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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Marmottan-Monet Museum

Continuing the small museum theme, last week I headed out to the 16e with D. and S to visit the Marmottan-Monet Museum. It's  beautifully situated on the edge of the Bois de Bolougne in a wealthy residential district close to the Muette metro stop. D and I were out this way once before when we took a walking tour of Art Nouveau and Moderinist architecture in the area.

There is no photography inside the museum so I don't have  photos of the stunning interior. With no visuals to fall back on I may have to up my descriptive "game"! The museum is an interesting combination of different bequests made to the Beaux Art school and the collection includes not just the eponymous Monets but an impressive collection of First Empire furniture in the neo-classical style, beds, chairs and  tables often supported by winged beasts or Egyptian motifs. There's a wonderful virtual visit on the museum's website which is well worth checking out. It gives you a sense of the space and the art which is great. The images of the artworks below are from their site.

While Marmottan left the building, the French antiques and an interesting collection of French paintings, the museum's holdings have been enhanced by several signifcant donations including impressionist works passed down from George de Bellio, a doctor whose patients included Manet, Monet, Pisarro, Sisley and Renoir. The  collection was dramatically increased in 1966 when Monet's son bequeathed Giverny, and an unparalleled collection of his father's works, to the Beaux Art school. But there's a diversity here too, and we  were surprised to find a fascinating collection of mediaeval works, including a large number of  extraordinary illuminated manuscripts collected by the Wildstein family.
Highly recommended, a wonderful collection beautifully displayed. I only wish there were a cafe too!
Caillebotte, Rue de Paris. 
Temps de pluieFabre, Portrait de la duchesse de Feltre et de ses enfantsNymphéasGauguin, Bouquet de fleurs
Eugène Manet et sa fille
Practical details: The museum is open 10am-6pm but closed on Mondays. Tickets are 10 euro but we   were happy to get a 5 euro  discount for our Amis du Louvre membership. The ticket includes any special exhibit but not the audio guide which is 3 euro.

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