In addition to the permanent collection, Musée Marmottan Monet is featuring an exhibition of L'Art et L'Enfant (Art and Children), showing the evolving depiction of children in art over time, including works by Cézanne, Chardin, Corot, Manet, Matisse, Monet, Renoir, and Picasso. We enjoy the exhibition, but then head downstairs to (once again) view the Monet collection. One of our favorite exhibits is a room with many panels of Monet's water lilies.
Musée Marmottan Monet and the line to enter
Panels of Water Lilies
The walk from the Arc de Triumph to Musée Marmottan Monet is about 3.5 km (2.2 miles) and takes 45 minutes or so. We make a quick stop at the Trocadéro, about half-way to the museum and across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. The buildings of the Trocadéro were built for the International Exposition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life in1937 and now house a number of small museums, with a garden stretching to the Seine and framing the Eiffel Tower. These buildings also, at one time, served as the original headquarters of NATO.
Buildings of the Trocadéro
Eiffel Tower viewed from Trocadéro, across the Seine
After our museum visit, it's time for lunch and shopping and we head over to Galeries Lafayette's flagship store on Boulevard Haussman, behind the Opera, which we walked by yesterday, about 5.4 km (3.4 miles) from Musée Marmottan Monet. We first eat lunch in the cafeteria on the 6th floor of the store, a roast beef plate for me, a salad and cheeses for Laura, and, of course, 1/2 bottle of wine.
Lunch at Galleries Lafayette
From our table, we can see the back of the opera and, as I'm taking a picture, one of the staff tells me that I should go up one floor to the terrace on the roof for a better view. We finish our lunch and take that advice.
View of the Opera from our table at lunch
Panoramic views of Paris from the rooftop terrace at Galleries Lafayette
Glass and steel dome in the center of the store
Across the street is the Galleries Lafayette food hall, with a fabulous produce and goods market in the basement and meat, fish, and spice market on the first floor, selling for immediate consumption and to go.
Entrance to Printemps, across from Galeries Lafayette
Window displays have always been important to both Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, to highlight their goods and to encourage people to enter the store. The displays are particularly great during the holiday seasons and now welcome us to spring.
Windows at Galeries Lafayette
Windows at Printemps
But, there is also time for fun. Inside Galeries Lafayette, swimsuit/lingerie manufacturer Princesse Tam Tam set aside space and toys for adults to anticipate summer fun.