Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Paris | Museum Nissim De Camondo

As some of you may know I'm a fan of The Londoner and the last time she was in Paris, she spoke of going to this museum, that well... wasn't really a museum, more of a wonderfully restored 18th Century Parisian Townhouse. 

And that place was Nissim de Camondo

Open to the public to walk around, enjoy and admire. 

For a person like me, with loves like Interior Design and Downton Abbey, I was in there like swimwear. 

The place appears, exactly as though the family has simply stepped out for a moment. Letting you have a peak in their home, while there run errands. 

I spy a hidden room! 

A little information on the place...

Moise de Camondo, a wealthy french banker and owner of the home,  had hoped to one day leave the house to his son Nissim,  but sadly Nissim died during WW1. 
After the loss of his son, Moise decided to donate the house in its entirety to the French state, on the condition that they would leave it as it was and allow others to enjoy it. 
They opened it as a museum the year after MoĆ­se de Camondo died in 1935. Tragically however, the family died out. They were Jewish, and the French handed them over to the Nazis during WW2. 
None of the Camondo clan survived WW2. The house stands, not just as a museum of French history, but as a memory to them and other families who were lost in the war.

We strolled in and out of grand parlours and bedroom, at our leisure and away from the tourist track.
It was bliss and peaceful and I would whole-heartedly recommend a trip to Musee Nissim De Camondo to anyone.

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