Paris Journals

Paris and its Museums

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A June 1990 trip to Paris by MichaelJM

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Quote: We have visited Paris every year for over a decade as we had formed a friendship with a French family. This journal looks at some of the museums that we have visited.

Musée du Louvre

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Attraction | "Louvre"

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France
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The Louvre was first built as a defence for Paris – a fortress on the banks of the Seine for almost three and a half centuries. Following the decision by Francois I to create a palace out of the old fortress, the building took a severe bashing, and over the ensuing centuries, it has grown significantly in size and boasts a plethora of architectural delights. So, before you even think about touring the inside, take a good look around the exterior of this fine and historic royal palace. The Tuileries, the garden that was the dream of Catherine de Medici in 1560s, has survived the test of time and retained its formal style over the generations. This was the first garden of this type to become availabl...Read More

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Musée du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli
Paris, France 75001
+33 (1) 40 20 51 51

Musée du Louvre

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Attraction | "Louvre"

Musée du Louvre Photo, Paris, France
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To do justice to this mighty museum would take several days. It is cheaper to visit after 6pm, but I’m not sure how well you’d do in the 3 hours that you’d have. Perhaps the 8.50€ entrance would be money well spent for a whole day of culture. Although, if you’re in Paris on the first Sunday of the month, you’ll get in free anyway,(under 18-year-olds, unemployed, and disabled can have free entrance on production of proof of their status). Having limited time, it was really hard to know where to start. We certainly wanted to view the "Mona Lisa," despite the fact that we knew we’d be disappointed in its stature. It is a small painting, but the controversial message allegedly embedded in its form by d...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 28, 2005

Musée du Louvre
99, rue de Rivoli
Paris, France 75001
+33 (1) 40 20 51 51

Musee d'Orsay

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Musee d'Orsay Photo, Paris, France
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This site was originally royal gardens but by 1700s was developed into expensive mansions, and by the early 1800s, housed a royal palace and cavalry buildings. The civil war put paid to that, and in 1871, the whole area had been razed to the ground. At the end of the 1800s, agreement had been reached by the French government to build a new train station on the condition that it was built in sympathy with the surroundings. Architects were tendered to offer plans, and within 2 years of the winning plans being accepted, the building was built and "ready to go." No expense was spared and the resulting station and hotel were fine testaments to the design work of Victor Laloux (who had also designed the Hôt...Read More

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Musee d'Orsay
62, Rue De Lille
Paris, France 75343
+33 (1) 4049-4994

Centre Pompidou

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Attraction | "Pompidou Centre"

Centre Pompidou Photo, Paris, France
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By contrast to the Paris’ traditional museums, the Pompidou Centre was built and conceived as a futuristic building in steel and glass, sporting outrageously vivid and some may say shocking colours. I guess nowadays (the building was planned in the early 1970s), it is straightforward and less challenging, but it still retains its importance as a breakthrough in design and construction engineering within the city. The centre is a sensational looking building, particularly at night as its glass wall, separated by the steel frame gives a strange appearance to the building – almost incomplete in its completeness with its scaffolding suggesting that work is still in progress. It’s the on...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 29, 2005

Centre Pompidou
Place Georges Pompidou
Paris 75004
+33 (1) 44 78 12 33

Grevin Wax Museum (Musee Grevin)

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Attraction | "Musee Grevin"

Grevin Wax Museum (Musee Grevin) Photo, Paris, France
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We’d never heard of the Musee Grévin until our friends suggested that we might enjoy a visit to the waxwork museum. The museum was founded in 1882 by Arthur Meyer, but takes its name from Alfred Grévin who was the creative genius who produced the earliest figures. It’s open 7 days a week between 10am and 6:30pm (7pm on weekends), and I don’t reckon it’s bad value for money. When we visited, a few years ago now, our children were at the stage of wanting to be independent but not quite making it. They strode off confidently in front of us and started to admire a rotund waxwork figure near to the box office. The piercing eyes of this character, we couldn’t place him historically, seemed to follow our ...Read More

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Grevin Wax Museum (Musee Grevin)
10 Boulevard Montmartre
Paris, France 75009
+33 1 47 70 85 05