This week’s Five Friday Finds from France features a Ruinart basket filled with champagne and food to prepare at home, Château de Versailles virtual programming, a selection of virtual visits to Paris museums (including the new Gabrielle Chanel exhibit) for the European Night of Museums, a pumpkin ricotta ravioli recipe and more.
Today I want to walk through the absolutely massive Gabrielle Chanel: Fashion Manifesto exhibit. The exhibit is set in the recently renovated Palais Galliera, Paris’ permanent fashion museum. While Gabrielle Chanel remains an incredibly controversial person, there is no denying her remarkable talent as a designer.
As a part of the European Heritage Days yesterday I decided to visit the Assemblée Nationale. In France the European Heritage Days are called the Journées du Patrimoine. Every September there’s one weekend where places normally not open to the public are open and free. From the rose garden to the stunning interior spaces, I thought the Assemblée Nationale was perfect.
If I could take a walk through Palais Garnier every day I think I would be the happiest person in the world. I get chills every time I’m in the building – it’s that beautiful. On Friday I visited again and must say, without a lot of other visitors it was simply stunning. I hope the photos will make you feel like you’re taking a virtual tour of Palais Garnier. I’m especially excited to share few special behind the scenes moments like the Palais Garnier water reservoir and fish as well as the rarely seen Foyer de la Danse.
My favorite floor of the Musée d’Orsay is without a doubt the fifth floor. As soon as I arrive I head to the top floor to see the works in the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism galleries. It’s always a wonderful experience, but recently I had an extra special visit due to the almost empty Musée d’Orsay.