I can’t claim to have visited every Parisian attraction! but all of the following I really enjoyed.
Musée Marmottan Monet
- This museum dedicated to the Impressionist painter has the biggest collection of his work in the world – more than 300 pieces! The building, once a hunting lodge, and much of the collection was donated by Paul Marmottan in 1932. I am a huge fan of Impressionism and Monet in particular so this place was a real gem for me.
- Some of my favourite pictures at this museum are ‘La Plage à Pouville, Soleil Couchant’, ‘Le Pont Japonais’ and all the ‘Nymphéas’ or water lily paintings. The most famous of Monet’s paintings in this museum is ‘Impression, Soleil Levant’ which is also stunning. Painted at Le Havre it shows a sunrise over the port with a very vibrant orange sun. There are also many of drawings of Monet’s taken from his earlier work – some of these are quite funny!
- The museum also contains work by other Impressionist painters such as Berthe Morisot and Camille Pisarro.
- The museum is found in Rue Louis Boilly in the 16th arrondissement, close to the Bois du Boulogne. La Muette is the nearest metro station. The museum is closed on Mondays and entry is €11. More information can be found on the website.
- This is a historical museum dedicated to the life and work of Pierre and Marie Curie who jointly won the Nobel Prize for their work in discovering the radioactive elements, polonium and radium.
- The museum was formerly Curie’s laboratory and office and these rooms can still be viewed behind glass partitioning as they were when she worked here from 1914-1934.
- It includes examples of laboratory equipment used in her lab, ledgers of experiments and laboratory supplies written in Marie’s hand and information about radium and its historical and current uses.
- The museum is located in the 5th arrondissement on rue Pierre et Marie Curie. Admission is free but it is only open Wednesday to Saturday between 1 and 5 pm.
- More information can be found on the websites: Musee Curie and Institut Curie.
Jardin du Luxembourg
This 23 hectare park is located in the 6th arrondissement, near the Latin Quarter, and is known for beautiful lawns, promenades, ponds and the Medici Fountain. The French Senate still meets in the Luxembourg Palace.
This Catholic basilica is located on Montmartre, a steep hill overlooking Paris.