Friday, November 08, 2019

November Calendrier de l'Advent

I'm keeping up with the new PB tradition creating an annual ADVENT letter for November.
A true love story lies behind this wonderful house museum. Artist Nelie Jacquemart painted wealthy banker, Edouard Andre's portrait in 1872. They married in 1881.
Both passionate about travel and Italy, they visited every year. Together they amassed one of the great collections of Italian Renaissance art in their home on 152, bd Haussmann.
The Jacquemart-Andre is less crowded than most Paris museums and offers an intimacy and calm few others can claim.
When you enter the music room, immediately Vivaldi starts playing.
In its heyday for grand soirées, the walls lowered and it became one huge ballroom.
Right now 75 works of Italian painting of exceptional beauty from the ALANA COLLECTION is on till 20 January. They perfectly complement the rest of the collection on the 2nd floor.
Do not miss having an 19th century tea in the museum's period salon.
Why I decided to visit the museum after finishing the letter art is one of the great unsolved mysteries.
I was searching madly online for pictures while at the museum they give-away big Galeries Lafayette Paris maps with perfect reference photos. Just what I was searching for. 
Fontainebleau seemed a good choice but their brochure offered few artwork pictures. MUSEE JACQUEMART-ANDRE offered loads. The brochure comes along with the letter by the way.  More fun cutting up bits of paper and pasting bits of paper. You will have to cut open the windows yourselves. Does it matter? You tell me.
Can you find the museum's Paulo Uchello St. George and the dragon in the Advent letter? More Paris Advent posts coming. Christmas has begun fullspeed in Paris. Tomorrow is the 1st day of the SALON DU IMPERIAL CHOCOLAT AU CHATEAU FONTAINEBLEAU. The MADE-IN-FRANCE show is on as is the stamp show and...I feel like RUN LOLA RUN. What can I say? Enjoy reading PB with your morning coffee☕️? Keep Bear in Paris 
with a letter subscription from my Etsy shop. Bear 🐻 waves HELLO ❤️from Paris☕️🥐.

22 comments:

  1. I love the Jacquemart Andre Museum. I used to want to live there. So many Advent calendars all over Paris. Run, Lola, run, indeed!

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  2. Jusst one more reason to visit Paris off season! Stay warm!

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    1. Very sunny out there today even if it is 50 degrees..the sun makes a Big difference!

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  3. You saucy pumpkin. You are nothing short of wonderful.
    hugs,
    Bugs

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    1. There is a first for everything!
      "A saucy pumpkin"
      I shall take that as a compliment 😄

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  4. Janet E10:27 AM

    Bonjour,
    I love your beautiful drawings and photos. I recommend your newsletter to my adult French learners. Sometimes errors slip into your text. Here is a link for today’s.

    https://www.wordreference.com/enfr/advent

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    1. Sadly my spelling skills are not neck and neck with my drawing skills.
      You cant do everything. 😳

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  5. Thanks for something new to add to my "Next Time in Paris Guidebook".
    Sounds like a perfect place to go for tea. Can't wait to see your holiday posts.
    Amitiés,

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  6. Lynn C12:54 PM

    This is fabulous and so interesting. Great job

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  7. Marilyn S12:56 PM

    If you had not suggested cutting open the windows I would not have thought of that. You come up with such good ideas. I know that is the whole idea of an advent calendar.

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    1. Haha Well I am taking liberties here...ahem 😄
      There should be a chocolate hidden behind each window or some goodie.

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  8. Empress E.1:01 PM

    I’m looking forward to the latest Advent calendar. Last year’s was clever and fun.
    A question - these days as you scoot around Paris from one delightful scene to the next, are you clad is chic leggings like les parisiennes in your photos? I wouldn’t be surprised if you are!

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    1. The answer plain and simple is...NO
      Jeans or black pants for me. Are they wearing them? I better look again.
      I think this years letter is more festive hopefully

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    2. Now that you mention it this may be true! I saw a girl in solid black tights tonight but the knee area was sheer black...Hmmmm...

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  9. Judith1:04 PM

    So delighted to read about this month’s letter.
    I visited the Jacquemart-Andre House Museum in 2014
    and enjoyed myself immensely. It is a sightseeing
    gem. And I had tea and the most delicious cake
    in the tearoom, such an elegant place! It’s not crowded
    which gives you a much-needed respite from the famous
    spots.

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    1. You nailed it perfectly Judith ❤️

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  10. Bonelle1:18 PM

    Musée Jacquemart-André is one of my favorite places in Paris; the opulence, the art collection, the tea salon! And you are so right, it is an oasis of calm. Your letter is beautiful!

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  11. I love that museum - saw the works of the brothers Caillebotte there for the first time. Had lunch in the tearoom but we ate outside so I didn't get to enjoy that beautiful room.

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    1. Wasn't that a wonderful exhibit! Loved the perspective on Paris at the time.
      Yes the Jacquemart-Andre is a special serene haven in Paris and now I can spell it without looking it up. Hooray 🎉

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  12. Beauteous! Love seeing last year's in the same post!!

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  13. Oh my! One of my favorite spots in Paris -- c'est magnifique! (My post on this museum seemed to be a revelation to those who'd never heard of it. I would put it on a big must-visit list to Paris because it is so do-able and the art is so lovely. Your advent calendar is worthy of being there itself! Simply a wonderful choice.

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