House Museums French Style

Today I visited two small ‘house’ museums: La Maison de Balzac and Musée de la Vie romantique. The first is the house Balzac retreated to in 1840 and lived for seven years. The second was a centre of intellectual, artistic and literary group that included most interestingly for me, George Sand (Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin). … Continue reading

Bones and Liberty

Although I’ve been in Paris a week now, I’ve only managed to get to a few museums. Yesterday was by far the best I’ve seen. My brother and I headed off to the Catacomb, knowing it would be spooky, but not really what to expect. I was impressed by the interpretation in the tunnels about … Continue reading

Beautiful end to 2010

Things are pretty quite around these parts at the moment. I’m just starting to think about which museums and galleries I want to visit on my upcoming trip to Paris and London. In my searching I watched this beautiful video that I thought was worth sharing, not least because it made me add Petit Palais, Musée … Continue reading

‘Digger Nurses on the Western Front, 1916-1919’

I have been reading this book by Rosemary Lancaster about Australian women who travelled, lived and worked in France from 1880 to 1945. It is wonderfully interesting and I’m thoroughly enjoying it. I was going to do a full review when I’d finished it but last night I read the chapter on the WWI nurses … Continue reading

Rare 1802 Map of Sydney

I first learnt I loved history enough to want to be an Historian in Sydney. It is a funny city – when you are in it it *is* Australia – it is big enough and mean enough to completely eclipse the rest of the country. So the history I learnt there was very Sydney-centric, very … Continue reading