Lots of culture
19.05.2011 - 19.05.2011 23 °C
The day started with a walk around the Old Town with a fascinating visit to the Palais Lascaris. If someone told you that this 17th-century palace had a harp museum and an orginal 18th-century pharmacy, you might not get too excited. But, this place was really a great find; the oldest trombone in the world (1581), the history of the Erard Harp manufacturers and a fine collection of both old harps and pianos, one of which is a Calderarpa harp played by a piano keyboard attached to one side. And free admission! Don't miss it.
Then it was off the Matisse Museum which is free and just about worth seeing (his Louis XV armchair was my highlight)
And finally the Chagall Museum which is a pretty high EU7.50 to get in. I am not a great fan of his religous works but Jeni loved it all. I did like the stained-glass and the tapestry that was commissioned by the State of Israel as part of three tapestries for the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. The Knesset Chagall tapestries were woven at the Gobelins, the “Royal Manufacture” created by Louis XIV. To this day Gobelins tapestries are not available for sale, they are only woven as gifts of state.