Christmas is behind us, and we’re all just slowly waking up from our duck- and flæskesteg-induced food comas. The time “between the years”, as we call it in German, is somewhat odd. Christmas has come and gone, and with it the great anticipation, the wait, the preparations, the Christmas markets, the baking, the endless repeats of “Last Christmas” on the radio – it has all culminated in a merry blur of family, friends, food, drinks, laughter, and presents.
And then it’s all over, and we get a couple of days to catch our breath before the new year is rung in with a roar of a party, fireworks, and a day of hangovers. And then, we just go back to work, to school, or whatever it is we’re doing.
So, in this time of “calm before the storm”, here’s something for you to scroll through, as you lazily lounge on your couch or in your favorite chair.
As you know, we spent a long weekend in Paris at the beginning of the month (part I, part II), and even though we both aren’t big on museums, I couldn’t leave without a trip to my very favorite one: Musée Rodin. It showcases the work of French sculptor Auguste Rodin in a beautiful villa, surrounded by the most stunning yard. If you only visit one museum in Paris, I strongly suggest you go here.
So without too many words, here are some of my favorite shots from the museum.
Right after the entrance, you’re greeted by one of Rodin’s most famous creations: “le penseur” (The Thinker). In the background is the golden dome of Les Invalides.
The inside of the mansion is just beautiful, and just the right backdrop for the sculptures and statues. Looks like this guy here invented the side-eye:
I especially love Rodin’s sculptures of lovers. A lot of his work was inspired by old Greek history and legends, and the star-crossed lovers featured there. He has an amazing ability to capture these tender moments. Aren’t these absolutely stunning? The first one is another key piece of his work, called “The Kiss“.
The last one with the two hands is another absolute favorite of mine: “The Cathedral“.
After exploring the mansion, you simply have to visit the gardens as well.
Wandering through the gardens, we played a little game of “what’s this statue saying?” It’s actually quite fun. What do you think this guy is saying?
Of course, I had to capture the museum for Instagram.
On your way back, be sure to take a look at the famous “Gates of Hell” – they include a lot of Rodin’s most famous pieces, such as the Thinker and the Three Shades.
I think it’s quite obvious why I love this museum so much. Have you been to Musée Rodin? What are your favorite museums to visit – in Paris and the rest of the world? Share in the comments below, and have a lovely, quiet “between the years” time!
Musée Rodin, 77 rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France – musee-rodin.fr – entrance EUR 10, closed Mondays