nights in the 3rd er (Marais) and three in the 2nd er (Les Halles), proved an unexpected boon. Compared to the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, the Musee Picasso shows less of the artist’s quality work, but more of a portrait of the m...Read More

Musee National du Moyen Age

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Attraction | "Musee du Moyen Age (Cluny)"

Musee National du Moyen Age Photo, Paris, France
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My favorite--what a delightful surprise this triple-threat museum is! Located in a fifteenth-century palace built over the ruins of third-century Roman baths, this museum’s other main draws are the amazing six Lady and the Unicorn tapestries and a room filled with stained glass from the ruins of various medieval French churches. Resurrected from the chateau of Broussac, these world-famed tapestries adorn a specially designed elliptical-walled room, providing maximum viewing pleasure for visitors who can thus easily compare each section’s details. This sixteenth century artistic marvel depicts the myth of the pure maiden who tames the unicorn; a sensual masterpiece, each of the tapestries but the sixth...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 18, 2005

Musee National du Moyen Age
6, Place Paul Painlevé
Paris, France 75005
+33 (1) 53 73 78 00

Musee National Picasso Paris

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Attraction | "Musee Picasso"

Musee National Picasso Paris Photo, Paris, France
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French estate taxes are hefty; Picasso lived most of his long, artistically productive life (92 years) in France and after his death, his heirs faced a terrifically high tax bill. In lieu of cash they didn’t have, they donated an equivalently hefty number of artworks and memorabilia to the French government in satisfaction of these levies after eleven years of trying to do so. This largest world collection of Picasso is a chronologically arranged presentation of not only art works but a life- a dual collection that has become one of the most popular museums in Paris.Fittingly located in the artsy, still slightly funky Marais, within the 17th-century Hotel Sale (Salt, as its first owner controlled d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 18, 2005

Musee National Picasso Paris
Hotel Sale 5, Rue De Thorigny
Paris, France 75003
+33 (1) 42 71 25 21

Musée Carnavalet

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Attraction | "Musee Carnavalet"

Musée Carnavalet Photo, Paris, France
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While visiting this museum of the history of Paris, I was frustrated by my limited reading ability in French in the absence of any language but French in the exhibits. Do stop at reception and pick up an available English copy of the plan. Hopefully, the museum will be able to provide more written help in other languages soon for this museum contains a wealth of information and relics of the city’s past from pre-historic times till the 20th century, but to non-French visitors ignorant of that language and Parisian history, the identity of many personages in its large collection of portraits is unknown and unknowable.I was led to suspect that the city’s funds might be limited by need for restoration...Read More

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Musée Carnavalet
23, rue de Sévigné
Paris, France 75003
+33 1 44 59 58 58

Cite Dupetit Thouars Apartment

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The Mairie 3rd er-all decked out in Photo, Paris, France
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www.parisholidayapts.com Available for only the first two days of our stay, this 520-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment on our second floor with no lift had a rather scruffy-looking exterior in contrast with newer renovated buildings that surrounded it. Located on a small, dead-end street of graphics and art shops, intermixed with apartment residences, its location a few blocks south of Republique metro station and around the corner from a Monoprix that sold everything- groceries, clothing, cosmetics, you name it, you could get it- was so very convenient for us. We walked to the Picasso and Carnavalet Museums and it was a quick metro ride to the Latin Quarter and the Cluny Museum. Howev...Read More

FOOD--GLORIOUS FOOD--Marais

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The Arcades near the Musee Picasso- Photo, Paris, France
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On our first night, we went out searching for an informal restaurant preferably one favored by locals. As we had snacked, we weren’t so hungry and had time to admire the Christmas lights at the local government buildings and enjoy the holiday bustle of that major shopping street, Rue Berenger. Several blocks further south, just off the Rue Bretaigne, at 26 Rue Santonge we saw Pizza Tonino’s neon sign. Italian in Paris--why not? The only tourists in this small half-filled restaurant on a rainy week night, we ordered from a 3 course menu that had 3 choices per course. My husband and I in rare duplication ordered the same choices- salad with shrimp and avocado, veal scallops with spaghetti...Read More