Museums

Meaux, A brie(f) half hour from Paris

You know the typical vacation questions “Got the tee-shirt” or “Got the postcard”!? Well I can say, “Got the Brie (de Meaux)”! Brie de Meaux cheese that is. Meaux is a a 25-minute train ride from Paris.Meaux, A brie(f) half hour from Paris.
One hot August mid-afternoon I took a direct “P” train from Gare de l’Est to Meaux. Many of the Meldois (local residents) within the Gallo-Roman walls had left on vacation. I followed Annabel Simms‘s exact directions ….

A Century of Working Women-3 Paris Exhibits

2 posters for Qui a Peur des femmes photographes and Splendeurs et Misères

Constrained by social norms or cultural tradition, women working outside the home in the mid to late 1800s walked a fine line when wanting to earn a living. Three Paris exhibitions follow the working life of women for almost a century from 1839 to 1945. All three are exploring subjects assembled for the first time. “Qui a peur des femmes photographes” (until January 24, 2016) is the first gender-based exhibition in France and “Splendeurs et Misères, Images de la prostitution 1850-1910” (until January 17, 2016) “Splendeurs…” is the first time a museum is dedicating an entire exhibition to prostitution. Within this article you will find a synopsis of the three exhibits, links to YouTube videos with English subtitles, download links to publications in English, books in English available and visiting information.

Le Car Rapide at Musée de l’Homme

"car rapide" Bonne Mère located now in the Musée de l'Homme

We are heading to Senegal in December. A restored version of the famous “car rapide” (Sengalese express bus) the Musée de l’Homme was a natural source for our visual information on Saint-Louis and Dakar city transportation. The “Bonne Mère” was waiting for us on the second floor. We will have no problem recognizing the bus. The colorful paintings of popular art blend and illustrate the country’s Islam and Animiste cultures ….

Un Picasso – Play at Theatre de Nesle

Paris is a small world. On an art tour in the morning and someone hands me a flyer about the play, “Un Picasso (A Picasso)”. That evening, attending a vernissage, I am now speaking with one of the directors of the play. Performances are at the Theatre de Nesle from October 22 to November 15 in French or in English, depending on the night of the show…..

Treasure Hunt at Musée d’Orsay

Colleen earning an extra 50 points imitating the sculpture, although backwards

We sat under the lion statue at the Musée d’Orsay counting up our scores: four teams. The four teams: a mother and daughter (12); three teenagers; the aunt and uncle; and two retired flight attendants. The post-hunt questions: “Did you ever find that chair?”, “Where did you find Sarah Bernhadt?”, “Did you see “The Voyager” statue?, “Wasn’t it a fun way to see a museum?” Daisy de Plume scores a winner again with another hour and a half treasure hunt adventure. THATd’Or (Treasure hunt at the d’Orsay) is the newest addition