Lots of stuff to do in Paris! While you’re there, hop over to the Pablo Picasso Museum, not far away either.

Also walking distance is the relatively new Ateliers d’Art de France Art Gallery for one of a kind pieces and regular exhibits, called “Collection”
“Collection” – 4 rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris.

The Ateliers d’Art also have 3 shops with beautiful artisan work in the 17th, but you’ll need to take the metro, and actually not far from the Arc de Triomphe : Ateliers d’Art de France Boutiques – 22 and 26, avenue Niel, 75017 Paris, France.

All the info is on their website, and you can also see some of the artists’ work up under the “Directory of Workshops” link. I’m in there too. You can find me under “corporate name search = L’Ange Est La.”

A must is a visit to the Museum of Decorative Arts, which has a whole jewelry gallery going from antiquity to contemporary jewelry. Each piece is beautifully hung in an elegant setting and perfect lighting. It’s on 107-111, rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris.

Cross the street and go for one of the best hot chocolate in town at Angelina’s Salon de Thé (Tea Room) on 226 rue de Rivoli, same street as the museum.

All this is walking distance from the Louvre, and just next to the Carrousel du Louvre underground shopping center, as a matter of fact, if you want to avoid the long waiting lines to enter the Louvre from the outside Pyramid, then enter the underground « Carrousel du Louvre », pass all the shops, all the way to where the upside down part of the pyramid is, and get in from there directly into the Egyptian wing.

By now you’ll probably want to sleep! After a good bath to soak your feet and body in, and another good night’s rest get ready for more!

Wake up and go for a walk down Saint Germain des Près Boulevard, visit Saint Germain church and stop for coffee, tea or chocolate and a croissant at the Deux Magots, on the same side of the street as the church.

Coffee here is more expensive, but you can rest your feet as long as you like over one single expresso while people watching, a national sport practiced in most side-walk cafés.

You’ll also enjoy going back in time when you realize some seats have names of a number of famous philosophers and artists of the past such as Verlain or Rimbault, and later Satre, Hemingway, Picasso, Fernand Léger, Simone de Beauvoir, who would meet here and “talk story” while re-creating the world.

Now that you’ve got that extra caffeine, and that your feet are set, you’ll have more energy to cross the street and go towards the Galerie Hélène Porée on 1 rue de L’Odéon, Paris 6e arr. for more eye candy from its highly selected art jewelry and ceramics. See for yourself here.

Next visit the Théatre de L’Odéon, the Luxembourg park and the Senate while you’re there, all just a skip hop and a jump. Now start heading for the 7th arrondissement. for a visit to the Galerie Elsa Vanier – 7 rue du Près aux Clercs. You can get a glimpse of the jewelry artists the gallery represents here.

It’s a pleasant walk with tons of window-shopping on the way.

And last of all, if you like to add fabric, ribbons and buttons to your work then you’ll want to go the Marché St. Pierre in the 18th arrondissement, not far from Montmartre.

Big choice in this one store, but there are many other smaller shops in the nearby streets in the same area. While you’re there go and take a detour to visit the Basilique du Sacre-Cœur in Montmartre, historical, full of street artists and cafés. Take a break and enjoy the beautiful view of Paris by night-fall when the city lights begin to turn on and the sky is pink-purple with streaks of gold.

Have a safe and pleasant trip and get ready for some major inspiration !

Other related museums to visit :

le Musée de la Monaie (coins and medals), Odéon;
Musée de la Minérologie (minerals) near the Luxembourg gardens, both of the above in the 6th arrond.
Also: Fondation Cartier, private museum for contemporary art.

For an online list of museums of the city of Paris, click here.

Or other museums by neighborhood (arrondissement), click here.

(c) 2007 Angela Baduel-Crispin All Rights Reserved

Visit Angela’s site here.

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