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October 12, 2015

Archives Nationales

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Musée des Archives Nationales by Dear Laura Musée des Archives Nationales by Dear Laura Musée des Archives Nationales by Dear Laura Musée des Archives Nationales by Dear Laura
Woaaah, hey there. I'm still alive. And I have so many photos to share. I just never found the time to sit in front of my computer for a solid 30 to 40 minutes to edit the photos and write a proper post. But now I do, so here I am! First up, the museum of National Archives – musée des Archives Nationales in french. This has been on my list of places to visit in Paris for as long as I can remember and now I can finally scratch it off my list. Sort of.

The greatest appeal of the National Archives and its small museum is the stunning twinset of hôtels particuliers they are squirreled away in. Dating from the early 18th century, Hôtel de Rohan and Hôtel de Soubise are painted in the late baroque – also known as Rococo – style, with antique furniture and 18th-century paintings, alongside a rather dry collection of documents on display (the most interesting and precious are hidden away in the archives). Unfortunately, the museum was closed on that day (note to self: check museum opening hours before leaving apartment), so I took a little walk in the stunning garden before heading back home. But, I'll be back soon(ish). I want to visit the museum so badly.

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