Rodin Gardens and Lessons Learned

HandsI learned a very important lesson on this trip: If you want to see something, make it a priority.  I thought I had time, but for those of you that have been following, you know that the time was cut short.  I am so thankful that I was able to be reunited with my family and help with recovery, but now I wish I would have organized the time I had a little differently.

There are so many lessons learned on this trip.  I plan to share them once I have some real time to reflect.  Until then, check out one place that was high on my list to return to, but I didn’t get back to see.

Rodin Museum

hands2The Musee Rodin is housed in the elegant Hotel Biron.  Rodin lived and worked in this mansion.  I love that so many Paris museums not only have masterpieces, but they are housed in historic masterpieces themselves.  The mansion shows its age and use as you hear the wood floors creaking under your feet.  It is like being in grandma’s house, only it has some of the most stunning sculpture that can be seen.

The museum is made of the mansion, garden, chapel, and cafe.  The building is under construction until 2014, but you can still get in and see exhibitions.  My favorite sculpture inside the museum is The Kiss.  If you are short on time or limited on budget, you can visit the gardens for only one euro.  The garden provides a natural blend between Rodin’s bronze statues and flowers.  Perhaps you’ve heard of The Thinker.  He thinks outside in the lightly scented, floral air.  The first time I went to the museum, my camera went crazy over the pristine flowers.  It is a beautiful, quiet area in Paris.  I know I’ll return this summer.