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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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Episode 42 Centre Georges Pompidou


Pompidou Center Paris
Pompidou Center, photo Jean-Alexis AUFAUVRE

The Centre Georges Pompidou is one of Elyse’s favorite places in Paris, which may come as a surprise to our listeners because it’s not a visually attractive place by most people’s reckoning. What she loves about it is not only what’s inside of the museum, but also the environment and atmosphere of the place itself. Let’s see if she can sell it to us in this episode!
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The Louvre Museum, Episode 21

The Louvre Museum in Paris

Louvre Museum courtyard and pyramid
Photo Benh Lieu Song

Let us take you to the Louvre Museum to explore the best way to visit such a huge museum.  Largest number of visitors in the world? Check! Second biggest the world? Check! Stunningly gorgeous? Definitely!

It is true that you could spend a few months in the Louvre Museum looking at everything and still not see it all. But don’t let that intimidate you. We’ve got some tricks up our sleeves in this episode that will save you time and allow you to go to the art you have been longing to see.

If you enjoyed this episode, you should also listen to Episode 63 about doing a Treasure Hunt in the Louvre.

If you love our approach to travel and want to tour France with us, visit Addicted to France to look at upcoming tours.

Episode Highlights

  • Introduction: How did it get so big and famous?
  • Biggest in the world? Yes and no
  • The Louvre Museum as a building
  • Maps, Bathrooms, and Wheelchair Access
  • What If You Don’t Have Enough Time in Paris?
  • A Brief History of the Building
    • 1400s through the 1600s
    • Late 1600s
    • How the Louvre Became a Museum
    • Denis Diderot
    • French Revolution
    • Under Napoleon
  • Workshops
  • Collections
  • World War II
  • The most important wings
  • More on the collections
  • Annie’s complaint about the Mona Lisa
  • Get organized! This is how
  • The Pyramid by I.M.Pei
  • How to avoid the lines
  • How Much Time Should you Spend?
  • The Denon Wing
  • The Mona Lisa
  • The Carousel Shopping Mall and Louvre Entrance
    • Group entrance
  • Conclusion: don’t skip the Louvre, it is a marvelous experience! By checking out this podcast and preparing your visit, you are doing it right. Decide what art you’re most interested in ahead of time and make sure to see that. It is so big and has such rich collections, that we can say with certainty that there is a great find for everyone at the Louvre Museum!

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