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you find the "nightingale" that sang for
Maurice Ravel, composer of the famous
? Which museum in the heart of Paris has
been called the "smallest museum in the
world"? Where does "Dame Baccarat" wait to
greet you, wearing the only "chandelier"
dress in Paris?
seek something off the beaten path in
Paris need look no further: Rachel Kaplan
has uncovered some 30 museums, ranging
from the grand -- Alexandre Dumas's
Monte-Cristo Estate -- to the quaint, such
as the Fan Museum, which houses nearly 800
French fans. Of the Museum of the
Institute of the Arab World, Kaplan
remarks, "[it] contains a precious legacy
which not only helps to illuminate the
past, but also enhances our understanding
of many current advances we may have come
to take for granted. Its handsome and
well-documented displays of sumptuous
woven rugs and textiles, richly
embroidered costumes, ceramics and
scientific instruments, confirm that
without the influence of Arabic art and
science, the world as we know it today
would be a very different place." With
beautiful color photographs and
affectionate commentary, Little-Known
Museums in and Around Paris is the perfect
tonic for travelers with the "been there,
done that" blues.
-- Jhana Bach
Adele Westbrook; Designer: Lorraine
Ferguson; Principal photographer:
Paperback - 216 pages
Published October 1996 by Harry N.
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"...(Kaplan) is an exceptional raconteur
and brings Paris alive with her use of
interesting anecdotes, historical facts,
and high quality photographs." -- " This
is a wonderful book for the art lover and
traveler who want to see beauty that
doesn't necessary make the pages of the
usual guide books - and misses the tourist
crowds as well."
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CAR: 40 km from Paris
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ITEMS: Rare tapestries
once owned by Pope Urban VIII, rare carpets from
Cairo, 18th-century French
furniture, ancient Roman, Medieval &
Renaissance statuary, hundreds of paintings,
drawings & engravings.
Edited by Ian C. Mills, 1999.
Bibliography: Little-Known Museums In and Around
Paris, Rachel Kaplan, 1996, Harry N. Abrams Inc., New
York. Paris From $70 A Day, Jeanne Oliver, 1998,
Macmillan Travel, A Simon & Schuster Macmillan Company, New York.
Fodor's 99 Paris, Fodor's Travel
Publications, Inc., published in the U.S. by Random House, Inc., New
York. Paris.org (web site).
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