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All that Jazz - and then some!


There are 5000 museums in Paris - I kid you not. Many travelers visit Paris and never discover one of its precious sights - the Musee Marmottan. It is a little out of the way, but the Metro will get you there. If you love Monet's paintings, you're in for an incredible and indelible experience. Many of his finest paintings are there! Get to the Orangerie for the late, great Water Lilies, or to Giverny if you can (an easy day trip out of Paris), but cap it off with a visit to the Marmottan. Marmottan-Claude Monet, 2, Rue Louis Boilly (Metro stop: Muette) Tel 01-42-24-07-02

Jacquemart-Andre Museum, Boulevard Haussman. This museum, reopened last year, is one of the true jewels of Paris. The collection of paintings and furniture, accumulated in the 19th century by a couple for their palatial haute-bourgeois home on Boulevard Haussman, is nothing short of magnificent. You'll see works of art, French and Italian, that you studied in school. Take the tape tour, offered in seven or so languages, and unique, in that by punching in a number (on a particular painting or objet d'art), you'll get a full description of its history. Check at your hotel or in Pariscope for hours and days of opening. And don't miss a visit. Favorable comparisons to the Frick Museum in New York are absolutely on target. It's unforgettable-and you'll want to return!

No one who has visited Paris before needs an introduction to the Grand Palais, Avenue du General Eisenhower. The museum is closed Tuesday, so factor that into your schedule.

The Maillol Museum is also well worth a visit. Completed last year in an old mansion on the Rue de Grenelle between Rue du Bac and Boulevard Raspail, it permanently exhbits the work of the 20th century sculptor Maillol, his personal art collection and every few months, a new exhibition of acontemporary artist.

Baccarat Gallery-Museum
The magnificent turn-of-the century mansion that belonged to Charles and Marie Laure de Noailles at 11 place des Etats-Unis was purchased by Baccarat, crystal maker for two hundred and forty years and has become their headquarters in Paris. But it is unlike any corporate headquarters you could imagine, thanks to the freedom given by the Taittingers, Baccarat’s owners, to Phillipe Starck. This master designer/artist who made his mark in furniture, followed by hotel design, has created a setting worthy of the magic of glass-making—a veritable crystal palace. It is a Museum-Gallery and can and should be seen by every interested visitor to Paris. It is open for viewing from Monday to Saturday (except holidays) from 10AM to 7PM. Tel: 01-40-22-11-00. Get a preview by visiting their web site - and be sure to include it on your itinerary the next time you are in Paris.

Musee Nissim de Camondo, 63, rue de Monceau, 75008 Paris, Tel: 01-53-89-06-50;
You may have visited this museum in years past, but its time to visit again. Additional rooms have been opened and a recent re-visit felt like a first visit. In 1910, Comte Moise de Camondo, a great collector of 18th century furniture and art, commissioned an architect to design a new mansion (on the property that had housed his parents home) that would be reminiscent of the Petit Trianon at Versailles. Both the mansion and the collection are a testament to exquisite taste and a collector’s grand vision. Check the website or call for visiting hours.

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The French love film, especially American films. You may not realize it, but many of our current hits are screened in Paris in English. If you've got a few hours on a rainy day, had enough museums, galleries, shopping, touring - and there's a flick you've been meaning to catch, check the listings and look for VO after the title (original voice). Pariscope will also give you movie times and locations.

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All that Jazz - and then some!

It's been 20 years since the Jazz Club Lionel Hampton was created at Le Meridien Etoile, 81 boulevard Gouvion St. Cyr, Paris 17, Res: 01-40-68-30-42. And what a club it is. We were privileged to see Vivian Reed and her entourage perform a dazzling hour and a half of blues, swing, jazz, gospel and tap dance. She blew us out of our seats. We were standing and clapping, singing along. It was great. So, check with your concierge for performance schedule, have your dinner a little earlier than usual, grab a cab and make the ten o'clock performance of whatever jazz great - vocalist or instrumental - is on stage at the Jazz Club.

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