Nuit Blanche is an annual all-night art festival in Paris. During this one evening, which is typically in October, museums are opened until the wee hours of the morning with free admission and art exhibits are on display throughout the city. Mr. Selfish and I were lucky enough to be in Paris for Nuit Blanche 2012, which was on October 6th. We went with my little Parisian cousin, Lisa, and had a blast – despite the rain.
First, we headed to the Grand Palais. It is located on the Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement. I always admired the building and figured we would take advantage of the free admission during Nuit Blanche. The line was quite long, but it was still early in the evening so the line moved quickly. We were only in line for about 20 minutes.
Inside the Grand Palais was the Bohèmes exhibit, which primarily focused on art depicting gypsies. It was an interesting exhibit which showed the evolution of how artists depicted gypsies – from the sinister fortune teller to the jolly dancer. Mr. Selfish also appreciated the live music.
Then, we decided to walk to the Musee des Arts Decoratifs. It was quite a scenic walk in the rain.
The line was quite long at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs. We waited for an hour and 15 minutes to get in to see the Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry exhibit. Although the exhibit was amazing, that line was ridiculously long. Plus, no photographs were allowed inside. By the time we got out, it was past midnight. We took a quick stroll by the Louvre and headed home. We didn’t get home until past 1:00 a.m., which is certainly very late for me and Mr. Selfish. We had fun though – yay for Nuit Blanche!