Christmas is fast approaching and it seems as if everyone is full steam ahead preparing for the big day. I hope that you're enjoying the season and that life isn't too hectic! I'm very much looking forward to my Christmas present this year - a weekend in Paris. We've been planning it for ages and finally the departure date is in sight...I'll definitely be checking out the Christmas markets whilst we are there.
Another top attraction for me will be the famous Deyrolle. It's hard to catagorise this building, some argue it's a shop whilst others claim it's more a minature natural history museum. My husband is a scientist so I guess that I'll be using the second argument to persuade him that we really do need to stop by as I'm sure he won't want to spend the entire trip shopping! Deyrolle was established right back in 1831 so I'm sure I don't need to point out the richness of its history.
It is full of Victorian curiosities and also some pretty outstanding taxidermy which has featured in films (including the recent Midnight in Paris) and inspired countless artists, from Louis Vuitton to Karen Knorr who created this beautiful composition - among others - for her collection entitled 'Fable'.
The giraffe in this picture was actually alive and not a taxidermy piece although other animals from the taxidermy collection at Deyrolle were used in Fable. You can read more about it here.
I'm looking forward to checking out the Deyrolle poster room. Perhaps we can pick up something special for our home study - or maybe Father Christmas can.
If you have any other 'must sees' in Paris please do let me know. I promise to share any other treasures I find with you in return.