Musée Jean-Jacques Henner: a gem near Parc Monceau

Have you ever heard of the French painter Jean-Jacques Henner? I have to confess I had not until the museum dedicated to his work reopened in May. Located in his beautiful mansion a short walk away from Parc Monceau, it invites us to step back into 19th-century Paris in an intimate way, as if we…

The Louvre – A few tips on how to visit the museum

It’s Bastille Day in France and the entrance to the Louvre is exceptionally free to celebrate. Today also marks the reopening of the Islamic Art gallery after this spring’s floods. The Louvre is the subject of popular posts on my blog: the Napoleon III rooms and the Ancient Egypt mummies still figure among my most-read…

NY diary: art at the MOMA and dining at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

Before leaving me all alone in New York, Papa and Maman Ritournelle had a day full of the best in art and fine dining the city has to offer. As you may recall from this post, we had planned to visit the MOMA earlier in their trip but ended up eating at the museum’s amazing…

A visit to the Louvre and its Napoleon III apartments

During my last days in France, I decided to pay a visit to the Louvre. My parents used to drag me there on weekends in my early childhood but I hadn’t gone back since. What a shame, I know. The Louvre is one of the world’s most famous museums but its history is not so…