Tuesday, July 05, 2005
This past weekend it was the first Sunday of the month. That means that many museums have no admission charge. My son had three play dates that day (after coming home from a Saturday sleep over, eating lunch and preparing to be picked up for another play date he says "how come you are such a nice mom when I'm not as nice to you?"). Who knew the child would be so happy when I'm farming him out to others?
So I had some time with my daughter. I asked if she'd be willing to go to a museum and she agreed. I'd been wanting to go to the Rodin museum for a while. I've been there a number of times, but the last time was two years ago, when I went with my friend Claudia when our children were three years old.
Mothers often take their children to this museum because there are many beautiful sculptures in the garden area and tucked behind some large hedges, is a sand pit where mothers can sit while children play. The best of two worlds... a place to be social and have some culture.
Rodin is a lovely museum inside -- there are 16 rooms of his works, including the famous... The Kiss and The Door of Hell. One room is dedicated to the work of Camille Claudel, his lover, student and muse. Additionally, there are paintings Rodin collected from Van Gogh, Renoir and Monet.
My daughter and I walked into the museum to see a few of Rodin's famous statues. My daughter actually asked me to tell the stories of the sculptures. For instance, she was very interested in La Cathedrale where two hands are touching.
I read the little card descriptions of each sculpture, but her interest quickly waned as we realized the museum was hot and stuffy. She wanted out. We did a quick tour and left to walk around the many sculptures outside.
There are many great pieces outside on display. One of the best known by Rodin is The Thinker.
We walked around the gardens and I showed her where she once played. Of course, she didn't remember the sand box at all. We stopped by the cafe in the garden for a couple of drinks. It was a very nice day.
This museum is good for a family. There are lots of interesting sculptures, a beautiful garden, a restaurant to grab a lunch... and a hidden area in the back where the kids and adults can relax.
My daughter with the Monument a Bastien-Lepage
-- said Auntie M in Paris
PS - very nice question your son asks you.
Terry in SF
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I would love, love, love to take my Monet to Paris one day and show her all those Monet places and paintings... I am jealous, you realise this yes? :)
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