Paris: The heat of summer and the cool of museums and their gardens
When the thermometer starts to climb, I particularly enjoy taking refuge at the Rodin Museum and exploring its bucolic sculpture garden. Rodin made an amazing donation of his artwork (6,000 sculptures and 8,000 drawings) and his own personal collection (1,700 paintings, 7,000 photos and 6,400 sculptures). In 1919, Rodin’s legacy was installed at the Hôtel Biron in the 9th arrondissement. Make sure to stop and admire a monument to famous author Balzac in the garden. Three versions exist in the world. Its story made noise in the media, where it was dubbed the affair of “Rodin’s Balzac”. Commissioned in 1891 by Emile Zola, then president of the Society of Authors, the sculpture would only come into being at a much later date. Rodin conducted many studies and a lot of research about Balzac. In a way, the statue represents Rodin’s most engaged work. A 25 minute ride on public transport will take you from your hotel to this little gem (Metro Line 1 to the Champs Elysées stop, then Line 13 to Varenne).
Good to know: the Museum of the Romantics, located in the 9th arrondissement, boasts a ravishing garden and a tea room. It takes 25 minutes to get there from your hotel on Metro Line 2 (from Les Ternes station to Blanche).