Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Paris in July: My Favorite Place in Paris (No, It's Not What You Think)

It's the first place I visited in Paris. 

That's probably why I love it so much.

We went there the first day on my first visit to Paris. It was quiet. Beautiful. Almost empty. A secret treasure.

The roses were extraordinary. Startlingly magnificent colors, as if handpainted. But with a deep rose scent, too.

We took time to smell the roses. You do that in Paris.

And, then, from far away, I saw it. 

There it was. 

My favorite statue in my favorite garden in my favorite city.

We explored the entire garden. It is hard to believe that this huge garden is right in the middle of the busy city of Paris. Such a perfect place.

When I knew I was coming back to Paris, I knew I had to revisit this place.

It was just as wonderful the second time.

Part of the garden was closed off this time. There was to be a wedding that night in the garden.

So we didn't get to see everything. But I saw more stories this time, I think.

The couple watching, a bit enviously, I imagine, as the area for the wedding was set up.

Two employees, talking together quietly, two employees who get to experience this magnificence every day, their normal working environment.

A visitor, trying to capture that beauty.

A group of French school children, enjoying a statue. Look at the little girl's face.

So much beauty.

From Wikipedia:

The Musée Rodin in ParisFrance, is a museum that was opened in 1919, dedicated to the works of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. It has two sites: the Hôtel Biron and surrounding grounds in central Paris and just outside Paris at Rodin's old home, the Villa des Brillants at Meudon (Hauts-de-Seine). The collection includes 6,600 sculptures, 8,000 drawings, 8,000 old photographs, and 7,000 objets d’art. The museum receives 700,000 visitors annually.
While living in the Villa des Brillants, Rodin used the Hôtel Biron as his workshop from 1908 and subsequently donated his entire collection of sculptures (along with paintings by Vincent van GoghClaude Monet, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir that he had acquired) to the French State on the condition that they turn the buildings into a museum dedicated to his works.
The Musée Rodin contains most of Rodin's significant creations, including The ThinkerThe Kiss, and The Gates of Hell. Many of his sculptures are displayed in the museum's extensive garden. The museum includes a room dedicated to the works of Camille Claudel.
The museum is one of the most accessible museums in Paris. It is located near a Metro stop, Varenne, in a central neighborhood, and the entrance fee is very reasonable. The gardens around the museum building contain many of the famous sculptures in natural settings. Behind the museum building are a small lake and casual restaurant.

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Il est Juillet et il est temps pour le merveilleux Paris in July hosted by Thyme for Tea! (*It is July and it is time for the wonderful Paris in July!)


  1. Deb you need to come to the UK and visit Mottisfont in June to see Roses, they have hundreds and the smell is amazing. So that is where the thinking man statue is

  2. I can understand your love of this garden and would always want to return also.

    1. It’s amazingly big. And part of it is like a forest. In the middle of the city.

  3. We lived near the Rodin Museum for a year some time ago, and had many visitors who came in on an early morning flight from the US. We always took them to that museum first, while they were trying not to succumb to jet lag. Then dinner and let them go to bed -- except the most intrepid couple, who decided we should walk up the Eiffel Tower to platform 1 before bed time!

    Nice photos!

    best... mae at

    1. That is exactly what we did the first time I went to Paris.

  4. I only have been to Pairs onece and that was with work so I did not see much. But I can see why you like this place. :)

  5. Oh, how I long to visit Paris!! Beautiful photos, Deb!

    1. Of course you live in a paradise of your own!

    2. Yes, we do and I am forever thankful, but I would still love to visit France and Italy. I've been to England and Germany and would return in an instant, but I have other places I long to see.

  6. Just beautiful. I can see why it is a favorite.
    Thanks for sharing!

    - Lisa

  7. Ah, this is one of our favourite spots too. Your images brought back memories - fresh gardens, roses, crispy white gravel, and wandering through the quiet spots. Thanks for the memories.

  8. That must been quite some time ago, because now Paris is rather dirty, there are riots all the time and even the French don't like Paris anymore, lol ! Used to be nice in the past !

  9. This was truly one of my favorite places when I visited Paris and it was such a little gem of a surprise. The beauty not only of the art and statues, but the gardens. I still loved the Eiffel Tower but the quiet beauty of so many other spots has me longing to visit this gorgeous city again.

  10. Beautiful photos of a beautiful place. I haven;t been to Paris since 1991 - I really must get back one day.

  11. Indeed so much beauty. I missed this while in Paris.
    Happy WW!

  12. Rick and I didn't get there last time but we're hoping to this time around! Gorgeous pix!

  13. Lovely! Thanks for sharing the pics.

  14. What a wonderful place. A must do on the next visit.

  15. Deb, this is a favorite spot for me as well, and I've fond memories of my first visit as well as subsequent visits each time I'm in Paris. We usually stay in the 7th, so Museum Rodin is nearby. Thank you for sharing your visit.

  16. I also loved the Rodin Museum and Garden, what a beautiful place it was. I've got some photos to post later this week.

  17. What a paradise in the big city! Wish, I had a job there... (I've really a few ones tried to get a job in a park. Thanks for sharing.

  18. What a lovely post! Thanks for the link on your more recent post of Readerbuzz.


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