Musée Carnavalet is a fantastic free museum of the history of Paris. It's really worth a visit. (Update: Musée Carnavalet was free on my visits in 2013 and 2014, they now request a voluntary €5 payment).
I've never read Proust (well I did start one time, and I think I read one sentence or 20 or so pages, I wasn't ready for it), but I'm rather intrigued by him. I do like reading about Proust. I've got the audiobook of Alain de Botton's How Proust Can Change Your Life on in the car at the moment, and it got me to thinking about Proust again.
|The lovely courtyard at Carnavalet|
Proust's famous cork lined room. I don't remember it as quite so yellow as it seems in my photos. It certainly wasn't what I expected of a cork lined room.
Alain de Botton in How Proust can Change Your Life describes Proust as "a man who has spent the last 14 years lying in a narrow bed under a pile of thinly woven blankets writing an unusually long novel without an adequate bedside lamp."
|The inadequate bedside lamp|
|Portrait of Proust's father, Dr Adrian Proust,|
a famous author in his own right and an
eminent public health physician
The commentary indicates that the furniture and objects are from three successive addresses where Proust lived in Paris after the death of his parents.
102 Boulevard Haussmann (December 1906 - Juin 1919)
8 rue Laurent Pichat (July- September 1919)
44 rue Hamelin (October 1919 - 16 November 1922)
Apparently the cork was installed in 1910 at Boulevarde Haussmann at the suggestion of Anna de Noailles ( who has the adjoining room in the Musée Carnavalet) to give him the silence necessary for his writing. He was to write the majority of Á la Recherché du Temps Perdu lying in his single brass bed.
I've had two quick visits to Musée Carnavalet, but still haven't had the time to do the audio tour. Clearly, I need to go back.
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|Paris in July 2016|