The Ile Saint Louis is my favourite place in Paris where to go and walk when I need to relax and recharge my batteries. The Island is a mix of fine harmonious architecture and of magnificent views on both right and left banks and on the Seine. It offers a peaceful timeless atmosphere and contrasts a lot with its neighbour the Ile de la Cité which is much more crowded with people, cars and visitors.
I am used to enter the Island coming from the left bank, through the ‘Pont de la Tournelle’ which is recognizable by its 15 meters high column with a statue of Sainte Geneviève on top of it. I like to walk around the Ile Saint Louis on the ‘Quais’ before getting into it and strolling in its main street, the Rue Saint Louis en l’Ile.
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 Bourdelle Museum reopened on 6 March after several months of renovation. After visiting Mariola’s B&B near the metro station Falguière in Montparnasse area I went to the Bourdelle Museum on its reopening day. However I have been a little bit disappointed as some of the museum’s rooms were still closed. For that reason I recommend you to plan your visit from 1st April. Indeed on that date the temporary exhibition “Mannequin d’artiste, mannequin fétiche” is starting and the renovation should be ended and all the rooms reopened.