Category Archives: Museums in France

The Pantheon in Paris, Episode 71

Pantheon-1474The Pantheon in Paris is a complicated building that started out as a Catholic Church dedicated to Sainte Geneviève, the Patron Saint of Paris, then under the French Revolution became a secular monument meant to honor French Revolutionaries, then grew to include famous authors, notable persons and patriots. It is the burial-place of French notables such as Victor Hugo, Voltaire, Louis Braille, Jean Jaurès, Marie Curie, and seventy-two more.

In this episode I give you some background on the Pantheon so you can decide if you’d like to visit it next time you’re in Paris. I also address some of the controversial topics having to do with the Pantheon. Why are there so few women in the Pantheon? Why were some people taken out of the Pantheon? What does it feel like visiting the Pantheon? Four new greats were introduced into the Pantheon in June 2015. Who are they?

I answer a listener question at the end of the show on how to get from CDG airport into Paris using public transportation. Instructions on how to get to the center of Paris from CDG Terminal 1, from CDG Terminal 2 Would love more questions, click here to ask your question!

RER B signAlso, for the first time today, the French Tip of the Week on how to ask for direction to the metro or RER in Paris.

Bonjour Monsieur, je cherche le métro. Pouvez-vous m’aider ?

Places mentioned on today’s show: Pantheon, Lycée Henri IV, Saint-Étienne-du-Mont Church, Jardins du Luxembourg, rue Souflot.

To prepare for your visit: Top 10 Paris

Triple dome of the Pantheon in Paris
Scale Model of the Triple Dome of the Pantheon in Paris
Pantheon in Paris Crypt
Pantheon in Paris Crypt
Pantheon in Paris Marie Curie
Pantheon in Paris Marie and Pierre Curie
Voltaire at the Pantheon in Paris
Voltaire at the Pantheon, a man whose wit I greatly appreciate.
Bust of Louis Braille at the Pantheon in Paris
Louis Braille who opened the doors of knowledge to blind people, and one of my personal heroes.

 

Chocolate Museum in Paris, Episode 70

chocolate museum in parisThe chocolate museum in Paris is not the only one you can visit in France (see Episode 47 for the one found in Bayonne), but in my opinion, if you can only visit one, this should be the one. Choco-story has something for everyone:

  • Children
  • Meso-America aficionados
  • Those who enjoy learning about the history of technology
  • Those who like pretty objects
  • And those, like me, who can’t wait to have their next bite of chocolate!

I wouldn’t say that this should be on everyone’s must-see list of Paris, but if you’ve visited Paris a few times and you’d like to see a museum that is easy to visit and enjoy, it’s a great choice. Let me hasten to say that I have no commercial relationship with this museum, I’m just sharing my opinion.

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Chocolate Museum in Paris
Playmobil display at children’s eye level

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Our Master Chocolatier

 

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Trying various kinds of chocolate
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Porcelain bonbonnières or candy box

Augustins and Abattoirs in Toulouse, Ep. 69

Augustins and Abattoirs in Toulouse
Musée des Augustins in Toulouse

Augustins and Abattoirs in Toulouse

Today Elyse tells us about two wonderful museums in Toulouse, the Augustin and the Abattoir Museums in Toulouse. These are two buildings that were re-purposed to be museums but they started out as a convent and a slaughter-house respectively. The Augustins was declared an art museum in 1793, which makes it the first museum open to the public anywhere in France, yes, even before the Louvre! How about that for a provincial city in the south-west of France? And, as a side benefit, it is also one the rare places in France where you can pet a gargoyle. We know you’ve always wanted to do that! The Abattoirs has a gruesome past, but it has been transformed into a peaceful place with a lovely garden near the Garonne River.

As you know, both Elyse and I live in Toulouse, so it’s a place that’s special to our hearts. If you’ve never seen Paris you must visit. But once you’ve seen Paris you really need to see Toulouse and go on a tour with Elyse!

To prepare your visit: Toulouse and Beyond Travel Guide

Places mentioned on the show this week: Musée des Augustins in Toulouse and Musée des Abattoirs in Toulouse.
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