Awakening To The Petit Palais, Paris

Bonjour mes amis,

Look no further than the Petit Palais (otherwise known as The Musee des Beaux- Art de la Ville de Paris) for the perfect combination of Relaxation, French Art, Culture, History and not to mention a very good coffee, next time you’re in Paris.

My french awakening came by sheer accident as I , put off by the snake of tourists by the entry gates of the Grand Palais off the Champse Elysee, walked against the throng of more tourists and crossed the road.

The stone steps of The Petit Palais are most welcoming and I enter this “small palace” under the magnificent ironwork banner of 1900 or thereabouts, with an air of relief (and importance I might add!) There’s nothing like a dramatic entrance!

I could not have agreed more at this point with the famous poet Robert Frost, in taking the “road less travelled”. The Petit Palais was a fabulous decision!

Come with me and enter The Petit Palais,Paris.

First of all, it’s free to enter any of the permanent exhibitions. There is such a diverse collection of artworks here and something for everybody. It’s not the Louvre- so tourists are not a problem and because most people it seems , want to see the Impressionists when in Paris, they can do so here surrounded by a huge collection of  paintings by French Painters  such as Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cezanne, Ingres, Delacroix, Gustave Courbet and more.

I was so delighted to see Gustave Courbet’s  easel and other art materials like the  paint box and palette belonging to him, right in the centre of a room! These personal items bring you closer to the artist himself and does say a great deal about the aspirations of the Palais’ curator. A wonderful touch! Take a peep!

If that isn’t enough, you’ll be surprised to see a fantastic display of eighteenth century furniture in the Tuck Collection. Also, lovers of Dutch Art will be delighted as well to see a good range and generally, artwork of the Petit Palais goes way back to the first century.

As for the kids, there are great Discovery Tours and storytelling and workshops here to educate and inspire. Contact the Petit Palais in advance to check it out at:

When you need to rest or eat, the Petite Palais offers a thriving yet quiet space in the inner sanction and courtyard cafe, ‘le Jardin du petit Palais’  and restaurant. It’s really lovely!

The coffee and soup is excellent and tables overlook a unique garden courtyard where peace is assured. A great reflective space for journal writing and/or rekindling the energies or just planning the next hours of your journey.

Don’t forget to look at the magnificent ceilings on your way out. Ceilings that make you feel you’ve died and gone to heaven. What do you think?

Feeling refreshed, calm and inspired- you’ll be now ready to tackle the tourists outside!

The Petit Palais is open from Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday). Also on Tuesday until 8pm for temporary exhibitions only.

Opening times from 10am to 6pm.

Enjoy my friends,

Au Revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell


One Response to “Awakening To The Petit Palais, Paris”

  1. Just beautiful Therese!!

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