Living in London has limitless perks (proud Londoner blogging), but, undeniably, one of the main ones is that Paris is only a short Eurostar away! So, if you haven’t multiple times already, book a ticket and enjoy a weekend in the city of lights. There are an abundance of museums and masterpieces; the queues are long and the rooms are crowded, so we thought we would give you our list of cultural alternatives to the big museums in Paris:
One of the most beautiful spaces I have ever been in my life. This medieval Gothic Chapel was made by King Louis IX to house the crown of thorns. He wanted to impress influential guests with it’s beauty, as part of his quest to cement Paris as the Capital of Christendom. You have to book in advance but it is well worth it and, if you feel like a real treat, see one of the concerts the hold in the upper chapel.
Could be called the french Wallace Collection. This magnificent mansion was made in 1875 for avid collector Edouard Andre. It has a fabulous Italian section with works by Donatello, Perugino, Botticelli and Ucello. When the BogeArt team last went they had the ‘Watteau to Fragnard’ exhibition on; pretty architecture and pretty Rococo paintings on a pretty day in Paris- perfection. To top it all of the in-house cafe is a beautiful spot that epitomises 19th century Parisian elegance.
-Street Art Tour
Paris has its own very distinctive street art/graffiti scene. It’s aesthetics’s are more traditionally pleasing than much of what London has to offer. Start your tour by looking at the track side works on your Eurostar journey, and if you like what you see check out a walking tour:
Ok, this is quite a large museum, but not as many people know about it as you would expect, and it really is a tranquil haven in the middle of the busy city. It is a gorgeous house, with a gorgeous garden and gorgeous sculptures- a wonderful way to spend an afternoon!
-Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
We stumbled across this curious place whilst walking around Le Marais on Sunday (when many museums are free). Its not very big, so it is easy to fit into your schedule and there are plenty trendy galleries in the area. This quirky place is a museum of hunting and nature with copious amounts of taxidermy. They are really inventive when it comes to the curation of the stuffed animals- one room has a ceiling made of owl heads and feathers.
-Au Lapin Agile
The famous cabaret club that was a popular haunt for struggling artists and writers at the turn of the century. The ‘Moulin Rouge’, if you will, for Picasso, Modigliani, Utrillo to name a few. You can still go for a drink and see a performance of song, dance and/or comedy- a nice change from the euro-trash clubs.
The elegant 17th century building currently being revenerated, we cannot wait to see the new museum when it’s finished. Especially since it houses over 5000 Picasso pieces in it’s collection.
BogeArt did a review of the studio a couple of posts back. Its right next to the Pompidou so you can kill two birds with one stone!
For those in the know, this multidisciplinary arts centre and cinema is a great place to spend an evening. It has a restaurant, poetry nights, regular debates, music concerts and lets not forget all the beautiful arty people.
-Musee de l’Orangerie
Not many people know that this is where Monet’s waterlilies are shown. A small classical building in the corner of the Tuileries gardens also has a great selection of impressionist, post-impressionist and fauvist paintings. It should not be missed, you will be surprised at how many pieces you recognise.
BogeArt; Isabella Bornholt