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The Orangerie Museum in Paris, Episode 136

The Orangerie Museum in Paris, Go or Skip?


Couple visiting a museum black and white photo, Orangerie Museum

The Orangerie Museum in Paris is not one of the major museums that everybody feels like they need to visit, the question is: should you go see it or is it one of those you can skip?

If you like this episode, you should also check out Episode 102 about the Rodin Museum because it is also  a small museum that doesn’t take hours to see, yet offers amazing world-famous pieces that will blow you mind and introduce you to artists  who revolutionized their fields.

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Orangerie Museum Episode Highlights

  • The Orangerie Museum Building [6’11”]
  • What’s an Orangerie Anyway? [8’30’]
  • Monet’s influence [10’40”]
  • How Monet Took Advantage of His Bad Eyes to His Creative Advantage [11:50]
  • Why you must look at Monet’s Paintings Up-Close and then at a Distance [13′]
  • A Space for Meditation [14’12”]
  • What else is there? [19′]
  • Giverny [23’47”]
  • Marmotan Museum in Paris [27’26”]
  • Annie and Elyse talk about the Inaugural Paris Tour [37′]
  • Conclusion: the Orangerie Museum is a lovely place to visit. If you happen to be at the Louvre, you can easily walk through the Tuileries Gardens to go to the Orangerie. Even if you don’t have the time to do that, we recommend taking that short walk through the gardens because it is gorgeous and there are a lot of places you can sit and rest or sit and picnic or simply watch the world go by.

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Paris with Children, Episode 129

Paris with Children


Paris with children, Alex and her family

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A lot of people wonder, should I even take my kids to Paris? Will they get anything out of it? Alex Dionne and her husband decided to bring the kids and they were pleasantly surprised how child-friendly Paris is.  Alex shares that when the kids are old enough and like to experience new things, you can make wonderful memories in Paris as a family, including some places that are totally off the beaten track. Thanks for the great photos Alex and family!

Air b&b  Recommended in this Episode: Rosier 5 étoiles

Places Mentioned in this Episode: Behind the scenes tour at the Eiffel Tower, Centre Georges Pompidou, Musée des Arts et Métiers, Musée des Arts Forains, Musée du Quai Branly, Parc de Bercy, Museum of Hunting and Natures, Paul Klee Exhibit, Place des Vosges, Promenade Plantée, Rosier-Joseph Migneret Garden, Sunday Bird Market behind Notre Dame, the Louvre


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Paris Sewer, Episode 125

The Paris Sewer


Paris Sewer sign at the entranceToday Brenda and Annie discuss our visit he Paris sewer or “Égouts de Paris”. Oh, my, what a place! You have to know that when you visit the Paris sewer, you are actually in the sewer, this is not a reproduction or a show-room. Once inside, you are walking over actual sewer lines and you get the full effect, smell and sight and all. How much does the Paris sewer really stink? Should you go or should you pass? Find out in today’s episode.

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Places Mentioned in this Episode: the Paris sewer or Égouts de Paris

To Prepare for your visit of the sewer: Paris Sewers and Sewermen: Realities and Representations


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Wine Museum in Paris, Episode 124

The Wine Museum in Paris


Is the Wine Museum in Paris a must-see? The Musée du Vin is located near the Eiffel Tower and if you are interested in wine you may want to stop by and take a look around. Or should you skip it? Brenda takes us along and lets us know what she thought so you can see for yourself!

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Places Mentioned in this Episode: Musée du Vin, Paris Wine Museum.
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The Rodin Museum in Paris, Episode 102

Rodin Museum Paris photo Yann Caradec
Rodin Museum Paris photo Yann Caradec


The Rodin Museum in Paris

Rodin is the sculptor who brought us the Thinker, the Gates of Hell, the Kiss, and the Burghers of Calais. A museum dedicated to his work re-opened early 2016 in the 7th arrondissement in Paris and showcases his best and most famous works as well as many pieces you may have never heard of but will astound you with the emotions they will bring out in you. In this episode Elyse describes why this museum is so important and why both Elyse and Annie recommend that you go visit it next time you’re in Paris.


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The Curie Museum in Paris, Episode 79

The Curie Museum in Paris, Episode 79

Marie Curie and atom RA

A few years back I wanted to visit the Curie Museum in Paris and it was closed for renovations. It reopened in 2012, but I didn’t have a chance to see it until 2015, but this one was worth the proverbial wait. It’ s a small museum: even if you carefully look at every display, it will only take an hour or two.

There won’t be throngs of people clotting around the Mona Lisa, you’ll be able to look at everything without being rushed. And, in keeping with the Curie spirit,  admission is free, but you must go Wed-Sat from 1 PM until 5 PM.  Squeeze it in, it’s worth it!

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Episode Highlights

  • Marie’s youth
  • How she met Pierre
  • Two elements and one baby in the same year
  • The medical uses of radium
  • An odd courtship
  • The radioactivity puzzle
  • 1903, a hard year for the Curie family
  • Radioactivity gets into everything!
  • Pierre voluntarily exposes himself to radium
  • “Nul n’est prophète en son pays” (you can’t be a prophet in your own village)
  • In science we must be interested in things, not in persons
  • Pierre dies on rue Dauphine
  • Marie gets offered his chair at the Sorbonne
  • End of life

To Prepare for Your Trip: Madame Curie: A Biography

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Curie Museum in ParisIn this episode I give you the background information you’ll want to know before you go so you can appreciate what she was all about. Nobody can do justice to a great family in the span of a short podcast, but I shall try.

 

Curie Museum in ParisDiscrimination Against Women as Seen in Marie Curie’s Life

  • She could not enroll in the university in Poland, she had to expatriate herself in order to study
  • Everyone assumed she was her husband’s assistant
  • Her husband Pierre is the one that made sure she got recognition
  • She didn’t have a chance to teach at the Sorbonne until her husband died
  • The nomination for her first Nobel Prize did not initially include Marie’s name!
  • In a science team that included both men and women, everyone used to assume the men did all the work
  • Marie Curie could not present her findings at the French Academy of Sciences because, being a woman, she couldn’t be a member of the Academy of Sciences
  • The Curie Museum in Paris is lovely, but it’s tiny. There are old-dead generals with more recognition than she gets in Paris, and that is outrageous!
  • No use of the first person in formal papers which makes it difficult to decide who did what

Curie Museum in Paris

  • Marie Curie was not only hard-working, she was brilliant as well
  • Albert Einstein said “Marie Curie is, of all beings, the only one whom fame has not corrupted”

And finally, this is the standard response people received when they requested an autograph picture:

Curie Museum in Paris
Madame Curie does not wish to sign autographs or sign pictures; she asks for your indulgence.

Official website for the Curie Museum in Paris