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.
This 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.
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
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