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Rodin hearts Monet

4 May

It’s amusing how famous people know other famous people. I’m not talking about Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox level BFFs. I’m talking about famous dead people – masters of the arts. It’s not like they all lived in Holllywood and have guest starred in each other’s sitcoms back then. How did they end up hanging out and making chismis in the streets and coffee shops of Montmartre?

During our visit to Musee Rodin, there was an exposition of Rodin and Monet’s letters to each other. Needless to say this was my most favorite part of the visit. And also because I’m Filipino and I think most of us have an affinity with knowing other people’s business. So this was like making chismis back in time because there was no Facebook back then and people had to write real letters.

I love the how they write in the olden days. It sure is different from the chicken scratch I see young ones have these days. I also love how Monet’s stationery says Giverny.

Okay so I don’t really understand their handwriting but it sure is purty.

Mr. Rodin and Mr. Monet. I thought they were chums but was a bit weird-ed out that they kept on referring to each other as ‘vous’ – which is like a formal ‘you’ usually used for respect or when speaking to older people – or your boss.

They even threw an expo together. How mignon is that? – Uhm, I guess that answers my question as to how they knew each other. I didn’t realize that before. But, did they do this expo before or after they became chums?

Too bad it was just a temporary exhibit. I think this was one of the reasons I liked the Musee Rodin.

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Musee Rodin

3 May

I didn’t really know of Rodin’s works. I know he’s a very famous sculptor but that’s about it.

So on the first Sunday of February, the husband decided to knock some culture into me took me to go see the Musee Rodin in the 7th arrondissement. A couple of national museums in Paris can be accessed for free on the first Sunday of every month – sweet!

What greeted me was a fabulous hotel particulier with pretty modern sculptures in front and a huge and I mean Huge garden at the back with views of both the Eiffel tower and gold dome of Les Invalides.

To the right of the entrance was of course the most popular sculpture – The Thinker, or Le Penseur in french.

Le Penseur – The Thinker

On the left were The Gates of Hell (I think I saw this at the Musee d’Orsay a few years back) and Les Bourgeois de Calais.

The Gates of Hell

Les Bourgeois de Calais

Inside there were more amazing sculptures. Finished and unfinished works by the master. It was very interesting. They even explain the steps on how Rodin’s sculptures were created. From the first clay model to the finished product.

It was definitely an eye opener. I appreciated this little wonder than the Musee d’Orsay with its thousands of sculptures. It’s amazing that you can be in a building and garden like this and still be in Paris – with its tiny apartments and pockets of parks.

If you are planning to visit Paris and are thinking of other museums to see – this should definitely be on your list. If you’re not into the sculptures then just go and have a walk in the gardens.

Entrance at night

Les Invalides, Eiffel tower, Le Penseur – there’s only one place where you can see all three at the same time.

Musee Rodin

79 Rue de Varennes 75007 Paris

Metro: Varenne or Invalides