museums in paris that aren’t the louvre

  1. La Musée de la Chasse et de la NatureIMG_7598

Nestled amongst beautiful shops and famous falafel in the heart of Le Marais, La Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature is almost eerily quiet. The lesser-known museum offers a quiet respite from the bustling streets of the busy Marais, where one can explore the extravagant structure that is home to antique armament and taxidermy beasts of all shapes and kinds.

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2. La Musée RodinIMG_5477

The diverse and serene Musée Rodin is an immersive experience, delighting its visitors with a multitude of scenery. From the outdoor gardens featuring the super famous “Thinker” and “Gates of Hell” to the softer interior works elegantly showcased by stately wooden architecture, Musée Rodin offers the exquisite art of a world class museum without the selfie-stick-clad crowd armed and ready to ruin your day. Highly recommend!

*Pro Tip: Stop at Café Coutume for a spring toast and some caffeine, post-museum.

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3. Le Musée d’OrsayIMG_7618

Okay, so it’s not exactly a “hidden gem”, but this quiet(er) museum boasts an impressive collection of masterpieces from the likes of Degas, Monet, Matisse, Van Gogh, Lautrec, and Rodin, to name a few. Second only to the artwork, the beauty of the building itself-  an ornate old train station- is breathtaking. If you have time, get lost in the adjacent Musée de l’Orangerie, home to Monet’s epic waterlilies. It’s my number one must-see for the Paris traveler who is “not a museum person”. Must see!

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a day at d’orsay

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Today Tegan and I took a (rather long) bus ride to the 7th Arrondissement to visit le Musée d’Orsay, one of Paris’ best art museums, in my opinion.  Constructed in an old train station across from the Louvre, Musée d’Orsay is home to an impressive number of extremely famous and breathtaking works of art, by the likes of Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh, Manet, Cézzane, Degas, and the list goes on.  Standing in front of original masterpieces like this and this really makes you think about just how long this world has been existing, and how much things change throughout time.  It also makes you realize how eternal the true masterpieces of the art world are.  When something brilliant is created by a truly talented artist, it has the ability to transcend time (<<the main reason I’m envious of anyone who knows their way around a set of paintbrushes!).  Ballet, although an art form that has certainly stood the test of time, is more properly defined as a fleeting moment onstage, the real essence of which is impossible to capture or frame and hang on the wall of a famous museum somewhere.  Visual art, on the other hand, and paintings specifically, attempts to do just that which ballet cannot; It brings life and movement and feeling to a 2D surface which would otherwise be nothing more than woven canvas and oil stains.  This, as one could imagine, is next to impossible…only the true geniuses are successful.  But their hard work is rewarded with the best prize fathomable by human: a lasting legacy.

In other news, how cute is this little buggy decorating my knife at brunch this morning?  I couldn’t resist whipping out my camera and snapping a picture…DSC01499

Time to head to Oberkampf for some hipster interaction and wine drinking!  Bon soirée!

a good day.

When you wake up in crisp, brand new white sheets and new fluffy pillows to the sound of rain outside your open windows after sleeping in until 10, you know it’s going to be a good day.

I decided to make the most of this positive omen by heading to the RISD art museum downtown with Tegan.  We parked right outside the front entrance.  This simply does not happen in downtown providence.  Ever.  Guess what happened then?  The roomie and I flashed our snazzy unlaminated Providence College id’s, and we got in FO. FREE.  I know, I know, it was awesome.  We checked out some cool contemporary installations and hung out with the giant Buddah before leaving to check out the new Teas & Javas cafe in Wayland Square.  The ultra-hip lounge is a coffee shop/bar hybrid, as well as a hotspot for 95% of Providence’s hipster population (cute bike-riding boys with cuffed jeans and nice hair? bonus!).  It was opened in conjunction with Wayland Square’s Alex and Ani store and is owned by the husband of the jewelry line’s designer.  On our way back to the car, we noticed our favorite home goods store, Butterfield was having a sale!  So we picked up this adorable little white heart bowl (for $8!) and I scored this pretty floral makeup bag (for $11!), which I can’t wait to pack up with toiletries and take to Nantucket Island next weekend!  Yep, I said it, Nantucket Island next weekend!!! (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)  On that excited note, I better get back to my informative speech-writing…ugh this public speaking class is wearing on me.  Happy Sunday, chickens!