Victoria here, doing a few web searches on what I want to see on my upcoming trip to Paris and cruise on the Seine.
I saw an article in the NY Times a while ago about a fascinating small museum called Musée Gustave Moreau (to read it click here). We will try to find that one too.
I am hoping to take a day to go to Josephine’s Malmaison, just on the edge of the city. She is such an interesting character, and I am fascinated by her life. I have read — and believe — she was able, in the midst of all the French-British wars, to receive her beautiful English roses for her garden. Both sides of the Channel apparently would do anything for her!
There is a very amusing irony in the love of the British for all things French. And in the fascination of the French with all things British. Even after decades of war and managing to defeat Napoleon, the Prince Regent (later George IV) accumulated all sorts of furniture, decorative arts, paintings and sculpture from France. Tours of Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace clearly indicate the royal preferences for the styles of Louis XIV, XV, and even XVI.
Which makes me think of Versailles. It’s on our schedule — I was there once, but spent almost all my time inside. This visit I intend to emphasize the gardens.
Attendez! Wait! We’ll be in Paris. Why go anyplace other than a café? A bit of people watching and a glass of Sauvignon Blanc? Parfait!! Merci beaucoup. Plenty of cafes for a different one every day.