Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rodin Museum

I have certainly been "profiter bien-ing" for my last few days in Paris!  Last night my friends and I went to hang out at the Eiffel Tower....

just another one of those moments that takes my breath away and reminds me how lucky I am to be here....

Then today I went to the Rodin Museum!  I was saving that for a nice day because a lot of the sculptures are outside in the gardens. 

 Les Invalides is super close to the museum!

 The other part of the collection is housed in an old mansion.

Beautiful Roses

 Gates of Hell

 Auguste Rodin's signature


 I think this is a tribute to Victor Hugo

 I loved the settings for all the large statues.  It was so different and refreshing from a normal museum!

 View of the gardens

 Le Penseur
(The Thinker)
 They filmed here in Midnight in Paris as well!!! I walked on the same path Carla Bruni, Owen Wilson, and Rachel McAdams did!

Always amazing to see a masterpiece in person....
 A school group was almost always one or 2 statues ahead of me during my visit.  Here are the kids "thinking".  When the teacher told them it was time to go, one kid said "Ne me derangez pas! Je pense..." Translates to "Don't disturb me! I'm thinking..."  French kids can be so sassy...

After touring the garden, I went inside to view the rest of the collection.  A lot of the large sculptures from the garden were also on display inside, on a smaller scale or in different materials such as plaster or clay.
 Most of the sculptures are in bronze.

La Bise
The Kiss

 Bust of Victor Hugo

 The Gossips

Master Rodin

 Les Mains

 Iris, messenger to the gods
looks more like a ninja to me...

As I was strolling through Paris on this hot and sunny afternoon, I came across this store....
If only I wasn't "ruinee" (broke)....



  1. I had a chance to combine my two loves in life recently and had a two weeks' holiday in wonderful France, to which I had been before, and had loved so much. I took a little Renault rental car and headed off from Paris, to the Palace of Versailles, to Chartres then southward to sunny Provence, via the Auvergne region, with the Songs of the Auvergne playing repeated on the CD player.
    Magnifique, comme toujours. I saw many art galleries and followed the footsteps of artists, like poor Vincent Van Gogh.
    Back home all too soon, I ordered a canvas print from, choosing this painting by Cézanne,, to remember my trip by.