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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

daily bliss: musée national du moyen age

This museum is more informally known as the Cluny museum, and holds collections primarily of the middle ages, though some statues and the frigidarium—a former Roman bath—date back to earlier times. The play of light and dark in these ancient rooms, as well as a subtle chill, creep into the mind and body, and I was transported back in time.

The gem of the museum is the Lady and the Unicorn, a series of six Flemish tapestries from the late fifteenth century. With intricate detail—a backdrop of flowers and small animals—the tapestries represent the temptation of the senses and the importance of renouncing sensual pleasures for a more lasting reward.

I'm afraid I did not heed such advice, as I delighted in the sensual treats of Paris. Among the delights, tarts.

1 comment:

  1. It looks like you had a lovely time in Paris - and your Grandmother also. How fun that you shared with us a bit of the history, the culture and the delicious food.

    My daughter and I decided less than a week ago that we were going to spend some time in Paris along with London. So I made some hasty reservations and on Monday we'll take the Eurostar from London (where we are now) to Paris. I couldn't wait to come to your blog since I knew you posted some of your trip's favorites. I can't wait to see the Cluny museum, Saint Chapelle, Notre Dame and ... Berthillon!