The second day of our London trip (we’re back-tracking a bit here…) started with a visit to Kensington Palace. I’d never visited Kensington Palace before, not that I can remember at least; and our hotel was just around the corner which didn’t hurt!
Sat out in the 18th arrondissement is Montmartre, a district of Paris which used to be just outside the city walls back in the day. Montmartre took its name from Mons Martis, or the Mount of Mars, so technically Montmartre is the name of the hill, but it has given its name to the entire area. The district has been occupied since Roman times, and later, in the Middle Ages, it became home to a monastery founded by King Louis VI. The monastery incorporated an existing church, Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, which is one of the oldest surviving churches in Paris, dating back to the 9th century.
It’s one of the most well-known museums in Paris, and in fact, the world. Its collection is housed in an old train station, the Gare d’Orsay, which was finished in 1900 and was built for the Universal Exhibition in the same year. So really, the station was a work of art in and of itself.
With over 80,000 objects in their collection, the Musée des Arts et Métiers is a pretty important one. It is an industrial design museum, which houses the collection of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers. The Conservatoire was founded back in 1794 with the task of preserving the most important scientific instruments and inventions. It is even thought to be one of the oldest technical and industrial museums in the world!