You know the anticipation you feel when you are about to walk into a special building, park, or even a home? You are not really sure what to expect.. You can see it’s beauty from the outside, but when you actually walk in, it takes your breath away!
Well, these are my feelings about The Paris Opera house, known as Palais Garnier, which was built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera.
The emperor Napoleon III held an architectural design competition for the new opera house in 1860, and he awarded the job to Charles Garnier, hence the name.
I have wandered around the outside many times, marveling at the gold details, huge columns, statues, and famous composers etched in stone.
Finally, I went inside! Yeap, twice in the last month, once with my hubby and again with My Mama. I had to take her back to explore the lavish interior design.
The grand staircase made of colored marble is over the top gorgeous. But, once I looked up and saw the masterpiece on the ceiling I stared for 30 minutes.
Everywhere I glanced, I saw intricate details, lighting, and colors that drew me in. Photos cannot do justice to how grand the Opera feels when walking in.
When I walked into the grand foyer, I was in awe!! Imagine, a very long, shimmering, room with extremely high ceilings, and every-inch covered in gold! There are countless LARGE chandeliers, mirrors, windows, and fireplaces that add light.
The first time I visited the Opera, I did not see the Salon de la Lune and Salon du Soleil (balconies at the front of the Opera). So, the 2nd visit with my Mom we had a blast snapping photos, people watching, and imagining what it must have been like in the late 1800s as an Opera guest, looking over the city from a royal balcony.
Finally, I have to share the library museum that is now owned by The Bibliothèque Nationale de France. I turned a corner and there it was.. This lovely gem!
I had an amazing time during both visits, and I saw new details each time. I might have to go back, and hopefully I will go for a show one day.