Wednesday, November 19, 2014

An Afternoon at the Musée Nissim de Camondo


Another friend is off to Paris next month. Lucky girl! We're getting together for lunch to talk travel tips and musts. One suggestion that always tops the list is to take a break from the crowds in front of the Mona Lisa and the lines at the D'Orsay to check out some of the city's smaller museums.


There are more than 70 museums in the City of Light, so there's always one you haven't visited yet. A favorite is the Musée de Nissim Camondo, an elegant private home from the early 20th century located next to the Parc Monceau.


Modeled after the Petit Trianon and built to hold the private collection of Parisian banker Count Moise de Camondo, the mansion's perfectly preserved architectural details are works of art in themselves. The count's will stipulated that the house be left exactly as it was, so in the midst all the splendor, there is the sense you've wandered into a wealthy family home in early years of the 20th century.







There's a sweeping staircase, stunning works of art and 18th century furniture, a room full Sévres porcelain and a collection of blue and white that is worth a post of it's own.


If you could spend the afternoon today in any Paris museum, which would you choose? One of the biggies or a petit bijoux?

Have a beautiful Wednesday! XOXO

22 comments:

  1. What a fantastic post. I couldn't agree with you more that the smaller museums are often my favorites in Paris. And while this particular museum would probably be my choice on most days, I think today would be a good one to sit and dream in front of the Les Nymphéas in L'Orangerie...

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    1. Thanks Heather! Oh, sitting and dreaming in front of Les Nymphéas at L'Orangerie sounds lovely - so soothing and beautiful. I'll meet you there! XOXO

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  2. Hi, I discovered your blog only recently and love your illustrations especially. I live in south west France and have visited Paris many times. My favourite museum is the Musée Carnavalet near the Place des Vosges. It is two grand parisian houses joined around a courtyard garden and filled with pieces illustrating the history of Paris. It is fascinating as well as beautiful and a side visit to Place des Vosges, considered by many the most beautiful Place in Paris is always worthwhile. I'm sure your friend with love her vacance.

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    1. Hi Kerrie, thanks so much for popping in! I'm glad you are enjoying the blog. How lucky you are to live in SW France and have Paris not too far away. I love the Carnavalet - there was the most wonderful fashion exhibit when I was there last called The Novel of the Wardrobe - it was definitely a highlight of my stay, although the wander around the Marais before and after was lovely, too.

      Thanks again for stopping by! XO

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  3. Total bliss Jeanne. What is it about FRANCE and Paris that makes my heart melt? The perfect combination of colors, gold, crystal and muted tones captures me every time. HAPPY WEDNESDAY!

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    1. Happy Wednesday to you, Anita! Yes, Paris is something to experience in the heart. Love the colors, too - especially at that time of day when the light has one last burst of intensity before fading into dusk. XO

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  4. As much of a gem as The Louvre is it is very overwhelming to take in all at once. I have only been to 5 or 6 museums (many more are on my list and your suggestion just shot straight to the top) It looks like getting to walk into a private fine Parisian residence, so beautiful! My favorite would have to be Musee d' Orsay, not so small but an incredible feast for every sense.
    These pictures have me craving a trip to this most beloved city....blogging conference perhaps? Could I twist your arm:)

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    1. Twist away, Tina! I actually thought of you when I was putting together this post - I know you would love this museum. Wait until you see the follow up post with just the blue and white!

      Happy Wednesday! XOXO

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  5. Jeanne,
    I think in your past life, you must have been Parisian! I have two sister-in-laws that live there and I always love visiting them and Paris. One of my favorite spots is a tiny church which my Mother-in-law told me about. It's our secret but if we ever get to go visit, I shall take you there. Not many tourists know about it and it is so charming.
    Your photos are simply amazing. You should create a book of all your amazing images and your artwork.
    pve

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    1. Patricia, I think you are right! I actually got a tingly feeling the first time I walked across the Place des Vosges that made me wonder...

      Your secret church sounds like a treasure and I would love to visit with you someday.

      Thanks so much for all you kind words about the photos - these were from first my day in Paris with a brand new camera that was a Christmas gift from my husband. I remember clicking away like crazy, learning to use my new toy. Fun to look back and see what I was able to capture. I would love to do a book of photos and illustrations!

      Happy Wednesday! XOXO

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  6. I have NEVER been here..........tis a MUST for me NOW!!!

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  7. Bonjour Jeanne. I was at Musée Camondo last week, it is my favorite museum in Paris. There is one special thing with this museum which is due to the tragedy lived by the Camondo family. Moïse de Camondo spent his life collecting the most beautiful pièces of furniture from the 18th century and his family was destroyed... I also enjoy visiting le Petit Palais (nice exhibition about Baccarat), Musée Gustave Moreau, Musée Maxim's (Art Nouveau)...

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  8. Oh definitely petit bijoux:) and next time this will be our first stop. GORGEOUS photos! I agree with Tina .. The Louvre is so overwhelming and I think my ADD kicks in and I can't focus;) Happy Wednesday (that logo in your last post is just adorable!) xxL

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  9. Jeanne I have traveled quite a bit in life, not to Paris yet though. I feel I will need a month there to see all there is that is an absolute must to visit. So many great museums in one metropolitan area!

    xoxo
    Karena
    The Arts by Karena

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  10. je vais prendre un petit bijou without a doubt! carnavalet ANY DAY, s'il vous plait. et camondo is going on the list certainement, mama! j'adore your photography, jeanne. la paix et l'amour.

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  11. I didn't even know of this beautiful, splendid place, Jeanne. How wonderful it must be. And, it will be on the "must see" list next year. I would be in heaven. xx's

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  12. Breath taking. I can't wait for the Blue and white only. Tremendous post Jeanne. You are so right! Petite Bijoux, for sure!.

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  13. This looks like a wonderful gem...and one I was not very familiar with...I am bookmarking this to add to my list! As always, your photos are stunning! Enjoy the rest of the week, Jeanne!! xoxo

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  14. Thanks for sharing this one, Jeanne! Adding it to my list. I love the Delacroix Museum in Saint Germain. It's one of my favorites. Cheers

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  15. Definitely small - so much charm in your wonderful images and I sometimes feel cold in the large museums - can't wait to see in person!!

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  16. I was very taken with the Rodin…but I think that is partially b/c my then 5 year old happily let me take his picture in front of the famous sculptures in the garden. So cute! I would love to visit this one when I am there next. I like the smaller museums. My oldest is hoping to spend a few weeks in France this summer and it would be great if I could "pick him up" in Paris!!!

    xoxo Elizabeth

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