Musée National de Moyen Age

Feeling over-Impressioned by your Parisian museum visits? Then I've got a recommendation for you: The Musée National de Moyen Age (National Museum of the Middle Ages) combines the ruins of 1st through 3rd-century Roman baths with the 15th-century residence of the abbots of Cluny and showcases tapestries, ceramics, stained glass, paintings, and other medieval arts and crafts.

In October, November, January and February there are free concerts (by which I mean free with your museum admission of €5,50) on Fridays at 12:30 PM and Saturdays at 4 PM. On January 31, 2003 and February 1, 2003 the selection will be Musique au temps de Jeanne d'Arc, or music from the era of Joan of Arc. I think I'd enjoy that very much.

This afternoon, we enjoyed the middle age compositions of Guillame de Machaut. Sitting amongst 13th-century stone heads of the Kings of Judah while listening to the work of a 14th-century musician being produced by a strange assortment of medieval intruments (one flute-like object looked like a ram's horn) was as close as I've come to time-travel in quite some time. If only a comely lass had arrived with a cup of mead…