Friday, October 28, 2011

Musée guimet

The Musee Guimet (or the "Musée National des Arts Asiatiques") was inaugurated in 1889, and built by Emile Guimet a French industrialist.
Nowadays, it's more focus on the Asian Art collection.

In 1991, "the Panthéon bouddhique", a museum located on one of the wing of the Museum Guimet, opened, it gathers all the original arts of Emile Guimet from his travel to China and Japan.

The Musée National des Arts Asiatiques is rich of Oriental Artwork collections, like sculptures, painting, masks, statues, porcelain, jewelry...
It presents arts from the South-East Asia, India, Tibet and Nepal, China, Japan, Korea, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Musée Guimet proposes workshops of Japanese and Chinese calligraphy, as well as other workshops of Asian culture. It has a large library dedicated to Asian Art and a temporary exhibition hall ( temporary exhibitions and occasionally contemporary works of art).

It's is located on the 16th arrondissement of Paris, you may take the Paris metro line 9, Iéna station.

The museum is open every day except on Tuesday and some public holidays (January 1, May 1, December 25, from 10am to 6pm.

It's free admission (permanent collections) for those under 18 years old, and 26 years old for European residents, as well as on the first Sunday of the month.
Also, you can use the Paris museum pass to visit the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques.

Musée Guimet map:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Musée des arts décoratifs

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris, in the Marsan aisle of the Palais du Louvre.

The museum shows a nice overview of the evolution of furniture, graphic arts, jewelry, glass, ceramics, upholstery, beds, lounges, sculpture...since the Middle Ages up to the present.

It opened in May 1905, and presents 6 000 objets to the public (among 150,000 design objects), and while strolling you can see ancient and modern pieces.

Here is a highchair from the sculptor Jean Dampt (1854-1945, it was built in 1897.

Chaise art nouveau (musée des arts décoratifs)
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The Musée des Arts Décoratifs also highlights several chairs from the past, with different designs and trends.
From the top floor, there are a wonderful view of Paris and the Jardin des Tuileries.

The museum is a national museum so the entrance is free for young under 18 years old (under 25 years old for the residents of EU) as well as free for everybody on the first Sunday of the month.
The opening hours are:
-From Tuesday to Sunday: 11am to 6pm
-On Thursday: until 9pm (only for temporary exhibitions)
-Closed on Monday

The Paris metro line 1 station Palais royal is the best way to reach the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Paris museum list

Above is a list of some Paris museums.

Paris houses several museums with different themes, some museum are local museums (under the responsibility of the City hall of the district in which they are located), some are national museums and the others are private institutions.

Some are free-admission museums, whereas for some you have to pay an entrance fee.

-National museums are free every first Sunday of the month. They are closed on Tuesdays and some holidays.
-The 14 museums depending on the different district of Paris are open every day except on Monday and public holidays
In the majority of them, the permanent collections are free-entrance, whereas there is a fee for the temporary collections for teens and adults above 13 years old.
The exception are the Catacombs, Crypte archéologique du parvis de Notre-Dame, Museum Galliera, a fee is required at the entrance (above 13 years old).

Paris museum list (1st-3rd-4th-5th-6th district of Paris)
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-Musée du Louvre
-Musée des Arts Décoratifs
-Musée de la Publicité
-Musée de l'Orangerie
-Musée des Arts et Métiers
-Musée Picasso
-Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature
-Musée Cognacq-Jay
-Musée national d'art moderne-Institut du Monde Arabe
-Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle
-Musée Zadkine
-Musée de la Monnaie

Paris museum list (7th-8th-9th-12th-14th district of Paris)
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-Musée du Quai Branly
-Musée de l'Armée
-Musée d'Orsay
-Musée Rodin
-Musée Cernuschi
-Musée Jacquemart-André
-Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais
-Palais de la Découverte
-Musée Grévin-Musée des Arts Forains-Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain

Paris museum list (15th-16th-18th-19th district of Paris)
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-Musée Bourdelle
-Musée Pasteur
-Musée Marmottan
-Musée National des Arts et Traditions Populaires
-Musée National des Arts Asiatiques Guimet
-Musée de Montmartre
-Espace Dali
-Halle Saint-Pierre
-Musée de la musique
-La Villette
-Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie
-Cité de la Musique

This Paris museum list is far from being exhaustive.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Paris park "Parc Montsouris"

History and description of the Paris park "Parc Montsouris"

Before being called, "Parc Montsouris" the place was occupied by the quarry of Montrouge.
The park was built under Napoleon III who wanted to create parks and gardens in the 4 cardinal points of Paris.
The baron Haussman was in charge of the works, with his team the engineers Alphand and Darcel as well as the horticulturist Barillet Deschamps (the same team who built the square des Batignolles, the parc des Buttes-Chaumont , the parc Monceau...).
Alphand designed the park which was inaugurated in 1878. The little mice that lived on the quay of the Bievre, at the foot of the mills, gave their name to the park (souris=mouse).

The Parc Montsouris has an area of 16ha.
It is also decorated with several sculptures made between 1878 and 1960 ("Mort du lion" par Edmond Desca (1929), "Premier frisson" de René Baucour (1921), "Thomas Paine " par S. Borglum (1934)...

The fauna and flora rich and diversified, with ducks, swans, nuthatches, tits, crows...cedar of Lebanon, ginkgo biloba, chinese parasol tree...the majority of the trees of the park, is more than 100 year-old.
The Paris park houses the meteorological observatory of Montsouris, and a 5m high dark stone obelisk with a large circular opening on the top.
Across the bridge (beyond the RER line), there are also an artificial lake of 1 ha.

Drame au désert (Drama in the desert)
Parc Montsouris
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Location of the Paris park "Parc Montsouris"

The park is located on the 14th arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the Park

To go to the Paris park, you can use the Paris rer B, station cité universitaire.

Entrance fee and opening hours

The park is a free-admission park, the opening hours are 8:00am on the week, and 9:00am on the weekend.
The closing hours depend on the season, around 5:30pm on the winter and 9:30pm on the summer.

Paris park "Parc Montsouris" map

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Paris park, Parc de Bercy

History and description Paris park "Parc de Bercy"

The Paris park "Parc de Bercy" is located on former wine warehouses (entrepôt de Bercy), this place was the largest mondial center of wine trade in the XIXth century.
The activities of the warehouse began to drop in the 20th century with the destruction of the fortifications of Thiers (1920-1929).

Today the park reaches an area of 14ha, one of the largest of Paris.
The Parc de Bercy is formed of 3 parts: the "Prairie", the "Parterres", and the "Jardin Romantique".
*The Prairie (the Meadows) is a large area with large trees.
*The Parterres (the flowerbeds) is dedicate to plants (a garden, an orchard, an orangery, a greenhouse, garden bulbs, a vineyard, a rose garden...).
The rose garden houses 100 hundred selection of roses.
*The Jardin romantique (Romantic Garden) is the most famous among the three, with 3 fishponds with ducks, pines, well, an island on a small lac (Maison du lac-Lake house)...
Near the exit, a small dune was constructed, it can be reached either by stairs or by a spiral path.

Location of the Parc de Bercy

The Parc de Bercy is located in the 12th district of Paris.

How to get to the Paris park

You can use the:
-Paris metro line 6 Bercy station
-Paris metro line 14 Bercy or Cour Saint-Émilion station.

Entrance fee and opening hours

The opening hours are 8am on the week, and 9am on the weekend.
It's a free-admission Paris park.

Paris park "Parc de Bercy" map


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Paris garden "Jardin de Reuilly"

History and description of the Paris garden "Jardin de Reuilly"

The "Jardin de Reuilly" is the largest Paris Garden of the 12th arrondissement, after the Bois de Vincennes and the Parc de Bercy.
The building ended in 1995, on the former classification yard of Reuilly, located in the district of Reuilly.
Today, the garden has an area of ​​15,200m² and is located in front of the town hall, avenue Daumesnil.

It's halfway on the route of the promenade plantée (on the wooden bridge above the Jardin de Reuilly).

A large semi-circular lawn (4,200m2), slightly hilly, forms the major part of the garden.
Many small theme gardens make it up: ferns, bamboos, roses, rhododendrons, euphorbia, heather ...

You can find also, several trees, a water mirror, a zone reserved for the natural flora, playgrounds for children, as well as 4 statues (3 of them are naked women).
Since september 2010, a fountain with sparkling water as well as tap water is offered freely to the public.

The Jardin de Reuilly is also one of the four greenspace located on the route of the Promenade Plantée, with the square Hector-Malot, the Jardin de la gare de Reuilly and the Square Charles-Péguy).

Location of the Paris garden

It's located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, in front of the town hall.

How to get to the Jardin de Reuilly

You can use the Paris metro line:
-Paris metro line 6 Dugommier station.
-Paris metro line 8 Montgallet station.

Paris garden "Jardin de Reuilly" map

Monday, October 3, 2011

Paris park, Parc Kellermann

History and description of the Paris garden "Parc Kellermann"

The Paris garden "Parc Kellermann" is the largest garden in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, its area equals 5.6 ha.
The garden was built on a portion of the old fortifications of Thiers that stretched over nearly 33 kms (20.5 miles).
This typical Paris garden of the 30s, located between the "boulevard Kellermann" and the "boulevard périphérique", was built in 1937 and refurbished in 1960.
It has 3 levels with a river, a pound and waterfall, and two stairways which lead to the terrace.
The garden has also several playgrounds, a soccer (football) field and tennis courts.

Location of the Parc Kellermann

The Park Kellermann is located in the 13th arrondissement of Paris

How to get to the Paris garden

To go to the park, you can use the Paris metro line 7 Porte d'Italie station.

Entrance fee and opening hours

The park opens at 8:00am on the week, and 9:00am on the weekend.
Its closing hours depend on the season. It's a free admission garden.

Paris garden "Parc Kellermann" map

Square Saint-Lambert, Paris park

History and description of the Paris park "Square Saint-Lambert"

The Square Saint-Lambert was built in 1933, on the site of the former gas factories of Vaugirard. Those factories was stretch on an area of 6 ha.
The Square Saint-Lambert, the buildings around the Paris park, and the Camille See high school replaced the plant.

Today, the square has an area of 2ha (20 745 m²), with two large lawns surrounding a pond with fountains.

Deux cubs (Victor Reter-1928):

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Dog (René Paris-1928):

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A bas-relief (Auguste Guénot en 1939)

Location of the Square Saint-Lambert

The square is located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the Paris park

To go to the square, you can use the Paris metro line 8 Commerce station

Paris park "Square Saint-Lambert" map

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Paris garden, Jardin Atlantique

History and description of the Paris garden "Jardin Atlantique"

The Jardin Atlantique is a Paris garden built above the railways station of Paris- Montparnasse.
The hanging garden, unusual and futuristic, was built in 1994 with an area of 3.4ha (34 200 m²). It's surrounding by buildings.

The Garden is built on the theme of ocean (waves wavy, masts, floating ...), with a playground focus on this theme as well as the central lawn.
In the central lawn, there are two rows of trees, from countries located both sides of the Atlantic.

In the center, there is the fountain of "l'île des Hespérides" dedicated to the sky.

The Paris garden houses also a fitness area, tennis courts, table tennis.
Facing the garden, there are the Memorial du Marechal Leclerc de Hauteclocque and the Museum Jean Moulin.

Jardin Atlantique from above
Credit photo:Slazebni

Location of the Jardin Atlantique

The Jardin is located in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.

How to get to the Paris garden

To go to the Paris garden you can go by the Paris metro line:
Line 4, line 6, line 12 or line 13- Montparnasse-Bienvenue station.
Line 13 -Montparnasse station or Gaîté station.

It's also the terminus of the bus 91.

Paris garden "Jardin Atlantique" map

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