If you feel like you don’t live in the right era and would be happy to swap your smartphone for love letters and your Facebook sessions for moments of sitting by the window and pondering about the meaning of life, then the Musée de la Vie Romantique is a great escape. I don’t know why it took me so long to come here. I’ve rarely left a little museum more inspired and would be happy to go back tomorrow.
The beautiful building actually used to be the house Dutch painter Ary Scheffer. Being Dutch myself I was surprised about this, as I mostly link our culture to sobriety and realism. Nowadays its rooms are filled with old beautiful objects from, for example, Georges Sand, mixed with modern art that all contain artificial flowers. This is really greatly done, it is like these recent additions are the contemporary versions of the objects from the 19th century.
Lovers of botanic beauty are in any case well served, as the temporary collection currently shows paintings and drawings of flowers by Belgian botanic painter Pierre-Joseph Redouté. An equally stunning short visit, the exhibition has been prolonged to 29 October 2017.
But what is particularly appealing now in summer is the terrace of their tea salon, situated in a beautiful garden that makes you feel like you’re in Giverny (where Monet’s house is located and where he painted his water lilies), but without the masses of tourists.