A hidden treasure in the Marais: the Cognacq-jay museum
One of my B&B owners has just introduced me to a very secret and charming museum in Paris located in the heart of the Marais only one block away from the Picasso Museum and nevertheless off the beaten track and hardly ever visited: the Cognacq-Jay Museum. This Museum is specialized in the 18th Century and shelters a lot of beautiful works made by famous French painters such as Boucher, Fragonard, Greuze, or Italian ones: Canaletto, Guardi, … The entrance is free and the collections are exhibited in a superb ‘Hôtel Particulier’ of the Marais area, the Hôtel Donon: Two more reasons to visit the Cognacq-Jay Museum!
Last summer the BHV opened its doors after two years of important renovation work with a new name : Le BHV Marais. I have been there to check whether this was only a change in the name or a real transformation. And I could hardly believe it ! In my opinion the BHV used to be the most dusty and old fashioned department store in Paris since the closing down of the Samaritaine (that happened ten years ago). And it is now the most colourful, the most trendy, … in a word the most Parisian of all departments stores in Paris.