The Gustave Moreau Museum reopened last January after one year of renovation. It is really a unique museum in Paris as it is the house of the artist converted into a museum by the artist himself. It has an amazing charm, the charm of the ‘Belle Epoque’. When you visit such a museum you can really imagine how the painter and his family used to live. But the most impressive is the great number of works exhibited in the house: Can you believe that there are 25,000 paintings in the whole house? And that among them 15,000 were made by Gustave Moreau (1826-1898) himself? Let’s discover them while visiting the four-storey house.
The garden for plants and trees in Paris
If you are currently in Paris it is time to go for a walk in the Jardin des Plantes. This garden is one of the world’s foremost botanical gardens and it offers the widest variety of flowers, plants and trees which can be admired in Paris. And this week… the Japanese cherry trees are in bloom! Once it has started the cherry blossom only last a couple of days. So do not miss it if you can: It is so beautiful! And if one petal falls on you, you will be lucky within the next year!
After the Metro station Arts et Métiers last month, let’s discover another gem of the Parisian underground life: Cluny La Sorbonne, on line 10, in fifth arrondissement of Paris.
This metro station had opened for the first time in 1930 but closed nine years later as there were too many stations in the same area. Nevertheless it reopened in 1988 to connect with RER B line after the creation of a new hub around Saint Michel. This station is unusual as it does not have two but three tracks : the central track is inaccessible to travellers and was built to connect with metro line 4.
But the most impressive is the ceiling of the station! It is decorated with two beautiful mosaic giant birds and with the reproduction of the autographs of famous French authors, scientists, statesmen who used to spend time in the Latin Quarter : Pascal, Rabelais, Molière, … Those mosaic signatures are really amazing and while waiting for the train one can try to guess which famous person lies behind each of them. The whole decor was made in 1988 by the French artist Jean Bazaine.
Back to earth : the Musée de Cluny near the metro way out, is one of the most fascinating museums in Paris for both its architecture and collections. Do not miss the Roman baths and the famous ‘dame à la Licorne’ tapestries!
Practical information : Website of the RATP
Christine Bokobza – Good Morning Paris B&B – www.goodmorningparis.fr