Posts Tagged ‘museums’

Visiting Paris – a tip to avoid the lines

January 19th, 2017

Today at the Centre Pompidou.  This is why you should buy museum tickets online in advance!  The line was even more impressive in person…  And with advance purchased tickets I walked to the head of the security line to enter the museum.  Conservative estimate of time save – 20 to 30 minutes!  And this was a weekday afternoon, not during a holiday period!


Musée Quai Branly – Night Photos

January 16th, 2017

I wanted to see the latest exhibit at Quai Branly, The Color Line (about African-American artists since the Civil War) before it closed yesterday (I know I shouldn’t have waited until the last minute but it got away from me!).  At 3:30 Saturday the wait to get in was 1 hour 20 minutes.  So I went and did other things and came back around 7:30 (possible since they’re open late – until 9 pm – on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  And there was no waiting at


Like things that go boom? Fête de Sainte Barbe at Les Invalides, Paris

December 6th, 2014

Sainte Barbe is the patron saint of the artillery (it’s kind of a long and gorey story). Though December 4th is her saint day it’s being observed today and tomorrow, December 6th and 7th, by the Musée de l’Armée at Les Invalides.  Soldiers in uniforms from the past, artillery displays and of course, things that go boom in action. 2:30 – 5:00 PM today and tomorrow.  Free Hotel des Invalides, 129 rue de Grenelle, 7th


The liberation of Paris -August 1944

August 21st, 2014

If you’re a history buff and in Paris on August 24th you’re in luck – the city of Paris will observe the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris all day long.  During the day wreaths will be laid at various points around the city to honor many of those who fell during this campaign.  There will also be a special commemorative mass at Notre Dame at 11:30 am.  Events will culminate with a ceremony in front of the Hôtel de Ville at 9pm with


The Orient Express Exhibit

April 28th, 2014

Once Upon a Time the Orient Express (Il était une fois l’Orient Express), that fabled train linking Europe to Istanbul (then Constantinople), is the subject of a current exhibit at the Institut du Monde Arabe (Institute of the Arab World).  Four original refurbished cars are in the courtyard of the museum, with interiors perfectly staged to evoke the era and the personalities that made this train so famous, from Mata Hari to Graham Greene to Agatha Christie.  There are also several related exhibits inside the


Here’s a Paris museum only open between Christmas & January 5!

December 26th, 2013

The Musée des Arts Forains (think old-world country fairs), an off-the-beaten path museum in the 12th, is only open to the general public over the Christmas holidays (this year, December 26, 2013 – January 5, 2014).  If you love merry-go-rounds, caliopes, carney games, wooden caravans, etc. you’ll be captivated!  Essentially this is a private collection and most of the year it functions as a rather unusual event center.  Occasionally groups can arrange guided visits (which is how I got to see the museum a year


Pasolini Roma at the Cinémathèque Francaise

December 5th, 2013

Italian film is in the spotlight this fall at the Cinémathèque française, including the life and work of Pier Paolo Pasolini.  Focusing on his 25 years in Rome (hence the title of the exhibit) the exhibit covers the 25 years when he lived and worked in his city of adoption, telling the story of this period through film clips, letters, extracts of poems and other written works, still photos, paintings, maps and other artifacts.  Fascinating view into the life of this passionate, creative figure of


Expo ‘Théâtre du Monde’ (World Theatre) at La Maison Rouge, Paris

November 21st, 2013

A fascinating exhibit that mixes everything from antiquities to videos of performance art.  From the private collection of David Walsh, who created MONA (Museum of Old and New Art near Hobart, Tasmania).  The exhibit is eclectic to say the least but also fascinating, thought provoking and well worth the visit.  Some pieces are just fun, some are disturbing and some are beautiful.  (The juxtaposition of ancient and modern is a bit reminiscent of the Crossing Borders show at the Rosenblum Collection last year but that


Chagall: Between War & Peace, Paris until July 21, 2013

March 12th, 2013

Chagall: Between War & Peace is the current exhibit at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris until July 21, 2013.  Open daily from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm with tickets available online for specific times, assuring that you won’t spend hours of your precious time in Paris standing in line.  And, since it’s in the Luxembourg gardens you can combine your museum visit with a stroll in the lovely park! For more information and to buy tickets online click here.


Unexpectedly ‘stuck’ in Paris? Contact JPP for help!

January 26th, 2013

Unexpectedly ‘stuck’ in Paris (as many were recently due to snow)?  No plans?  What to do? Contact Joan’s Personalized Paris! That happened last week to the adult son of a friend.  He had been here on business and then, due to flight cancelations, had his visit unexpectedly prolonged.  Speaking no French and now on his own in cold, wet, snowy Paris, my friend reached out to me (help!).  With a bit of background about the stranded traveler I suggested the Dali exhibit at the Pompidou

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