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Okay, I’ve mucked around with everything and now the internet is working but the phone line is dead. Ah, well, change is interesting.

I felt sufficiently recovered from jet lag to go to yoga this evening. Our yoga teacher has some interesting sayings on occasion. Tonight, she told the class, as we are all lying down awaiting her instructions, to ‘…direct your mind into your anus …’

absolute silence as the class lies thinking, oh no, what’s she going to say now

‘…Now, clench and release…’

no, no, not the clench and release… God help us all

Well, okay. I have coped.

But I wanted to tell you about another place in Paris I really loved.

The National Museum of the Middle Ages (Musée National du Moyen Âge), also known as the Cluny Museum. The building itself is fascinating. This excerpt is from http://www.sacred-destinations.com/france/paris-cluny-museum-of-middle-ages:

“The Musée National du Moyen Age is housed in the Hôtel de Cluny, one of only two remaining medieval homes in Paris (the other is the Hôtel de Sens in the Marais). The building was founded by the rich and powerful 15th-century abbot of Cluny Abbey, Jacques d’Amboise, who constructed his mansion over the ruins of a Roman bath.

In addition to abbots, the Hôtel de Cluny hosted other notable residents, including Mary Tudor, widow of Louis XII, beginning in 1515. Seized during the French Revolution, the Cluny was rented in 1833 to Alexandre du Sommerard, an amateur art collector who was fascinated with the Middle Ages. After his death in 1842, the government bought the building and the collection.”

It is just like you would imagine a small medieval castle would look. Stone carvings, little turrets and gargoyles, stone courtyard, curving stone stairs… it’s a beautiful and romantic building.

I couldn’t believe the hollyhocks were growing out of the cobbles!

The collection inside is absolutely amazing, all sorts of treasures. And of course, it houses the famous Lady and the Unicorn tapestry.

This is just one of the panels- the best one. There are four of them, housed in a special light-controlled room and no photography is allowed, so this image is from the same web site as mentioned before.

It was quite thrilling for me to see this tapestry. I had a small obsession with unicorns when I was young and romantic, so was quite familiar with reproductions of it. It was even more incredible in real life of course.

Despite the fantastic collection, the museum is worth going into even just to see the interior of the building. This room had me in raptures:

Can you believe that such a place really exists?

Behind the building, a reinterpretation of the traditional medieval parterre garden has been made.

A very special place.