I met a friend, Lisa, the other day at the MusÃ©e de la Vie Romantique It’s one of those small museums housed in a former home, this one in the home of the Dutch born artist, Ary Scheffer, who arrived in Paris in 1811 and became a fashionable portrait painter. He opened his studio every Friday to guests and many of them were famous such as George Sand, Chopin and Delacroix. The house itself is charming, a step back in time in the Romantic era. There are paintings there done by Scheffer, of course, but most of the museum is devoted to one of his guests, George Sand, the author. She was an interesting woman to say the least-married with two children but had numerous affairs the most famous being with Chopin. They had a rather unpleasant split up and, when he died two years later, she didn’t even go to his funeral. She was also known for wearing men’s clothing and smoked big cigars. I think Colette, another French author, did a lot of the same thing. Wild women! There are 170 artifacts belonging to Sands in the museum.
There’s a lovely garden there and a tea room which is only open in the summer so that would be the best time to visit and would probably be the highlight of your time there. Here’s another reason to visit in the summer:
There is a school next door. Just listen to that noise! I think it would ruin a nice day in the garden, thus summer.