PARIS: a city of a thousands of museums.

Posted by Julie Stafford on

My travels have taken me through France, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Greece, Turkey, Sardinia, Spain, Portugal, Caribbean, USA, New Caledonia, United Arab Emirates, Canada and Alaska.

All these destinations would be worth talking about for pages and pages, but I'm going to start at the cultural capital of them all, Paris, because -

There are museums that take your breath away, like the Louvre of course, and then there is the Musée Grévin with more than 250 celebrities sculpted and moulded in wax and resin. You can take pictures with any stars like Charlie Chaplin or Barack Obama. There is irony in the contrast.

You can  visit a place a marvel, of 20th century architecture at the Centre Pompidou - which houses works by renowned artists and is divided into two spaces. The first space presents the modern period with Picasso or Matisse and the second space presents the contemporary period with Niki de Saint Phall or Anish Kapoor. In addition, you can enjoy a panoramic view of central Paris from the top floor.

To discover a little bit of French literature and especially the author Victor Hugo, you can have the chance to visit his house with its furniture, souvenirs and an amazing interior decoration. You then enter the private life of this famous writer. Or, do what  I often do, pause for coffee at Victor Hugo Cafe in Place des Voges and dream of the days when Victor Hugo might have done the same as he penned something profound. 

For lovers of more classical art and painting, visit the Musée d'Orsay with its rich collection of impressionist art and all the artistic creation of the Western world. You can enjoy all forms of expression, including painting, sculpture, decorative arts and photography. It;s a step back in time worth taking.

But truly, the emblematic museum of this city is of course the Louvre Museum. It houses works from all the ancient civilizations of the East, Egypt, Greece, etc. But also masterpieces of art such as the Mona Lisa, The Raft of the Medusa, the Venus de Milo and many more. A total of 35,000 works, enough to fill your eyes and leave your mind in a whirl! You will need a lifetime to fully absorb all that is presented at this museum.

And then, for women, there is soft, silky, lacy lingerie in exquisite boutiques, seemingly on ever street corner candidly positioned beside handmade chocolate shops with chocolates the likes you have never tasted. All this, and glorious wines and cheeses that live in your memory long after your departure.

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