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Relaxing in the Rodin Sculpture Garden

Relaxing in the Rodin Sculpture Garden Posted on September 7, 201644 Comments

So the kids went back to school last week, and I took this opportunity to grab lunch with King of the Mountains, in the sculpture garden of the Rodin Museum.

Auguste Rodin (born 12 November 1830), is one of France’s most famous sculptors. His greatest works include: The Thinker, The Gates of Hell and The Kiss. The museum and garden house many of his greatest masterpieces.


The garden is three hectares of  tranquility in the centre of Paris, next to Les Invalides, where Napoleon is buried.

That’s another on my must see in Paris list. I hear is simply spectacular inside.


The garden is split into the rose garden to the front, at the back is the ornamental garden and right toward the end, quietly, tucked behind  a hornbeam hedge is a relaxation area with benches and sun loungers, perfect for grabbing some shade to beat the city heat.

RelaxationareaThis garden is a wonderful space to get away from the hubbub of the metropolis to read a book, munch your lunch or have a moment of quiet contemplation with the ultimate thinker.

A little bit of history


The Thinker is the iconic piece, but I found the Burghers of Calais particularly moving. It commemorates a particular incident during the Hundred Years War.


Edward III of England had just won the Battle of Crecy and was now holding Calais under Siege. The French had been told to hold out at all costs, but could not lift the siege which was finally broken by starvation.

Edward decided to spare the city if six city leaders surrendered presumably to be executed. The leaders had to walk through the city with nooses around their neck, carrying keys to the city.

But their lives where spared by Edward’s wife, Queen Philippa of Hainault, claiming executing the men would bring bad luck on their unborn child. Their son Thomas, only lived for a year.

But you don’t have to go to Paris or Calais to see this sculpture, there is one in London, in Victoria Tower Gardens, Westminster.

If you are in Paris, and want a quiet place to escape to, just remember the Rodin Sculpture Garden.

Musée Rodin, 77 rue de Varenne, 75007 Paris, France


Opening times

Phone : +33 (0)1 44 18 61 10

Metro : Varenne (line 13) or Invalides (line 13, line 8)
R.E.R : Invalides (line C)
Bus : 69, 82, 87, 92
Vélib’ : 9, Bd des Invalides
Car parks : Bd des Invalides

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44 thoughts on “Relaxing in the Rodin Sculpture Garden

  1. This place looks fantastic! Just the idea to be able to relax in that wonderful garden admiring those sculptures just brings happiness to me! Great place to get some peace. Thanks for sharing this at #KCACOLS. It is lovely to have you. 🙂 x
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  2. Sounds like it was the perfect place to escape to for a bit of peace whilst the kids were at school! My boys are desperate to go not the Eurostar and visit Paris so I must remember to add this to my list.

    Thank you for linking up to #KCACOLS and I hope to see you back again on Sunday xx
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  3. I love some time to myself in a garden or a park – it’s just so relaxing to get outside in the fresh air to clear your mind. This looks like a beautiful garden, and I loved hearing all the history behind the sculpture. Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove
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    1. Well Katy, if you are every in Paris drop in! There are beautiful parks in Paris probably because we all living in apartment and need green space to escape into. This park is really super special.

    1. It’s beautiful garden with so much history. Interesting that the history of the UK and Calais is so intertwined, even today!

  4. This looks like a wonderful, serene place to visit. A great place to escape. Paris has some great parks. I can’t remember the last time I went to a park to read a book. It sounds appealing. Thanks foe linking to #citytripping

    1. The parks in Paris are pretty amazing, this one is great to escape into for a little quiet time and surrounded by amazing art. Thanks for dropping by.

    1. Thank you. I do love reading about the stories behind a work of art. Interesting there’s a statue in the UK, and even today Calais is still a hot topic!

    1. Awww! Now you are just making me blush! Thank you. Think I was just a swot at school! Rodin’s Sculpture Garden is beautiful. If you ever come to Paris get in touch – I’ll happily suggest places for you to see!

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