French Fridays – More museums

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DAY 5 – Thursday

I had to go to as many museums as possible to get my money’s worth with the museum card.

I started to get more comfortable with the Metro system and changed a few trains to the Pompidou area. As I exited there were so many directions with things to see and decided to start with Picasso museum.¬†I struggled a little bit to find the place (yes, with a map and compass! ūüôā ), but it was a beautiful walk there.

Musèe Picasso

My knowledge of Pablo Picasso was quite limited (it still is) but I was impressed with the great variety of his works.

Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) was born in Spain but spent most of his adult life in France. He is known for his paintings, drawings, sculptures, printmaking, ceramics, stage design and writing.

The “h√ītel particulier” where his works were held was beautiful (and this was before the five year renovations before it reopened in 2014). According to Wikipedia¬†it was built¬†between 1656 and 1659 for Pierre Aubert, a¬†tax farmer who became rich collecting the gabelle or salt tax (the name of the building means “salted”). The architect was Jean Boullier from Bourges, also known as Boullier de Bourges.

Picasso museum. Paris

There was a big variety of sculptures and art to be seen.Picasso museum. Paris

Picasso museum. Paris

Musèe Cognacq Jay

My next stop was Musèe Cognacq Jay. It contained art and decorative items with the emphasis on 18th century France collected by Théodore-Ernest Cognacq and his wife Marie-Louise Jay.

It was very small and I was the only visitor at that time, but I enjoyed the experience there as well. The photos I took there were all a bit blurry.

Musèe Carnavalet

After that I went to Musèe Carnavalet, dedicated to the history of Paris. It is also a bit hidden behind high gates, but with the most beautiful garden in front.

Carnavalet museum. Paris Carnavalet museum. Paris

Place des Vosges

I made good use of the compass and went to Place des Vosges next. It was a big, squared park with statues and benches to sit down.

Place des Vosges. Paris Place des Vosges. Paris

Pompidou Centre

The last place I visited on my own that day was Pompidou Centre. The place was huge, open and modern. I bought some souvenirs there.

Pompidou Centre. Paris

Walking in Paris

I enjoyed walking around in Paris… being surrounded by so many big, beautiful buildings. There is so much culture and history in the place it made me feel small. It was such a privilege to see all the beautiful places.

Paris Opera house. Paris

We went to the Notre Dame but we didn’t want to stand in the long queue, so it remained on our to-do list.

Do you like travelling? Do you travel alone or prefer it with someone?

Join me next week when I will tell you the surprise (it was a planned surprise) I had the Friday.

Join me as I explore some more museums in Paris... Picasso, Carnavalet, Cognacq Jay and Place des Vosges -
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