A day in Paris by Esprit de France #27

Sculpture Rodin par Esprit de France

Art and History on the Left Bank

On the theme of dance, the Musée Rodin features a collection of exceptional works all focused on dance, encompassing sculptures, photographs, sketches and antiques, plunging visitors into a graceful and poetic universe. Rodin’s fascination for dancing is recalled through his encounters with the forerunners of modern dance, such as Isadora Duncan, Loïe Fuller and Nijinsky – the Russian Ballet’s prodigy –, as well as famous oriental dancers such as Hanako or Cambodian dancers. Moreover, after meeting the exceptionally supple dancer and acrobat Alda Moreno, Rodin began his Mouvements de danse collection of sketches and small statues, on show here in full for the first time. Expressing the body’s life, translating its vital energy, its balance, its strength is at the heart of Rodin's creation. He uses assemblages to express the tension and flexibility of the body and to imagine bold unfoldings, between void and fullness, balance and imbalance.

After your visit, why not walk to the Hotel des Invalides, a highlight of French national memory and a listed historic monument? Louis XIV ordered the creation of this residence dedicated to war invalids. Today, it has mainly become the Army Museum featuring temporary exhibitions, such as Napoleon as a strategist on show right now. You may also wander through the gardens, and visit the two churches including the famous one housing the mausoleum of Napoleon’s tomb.

Le relais Louis XIII par Esprit de France

To end your day in style, we suggest dinner at the Relais Louis XIII, in the heart of the 6th district. On your way, stop for a gourmet break or an aperitif. But you may find it difficult to choose between these different prestigious brands, The Pastry of Dreams, the Café de Flore, the Deux Magots, the Rhumerie.

The Relais Louis XIII is a temple of top-of-the-range French gastronomy and is located in the heart of the 6th district on the remains of the Grands Augustins Convent, where Louis XIII was crowned King of France. Originally a coal store café (one of Picasso’s haunts), it became the Relais Louis XIII in 1961, keeping the original wood panelling and stonework intact. The restaurant boasts 2 Michelin stars, focuses on traditional French cuisine and is one of the capital’s top references. All the signature dishes are exquisite and we especially recommend the bass quenelle, the impeccably cooked Challans duck and the crisp vanilla cream slice to finish.