For lovers of 18th Century architecture, furniture and art, there is no better museum than the Nissim de Camondo. Nestled on a quiet street just around the corner from the picturesque Parc Monceau, this is the quintessential museum for Downton Abbey lovers. Maintained as if the residents could easily return at any moment, you will be transported to the Belle Epoque of 18th Century life. Access is complete with upstairs private bedrooms, formal rooms on the main floor as well as downstairs ‘servants’ rooms, including a kitchen that will make you drool. One of my favorite rooms is the staff dining room. One can almost see Mr. Carson preparing to sit for tea while Mr. Barrow plots in the corner. Built in 1911 by Moise de Camondo in the Neoclassical style (but with modern amenities) to house his extensive collection of 18th century furniture and objects d’art, I find it one of the most fascinating glimpses into this world of life divided by upstairs and downstairs. Moise’s son was killed in WWI and the rest of his family were lost during WWII. This tragic series of events lead to the home being given to Les Arts Décoratifs. It is impeccably preserved and maintained in its original condition with no detail overlooked. From the massive china closet to the butler’s pantry to the private bedrooms, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Allow yourself to be transported to this magical era as you glimps life as it once was. Admission is only €9 which includes audio guide and is well worth the price. As always, I recommend buying your tickets on-line in advance to avoid the often chaotic museum lines. For disabled visitors, unfortunately there is only access to the main floor. But this in and of itself makes the visit worth while. The images below are from my visits to the museum. I hope you enjoy.