Travels with Tim and Lisa

"If my discoveries are other people's commonplaces I cannot help it – for me they retain a momentous freshness" (Elizabeth Bowen)

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.

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7 Responses to “Carnavalet Museum, Paris”

  1. […] an homage to Proust. […]

  2. boothsbooks said

    Is this the one not far from the Picasso museum where you can go down into the basement and see some of the Roman stones. We thought that museum was fascinating!

    Soon be saying Welcome Home

    Carol

  3. residentjudge said

    I’ve only just caught up with your blog Lisa, and spent a lovely afternoon looking at your pictures, reading your posts and wishing, wishing, wishing that one day I see some of the things you have.

  4. Louise said

    This looks so wonderful. Carnavalet is definitely on my list for next year. Thanks for the sneak preview. I hear there is a nice restaurant there too.

    • Lisa Hill said

      Be sure to take a hankie, Louise. I don’t think anyone can look at the display of the dauphin’s toys or the locks of hair from the Marie Antoinette and Co without getting a lump in the throat.

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