Saturday, December 30, 2017

Saturday 30 December - Musee Jacquemart Andre

Everywhere was wet this morning but last night's heavy rain is now the occasional light mist.  We walked the half hour or so to the the Jacquemart Andree musee on Boulevsrd Hausseman.  It is a large house filled with priceless antiques, paintings etc.  We had thought that coming here around lunch time would be a good time because people would be otherwise engaged.  However, the place was packed and it was occasionally difficult to appreciate the rooms.

Painted ceiling

The house and exhibits are very much in the same style as the Wallace Collection in London, although the Wallace Collection is possibly better preserved and presented. It is difficult to imagine how one family could be so rich as to acquire all of this.  The revolution got rid of the monarchy but it was replaced by the aristocracy.
George and the Dragon

Decorated ceiling

A painting by Sisley was one of a number in a special exhibition of French impressionist painters - none were really spectacular and the space in which they were shown was way too small for the crowds.
On the way back we sought out some eats to tide us over New Years Eve and New Years Day

We ate dinner at le Bistrot d'Id on Levis.  This is a neighbourhood bar which has a pretty good menu. We had Civet de Sanglier (wild boar stew) with tagliatelli and a pichet of Fitou red wine. It was good and quite cheap.

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