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October 31, 2018

Legion of Honor Museum, Paris!

And as the week goes on, and the wintery weather continues chez nous but even worse in the south of France, I like to bring you back into the capital city, the eternal Paris.

There are no words to describe the city, why bothered , millions have try and there is always something new.  And , there is always something old seldom seen or off the beaten path of Paris. This is the case of the Musée National de la Legion d’Honneur et des ordres de chevalerie, something like the National Museum of the legion of honor and the orders of chivalry.

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I have to admit, never thought of coming here until my oldest son got a training job on his restaurant degree at the House of Polytechnicians (Maison des Polytechniciens) nearby (often call the X) , and even after trips to the Musée d’Orsay never had ventured here before. Well so much to see even if living here ,there is always more and more, more lots more to see. The webpage of the X for the curious is here:  Maison des Polytechniciens

The National Museum of the Legion of Honour and orders of Chivalry , a national Museum of Art and History dedicated to the orders of chivalry and merit, decorations and medals, both French and foreign. It is located in the Hotel de Salm in the 7éme arrondissement of Paris, right across from the Orsay Museum.

The museum was created on the initiative of General Dubail, Grand Chancellor of the Legion of Honour, and financed by an open subscription among the legionaries and military medalists, whose success was particularly keen in the United States. It was inaugurated in 1925. The initial nucleus of the collections, composed of the Grand Chancellery Fund, of National Museum deposits, have been added, over time, to numerous donations of collectors , but also donations made by foreign States in order to complete the existing collections , finally prestigious purchases and items.

The museum occupies a modern wing built between 1922 and 1925 on the site of the former stables of the Hotel de Salm, overlooking the forecourt of the Musée d’Orsay. The museum presents its permanent collections on several levels, in thematic areas dedicated to: the history of the palace and the creation of the museum, the chivalrous and religious orders, the French royal orders,  the Legion of Honor, Imperial orders and memories of the first Empire, foreign orders, and  the French orders, decorations and medals of 1789 to the present day.

It is to this day, the only museum dedicated to the Phaleristics ( an auxiliary science of history which studies orders, fraternities, and award items such as medals and other decorations). The museum regularly organizes large-scale exhibitions, as well as exhibits of interest in orders, decorations and medals.

The Society of Friends of the National Museum of the Legion of Honor and orders of Chivalry was founded in 1970. More info here:  https://www.amis-musee-legiondhonneur.fr/

The Association of Ancient Hereditary Honors (AHH), is a non profit association created in 1967 that brings together in a friendly circle families of which at least three consecutive generations were received in the Order of the Legion of Honor. More info here:  http://www.honneurshereditaires.net/

Some webpages to help you plan your visit here and more information to have are

official legion of honor museum

Tourist office of Paris on the legion of honor museum

And one very much on the museum and all over France, Napoleon official family webpage today on the museum of the legion of honor: Napoleon organisation on the legion of honor museum

There you go another nice spot to visit while in Paris, and it should be given more recognition indeed, and more it is so close to the Orsay museum , it should be a 1-2 punch.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!

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October 31, 2018

And what about around Madeleine!

So been in Brittany long enough, its going to be about 7,5 yrs and it’s time to reminicent of my times in Versailles ,living,and working in Paris for about another 8 years. That is how long been living in France permanently. Bit of trivia, I am French before all that time ::)

I once worked in a beautiful area of Paris and my bragging was that I would need to walk in and around the Church of the Madeleine!!! Well let me tell you a bit more as have several blog posts on the Church already.

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The neighborhood or quartier of La Madeleine is the 31st of Paris located in the 8th district or arrondissement. It takes its name from the Church of the Madeleine. As you might know Paris is divided into 20 arrondisement of 4 quartiers each or 80 total since the grouping by Baron Haussmann in 1860 on orders of Emperor Napoleon III.

Located between the Avenue des Champs-Elysées and the Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Honoré, the Madeleine neighborhood includes embassies, major institutions and boutiques of art and luxury. The festive atmosphere of the neighborhood, given by many theaters, cinemas,but also breweries and restaurant, as well as the proximity of Gare Saint-Lazare, make it a very popular site. Symbol of the district, the Church of the Madeleine, replaces in the 18C the old parish church which has become too small. Transformed into a temple to the glory of the French armies by Napoleon III, the building takes, after many hesitations, the form of an ancient temple..

After a century of successive changes, the Church of the Madeleine was consecrated in 1842. Hosting today the great ceremonies, Te Deum or National funeral, the Madeleine is, on the other hand the richness of its architecture, one of the most photographed monuments of Paris.

Some of the renown buildings in this district are the Palais de l’Élysée, seat of the Presidency of the French Republic . The Hotel de Beauvau, seat of the Ministry of the Interior since 1861. Hotel de Charost, residence of the Ambassador of the United Kingdom in France. And the United States Embassy in France by Avenue Gabriel.

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Some of the better known and nicest streets in the quartier are :

Boulevard Malesherbes, Rue Tronchet (my route to work), Rue des Mathurins, Rue de la Ville –Lévêque, Cité Berryer, Rue d’Aguesseau, Rue de Suréne, Place Beauveau , Place de la Madeleine(past by it to work), Place des Saussaies, Passage de la Madeleine, and Square Louis XVI.

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Of course, the main attraction here is the Church of the Madeleine, and there isan Anglican Church Saint Georges of Paris too.

The Paris tourist office has more on the arrondissement and quartiers of the 8éme here: Tourist office of Paris on the Madeleine

Parking Tronchet by 31 Place de la Madeleine, and the one at Saint Lazare , as well as the parking Opera Meyerbeer are good underground parking that I have used over the years and central to all. My fav webpage is Neoparking:

https://en.neoparking.com/paris/car-park-metro-madeleine-p251/

The public transportation here is the Metro Madeleine lines 8, 12, 14. Bus lines 24, 42, 52, 84, and 94, all passed by the Square. The 94 is great from St Lazare to Montparnasse; the 24 , 42 ,and 84 is great for tourists on major sites.

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Some of the goodies I have enjoyed over the years on this neighborhood that are still there are

There is a nice marché aux fleurs or small flower market to the right of the Church of the Madeleine. The Place de la Madeleine, which took its present form in 1842, was an old flower market, some of which still remain today. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 8h to 19h30. Another general market is the La Madeleine at  Place de la Madeleine Open air market on the mail adjoining the left carriageway along the Church of La Madeleine, at the outlet of Boulevard Malesherbes. Open Tuesday and Friday from 7h30 to 13h

Other nice places to shop here that I had experience are

Les Trois Quartiers , 23 Boulevard de la Madeleine. Went around it every day to work and shop at Madelios! .Former department store built in 1932 and transformed in the 1990’s in offices and in commercial gallery with in particular the men’s ready-to-wear store Madelios (Au Printemps group) about fifteen shops specialised in cosmetics, clothing and perfumes, open from Monday to Saturday from 10h to 19h. It includes brands such as Yves Saint Laurent, Ralph Lauren and Madelios.

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Galerie de la Madeleine.  9 Place de la Madeleine or 30 Rue Boissy d’Anglas; near my photo place! Is an arcade dating back to the 19C. With very elegant architecture, two beautiful cariatydes decorate the main entrance, it houses numerous luxury retailers and food shops.

Monoprix, 9 boulevard de la Madeleine, a general store with all the goodies you need including groceries.

Massimo Dutti, 34 Rue Tronchet, for the men’s clothing…

For food related like wines the Spanish chain tops  Lavinia, 3-5 Boulevard de la Madeleine , the venerable Fauchon Paris, 30 Place de la Madeleine,

And for somenice Parisien chow, had tried these over the years with good experiences

 L’écluse Madeleine 9, rue Duphot

Tante Louise,15, place de la Madeleine

La Maison de la Truffe, 19 Place de la Madeleine

Café Madeleine 1 Rue Tronchet (my must stop on way to and back from work)

Caffe Corto 11 Rue Tronchet

As for lodgings well not tested by me as not needed but friends and business partners had tried these with good recommendations

Hôtel de Sèze, 16 Rue de Sèze

Madeleine Plaza Hotel, 33 Place de la Madeleine

Hôtel de l’Arcade, 9 Rue de l’Arcade, (this is a story ;I once was asked four times in the same week how to get here while walking to work from Gare St Lazare, I finally asked them what is there, and it was folks looking for this hotel lol.)

The thrill of walking is great and I always advice folks coming to Paris to do as much as possible and forget the transports. Granted , we need to get to Paris somehow, I do more often by car ,but once find a central parking garage the rest is on foot and long walks all over, sublime!!

Hope you enjoy the walk on gorgeous Paris. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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