What to see with the “Paris Museum Pass” – Part 2


In the last blog post I wrote about the merits of getting the “Paris Museum Pass.” For detailed info on why, how to buy, and cost for the pass click, see the previous post.

When I used the “Paris Museum Pass” I saw a few locations I wouldn’t have otherwise, PLUS I visited museums that I have always wanted to and now had the perfect opportunity to do so. The “Paris Museum Pass” will help you skip long lines at the main attractions and it will take you further afield to explore more of the city!


What to see in Paris BEYOND the Main attractions AND with the “Paris Museum Pass”

  • The Pantheon is an 18th century mausoleum with stunning murals that illustrate the life of Saint Genevieve (by Pierre Puvis Chavannes) and dramatic sculptures. The interior space is grand and has Foucault’s Pendulum at the center; the French physicist Foucault, suspended a weight from the dome in 1851 to prove his theory of the Earth’s rotation. The mausoleum is also the resting place of major historical figures: Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Emile Zola and Marie Curie to name a few. Find out more on the official website by clicking here: http://www.paris-pantheon.fr/en/


  • Museum de Montmartre was another museum I visit because I had the pass; which I found to be a charming house museum and garden. Various artists used the house and you can see an artist’s studio, a small art collection and posters. Find out more on the official website by clicking here: http://museedemontmartre.fr/en/le-musee/


  • Picasso Museum – I did truly want to see this museum, so the fact that it was included on the Pass was fabulous. The Museum is located in a gorgeous building and is full of Picasso’s work from the basement to the top floors. The building also has a tiny garden at one end and a small roof café. Plus the neighborhood (the Marais) is very artsy and full of wonderful cafes and pastry shops. My pass did work for the special exhibition at this museum. Find out more on the official website by clicking here: http://www.museepicassoparis.fr/en/


  • The Decorative Arts Museum (Les Arts Decoratifs) – another nice bonus is to enter this museum if you have time. My pass did not include the special exhibition, but I went to see a fashion exhibit that was well worth it! Plus I skipped an enormous line and over an hour wait to get into the general museum. This museum is rather large and just walking through the rooms to see the architecture is inspiring. As with most museum stores, this museum store is full of wonderfully creative objects and stunning books. Find out more on the official website by clicking here: http://madparis.fr/en/


  • Museum des Arts et Metiers – This Industrial Design Museum is really very interesting, especially if you are interested in engineering, automobiles and planes. The main museum is adjacent to a church which has been repurposed as part of the museum that illustrates the history of the automobile; seeing the vast reverent space with antique planes and cars is a peculiar yet inspiring sight. The surrounding neighborhood is full of shops, wonderful local restaurants, a university and is near the garment district. Find out more about the museum on the official website by clicking here: https://www.arts-et-metiers.net/musee/visitor-information



  • Musee de Cluny – This is actually a must-see location that I would not only highly recommend but that I would have seen with or without the “Paris Museum Pass.” The mansion is right in the heart of Paris, not far from the Sorbonne. The Cluny mansion and museum transports you to the 15th century and houses a rich collection of medieval sculptures, art and the famous “lady and a unicorn” tapestries. Find out more about the museum on the official website by clicking here: http://www.musee-moyenage.fr/visiter/english.html


  • Musee National de l’Orangerie – Since I read “Linnea in Monet’s Garden” as a child, I have always wanted to see the water lily paintings in Paris. On my first visit to Paris the Orangerie was closed for renovations and I was so disappointed that my trip would not include these classics. Fortunately, I was able to visit Paris again and the museum was open! The museum has a small exhibition space downstairs, but the real draw is the water lily paintings and the rooms specially designed to fit the curved paintings. It was just as I imagined! Find out more about the museum on the official website by clicking here: http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/en


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Travel Memoir – Published



Has Anyone Seen My Elephant? and other tales from a traveler’s diary
By Gerald and Patricia Heggen

A travel memoir book filled with amusing stories, adventures, laughs, and more! Available on Amazon – click here to purchase!


My grandparents traveled the world together for over 40 years. On a very tight budget, they went on one to two trips a year starting in 1971. From Europe, to Asia to South America, they saw everything they could, meet interesting people along the way, and recorded their stories in this book.

Growing up, I have fond memories of gathering in my grandparents living room every other summer to watch the latest slide show of pictures from their recent travels. I sat on the floor and stared in wonder at the photos, listening to my grandparent’s tales and explanations of each photo. My grandparents influenced me more than ever to travel, and I have! Read the book to inspire your travels!


An excerpt from the book:

Chapter: 1994 – India – Story within the chapter:


Land of the Monkey

Former maharajah palace accommodations are now history. The Methodist Mission House here in Bombay is home for tonight. Lodging is spartan as the name of the place suggests. But we have a fellow guest who adds a bit of class. Alan Alda is a guest here. He is working on a film. Bombay is truly the film capital of the world-not our Hollywood. Although the city is not lacking in five star hotels, Alan Alda chose the Mission House. Tomorrow we catch the 7:00 AM train to our mission duty at Miraj.

Our reserved seats are in the air conditioned first class car but we find that car has a “Bad Order” label on the side. This meant the car is being removed from the train. We will be riding in the company of India’s common folk-a good introduction into our life style for the next few months.

This train serves every town and village. So we will be 12 hours en route. Every station stop attracts hundreds of people. Platforms are so dense with humanity, one questions how that many can board the train. Among the crowd are food vendors hawking eats, which have tempting aromas. We have been told this food is prepared in homes under poor hygienic conditions and we must resist eating them. Fruit is plentiful so that will be our fare for the day.

We are pulling into a station and are surprised to find the platform deserted – no passengers, no vendors, no railway employees with the exception of one coming through the cars calling out “monkeys-monkeys.” Suddenly hundreds of migrating monkeys are everywhere. Train cars, which are not air-conditioned, have steel bars over the windows. Now we know why. Since the animals have long arms, we are ordered to not sit close to the window and hang on to any items within their reach. Many have offspring clinging to them. This variety does not appear to be an endangered species.

The frenzy ended as quickly as it began. The throng taking refuge in the station is pouring onto the platform. Normal station activity is taking place. The stationmaster waves the green flag. The train moves on!


To read the entire book, purchase on Amazon by clicking here.