For spring break this year our family decided to go back to France. We lived just outside of Paris for 2 years, our youngest child was born in France, and we still have friends living in the area. We were not traditional Paris tourists. We drove by our old house, we visited with our American friends in the suburbs (eating hot dogs and hamburgers and pizza). We were there over Easter so it was very special to get to visit our old church.
We did go by the Eiffel Tower, the kids played at the Jardin du Luxembourg, and we picked one museum to visit. We were on our way to the Louvre or the D’Orsay, but decided at the last minute to visit the Nissim de Camondo museum. I had never been to this museum, but I had always been told I NEEDED to see it. When I walked through the doors I understood why my friends had encouraged me to visit.
The kitchen at the Nissim de Camondo held so many treasures. My kids recognized so many things that I have collected over the years.
The house has a fascinating and somewhat tragic history. I recommend you visit the website here and read some of the history. The house and everything in it was donated as a museum when the son of the owner, Moise Camondo, was killed during World War I. Moise lived in the house until his death in 1935 when he turned it over to the city with the stipulation that everything remain where it was at that time. The museum staff has made every effort to honor these wishes. The house and its furnishings are truly remarkable.
I took so many photos, I was so inspired by this place.
To think that Moise lived here is interesting, but to know he lived here by himself is so sad.
The library is not an expansive library, but it was beautiful. Even Moise admitted before his death that he had neglected his library. There was commentary about the height of the top floor being decided by the wood paneled walls of the library. I love details like that.
Do you know what is right around the corner from the Nissim de Camondo Museum? Park Monceau. Not only does it have this gorgeous bridge, but it has a playground for the little people in your life. I was able to capture all of these images because my husband took all 4 of our littles to the playground while I got to spend as much time as I wanted to in the museum.
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