While my summer job in Paris was quite different than normal, I did have a few opportunities to get out to see some exhibits and do a little shopping. One of the exhibits that I had wanted to see was Paris 1900 – La Ville Spectacle at the Petit Palais. The exhibit meshed well with my recent trip to Nancy, with a nod to the Art Nouveau movement. I particularly enjoyed the advertising posters for the original Expo in 1900, the Lumière brothers film footage, and the juxtaposition of what life was life for different social classes. It’s on until August 17, 2014, if you’ll be in Paris in the next two weeks.
A great time to visit any museum is during une nocturne (oon noktoorn), the one evening each week that a museum stays open until late, usually 10 PM instead of 6 PM. In Paris, it’s also a time that tends to be less popular with tourists, so the lines to get in are not as long and the rooms are not as crowded once you do get inside.