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.