Escape to the French countryside without leaving the heart of Paris at the Museum of Romantic Life. Though in a bustling metropolitan part of Paris, this museum provides enough greenery and florals to make it easy to forget that you’re in one of the busiest cities in the world.
After a long-covered walk from the street, you are greeted by a bright and open space of dripping vines and trellises full of climbing roses and wisteria. The smell of flowers is rich in the air, and all you can hear is the chirping of birds and buzzing of bees.
As you venture inside, you can see the passionate artifacts of the romantic affair between George Sand and Frédéric Chopin. Sand was the pen name of French novelist Aurore Dupin de Francueil—a woman who broke feminine stereotypes of the time by wearing trousers and smoking cigars, and Chopin was a fantastical Polish piano composer. Their love affair spanned over 9 years, and as frequent visitors of this home, you can find many of their portraits, busts, and love letters inside.
sThis museum remains one of the biggest hidden gems in Paris, and you can usually find the museum and gardens empty. Take a quick break inside the museum and discover artwork with romantic themes from the 1800s all the way to the 21st century. This juxtaposition between time periods of work only further the importance of romance in the city of love, and offers a small getaway to enjoy the charming, idealistic history of the city.
After finishing the quick walkthrough of the museum, continue your moment of peace and tranquility of the city and enjoy the blooming gardens and fountains. Take a quick pause café, or coffee break, at the charming outdoor café there as well. Grab a café au lait and croissant and just enjoy the romantic scenery and have a beautiful break in your busy day.
You can access the museum at:
16 Rue Chaptal, 75009 Paris
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