Carnavalet Museum, Paris
Posted by Lisa Hill on September 7, 2012
We had a lovely lunch at the Royal Turenne Bistro (where the food was scrumptious and the waiters were friendly and helpful (and kind to me about my awful French) and then made our way to a most enjoyable afternoon at the Carnavalet Museum, Paris.
This museum traces the history of the city from its beginnings to the present day and it is full of fascinating exhibits. If you watch the slideshow you can see
- fragments of a massive statue of Louis XIV which was pulled down during the revolution, locks of hair from the murdered royal family, the dauphin’s toys and a model of the guillotine
- Voltaire’s chair, and a bust of him too
- Proust’s bedroom where he did much of his writing,
- gorgeous miniatures and lovely porcelain used to advertise wares in the days when people were illiterate (and a modern one of Lanvin’s boutique)
- Fouquet’s glorious art nouveau cafe, and
- memorabilia from the French Revolution.
All of this is in two lovely buildings with more than 100 rooms decorated in style from the 17th to the 20th century. There are also two formal gardens and a kitchen garden, a pleasant place to sit and rest weary feet.