France: Paris Opera House

From the day I found out I was going on this trip, I was determined to go to the Palais Garnier, also known as the Paris Opera House. You know, the one haunted by the Phantom of the Opera? Ohhhh, that Paris Opera House. Turns out there actually is a need to make a distinction, as the actual Opéra National de Paris performs at the Bastille, not the Palais Garnier. The latter mostly hosts ballet performances now, but it is the historical home of the opera, as well as the fictional home of the poor misunderstood Phantom.

Sadly, it didn’t work out that I was able to see a performance (either opera or ballet) at the Palais Garnier, but I was able to spend a few hours touring the building and envisioning myself as an operagoer in the nineteenth century, complete with elegant evening gown on the sweeping staircase. Ooh la la! I’ll let the photos do (most of) the rest of the talking.

We came out of the Métro station and... there it was!

We came out of the Métro station and… there it was!

Ceiling and chandeliers in the main foyer.

Ceiling and chandeliers in the main foyer.

The grand staircase. Glad I at least wore a long skirt so I could pretend it was a gown!

The grand staircase. Glad I at least wore a long skirt so I could pretend it was a gown!

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The artwork on the ceiling in the main foyer was all made up of scenes from various operas and ballets.

The artwork on the ceiling in the main foyer was all made up of scenes from various operas and ballets.

Box Five, the Phantom of the Opera's box.

Box Five, the Phantom of the Opera’s box.

Balconies all around the main foyer.

Balconies all around the main foyer.

Chandelier in the Refreshment Room.

Chandelier in the Refreshment Room.

The Refreshment Room, where operagoers could enjoy food and drink before, during, and after a performance.

The Refreshment Room, where operagoers could enjoy food and drink before, during, and after a performance.

The Grand Ballroom, or Great Foyer, or something like that. I call it the Gold Room, for obvious reasons.

The Grand Ballroom, or Great Foyer, or something like that. I call it the Gold Room, for obvious reasons.

It's hard not to feel like a princess in that room.

It’s hard not to feel like a princess in that room.

Aïda's wedding dress.

Aïda’s wedding dress.

A costume made especially for and worn by Luciano Pavarotti.

A costume made especially for and worn by Luciano Pavarotti.

Armor of the gods in Wagner's Ring Cycle.

Armor of the gods in Wagner’s Ring Cycle.

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