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The snow that blanketed Paris for a day or two was beautiful. I was told this is a rare event. The snow washed away very quickly, but it was pretty while it lasted. I have a feeling it will visit again. For now, here is a photo of Paris in the snow.
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La Tour Maubourg and Invalides
 
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Voyage en Capitale on view through February 27. Metro: Saint-Paul.
The history of Louis Vuitton's travel luggage debuts for the first time at the Musée Carnavalet. 

Voyage en Capitale takes visitors on a journey inside the world of Louis Vuitton's remarkable travel trunks.  

You don't have to be a fan of the fashion label to appreciate this exhibit. The show also tells a story about first class travel in the 1800s and early 1900s. 

There were several beautifully crafted examples on display including trunks that stored clothing, toiletries, dolls, shoes, teas, shoes, and linens. Intimate photographs and artwork accompany the exhibit.

Voyage en Capitale is on view until February 27. The 9 euro ($12) ticket also includes a visit through the rest of the Musee Carnavalet. It's definitely worth taking the time to see the whole museum. 
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The Musee Carnavalet
The Musée Carnavalet features over 100 galleries devoted to the history of Paris with artwork and period rooms from the 16th through the 20th centuries. 

The building's facade is quite impressive and it's considered to the best examples of architecture in the Marais district. I agree. 

The museum's courtyard (left) is not only beautiful, but offers a quiet retreat from the busy streets.



a glimpse inside the courtyard...

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details...
  • Musée Carnavalet is located at 23, rue de Sevigne.
  • Metro: Saint-Paul, Rambuteau, or Chemin Vert.
  • Bus lines: 29, 69, 76, 96.
  • The museum is free, but there is a fee for special exhibits. The Louis Vuitton exhibit is 9 euros ($12).
  • Voyage en Capitale is on display until February 27, 2011.
  • The map below will help guide you to the museum. 


 
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A dramatic installation by Karl Lagerfeld
If you love fashion and photography, then make sure to stop by the Karl Lagerfeld photo exhibit at the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie. 

This is the first time Lagerfeld has debuted his images in Paris. The German fashion designer is most notably known as the creative director of Chanel and Fendi

The Paris-based designer's passion for photography began in 1987 when he started shooting for magazines and advertisements. 

The exhibit is a collaboration of this work and his personal images that he shot during his travels.

The show is divided into two areas. The first theme showcases his professional photography that covers fashion, celebrity portraits, landscapes, and architecture. 

The other area features his experimental photographic printing. These installations were quite innovative, unexpected, and fresh. 

The exhibit feels like a personal journey into Lagerfeld's perspective on beauty and style. He is a true visionary who has captured the beauty of places and people.  The exhibit is on view until October 31.


"Photography is part of my life. I no longer see life without its vision."    --Karl Lagerfeld



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5/7 rue de Fourcy. Metro: Pont-Marie or Saint-Paul.
details...
  • The photo exhibit is on-view until Oct. 31.
  • Maison Europeenne de la Photographie is on 5/7 rue de Fourcy in the 4th Arrondissement. 
  • Metro: Pont-Marie or Saint-Paul
  • Open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am-8pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. 
  • Full price for admission is 7 euros ($12). Students under 26: 4 euros ($9). Free on Wednesday after 5pm. 
  • This map should help guide you to the museum.

 
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The Nightingale of Heinz Installation by French artist Erik Samakh.
Paris made a scene on Saturday night. And, it was all for the sake of art--the contemporary art festival Nuit Blanche.  

For one night (all night), 41 works of art by contemporary artists were on display throughout the city's museums, theaters, churches, art schools, centers, city squares, and galleries. 

The city was filled with crowds and crowds of people enjoying live music, dance, and outsider art. You didn't need to have an appreciation for the art scene to enjoy the installations, sculptures, videos, and performance art. 

Here are a few highlights from the event. 

To get a better taste of the event, check out this video.