This château has two significantly inspired events. One was the tragic downfall of Fouquet, a minister who paid the price of life imprisonment because King Louis XIV was jealous of his beautiful château. And under the influence of Fouquet, Vaux-le-Vicomte became a haven for French artists, writers and sculptors who gave their all for the glory of the residence. Check the website for information on the different visits. There is a candlelight visit that is going to be apt for all the lovebirds. Hours vary throughout the year and you can buy passes for more than one day; see the website or call for more information.
Musée de la Grande Guerre du Pays de Meaux takes you a systematic journey through some of the key events from world war one. With a good collection of arms and ammunition used by both sides, this museum showcases some spine-chilling accounts and facts of the war. Among its collection are also a number of tanks, aircraft and other vehicles, along with miniature battlefield reconstructions, uniforms and medals.
Artist Nélie Jacquemart gave up her brushes after her marriage to Edouard André. Her passion for art however, continued to blossom, fired by her equally enthusiastic husband who commissioned the building of this elegant house in 1869. During their travels across Europe, they collected artifacts, paintings and contemporary treasures. Upon her death, Jacquemart entrusted the entire collection to the Institut de France, who opened a museum at the former residence. Most of the works exhibited date back to the Italian Renaissance but there are also examples of the Flemish and French schools from the 17th and 18th Centuries. Frescoes, delicate pieces of furniture and tapestries are worth the visit. Works by famous artists, such as Rembrandt, Donatello and Fragonard, are also on display.
Hôtel Biron, which now houses Musée Rodin is where Auguste Rodin spent the last years of his life, from 1908 to 1917. Since then, his superb sculptures and private art collection have been housed here. There are a number of sculptures in the garden, including his best-known piece, the Thinker. Trees provide welcome shade and the benches placed beneath make these peaceful surroundings the perfect spot for meditation and relaxation. Visitors can also buy a museum passport to visit both the Musée Rodin and Musée d'Orsay on the same day for a reduced ticket price.
Born in Spain, Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) settled in France after fleeing from Franco's régime. Even though he rarely returned to his native country, most of his paintings reflect his Andalusian origins. On the painter's death, his descendants left many of his works to the French state to pay for death duties. It is partly thanks to these works that the museum was founded in the Hôtel Salé, originally designed by the architect Jean Boullier in 1656 for Aubert Fontenay, a collector specializing in the salt tax. Inside the museum, visitors follow the style changes of the great master and admire the creations from his blue, pink and cubist periods.
All visitors to Paris should come to the Carnavalet Museum, which reveals the secrets of the City of Light from prehistoric times to today. Set up in two contiguous townhouses (the Hôtel Carnavalet was built in 1545 and the Hôtel Le Peletier in the 17th Century), you need a whole afternoon to see everything. Retrace the history of Paris through a plethora of sculptures, paintings and pieces of furniture. The rooms are decorated to evoke different periods, follow the evolution of furniture from the reign of Henri IV to the beginnings of the 20th Century.
This is your time to live life through the eyes of a fish. Sea Life center takes a journey through the river Seine, then to the deep Atlantic, and beyond to the Caribbean. What you encounter along the way, is magical - thousands of amazing freshwater and sea creatures including sharks, rays and giant skate in two spectacular ocean displays; you can even attend talks and the feeding demonstrations. But if you have something against creatures with tentacles, then this is definitely not the place for you.
This Gothic style college that was built in the 12th century, is one of the beautiful churches in the city. The architecture of Collégiale Notre-Dame-de-l'Assomption is stunning and regarded as one of the most significant structures in the history of Crecy-la-chapelle. The space is also available for private events. Call ahead for detailed information.
Located in the picturesque commune of Bussy Saint-Martin, Parc Culturel de Rentilly has plenty to offer to its neighboring residents. While a chateau occupies a major part of the property, the landscaped gardens surrounding it offer plenty of tranquil spaces to visitors. The culturally inclined will love the regular exhibits on display in the chateau, while kids can enjoy the occasional live performances held here. If you're lucky, you might just see a deer peeping from behind the bushes.
A long and intricate maze of ornamental hedges leads up to this elegant chateau, built at the turn of the 18th century. Situated on over 200 acres on the Marne River, it has been home to a variety of notable residents over the years including the famous mistress of King Louis XV, Madame de Pompadour. In 1935, the property was taken over by the French government and played host to distinguished foreign guests until 1974 when it was opened to the public. Guided, audio, and self tours are available.