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“A Pilgrimage For Admirers Of Ravel”

Musee Maurice Ravel
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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We booked a few months in advance since it appears that tours (limited to six) are only offered on weekends now. The house is not presented as a museum but rather as if Ravel was just out for the day and would soon return, at least that's how our guide made us feel. As others have noted, they may allow one to play Ravel's piano which is kept in tune. In our group three people played and each were overwhelmed by the experience. For fans of Ravel it truly is a pilgrimage made even more worthwhile by the lovely nearby town where we had a delightful lunch at the restaurant La Place.

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Reviewed May 3, 2012

This tiny museum (Ravel's house) is only open certain days and you have to phone to book. There are three or four tours in a day and a maximum of 7 visitors at a time but don't let all that put you off. It is a bijou of a museum- everything left as Ravel had it. Crammed with knicknacks furniture and paintings it is hard to find floor space to stand on! Beautiful views over a very pretty little garden and the surrounding countryside. It is a guided tour in French but the lady who showed us round tried very hard to convey what she wanted to say in simple French and sign language. It worked and we had a really good visit.

3  Thank JANDDBritinParis
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Reviewed January 30, 2011

My visit was in May 1963... They did not allow me to chose a date after 2011.

I am a professional musician and Ravel is one of my favorite composers.For that reason, it was a rare privilege to visit his home.At that time, in order to visit, one had to have the personal permission of the Director of the Louvre. Our guide was the caretaker, a friend of Ravel's housekeeper, Mme. Revélot. She only spoke French and fortunately, my French was adequate. I sat and played his piano, looked through the music in the magazine stand on one side of the piano . I touched the minature bronze hand of Debussy that Ravel used to hold and rub when he was concentrating. Our guide insisted that I wind up the pretty toys inside glass domes that were given to him by friends -- one was a ship on "water" that, when wound up, looked as if it was on waves of a storm. I believe this one was given to him by Roland-Manuel. The stjudio was very small, with a small divan, desk with cahir and the grand piano. In the living room I saw his Japanese procelain collection in a lighted book case built into the wall between his studio and the living room. We walked sown stairs on the outside to get to Rvel's bedroom and bath. His friend Leyritz had decorated it in Moroccan style with a canopy over the bed. again the room was small. The bathroom was the most interesting. It contained two small chests of drawers. White linen towels covered the tops where his manicure, shaving implements [straight razors, brush, etc], scissors and more were laid out in a very precise fashion. The caretaker said it was just as he kept it. The color scheme was black and white... the floor was small black and white tiles. Also on this level was his small irregularly shaped [a rough triangle] garden with a small greenhouse. At the back was a gate. In Ravel's day he and his guests would go out the gate to have picknics in the countryside. [There were no houses behind his home.] She graciously answered almost all my questions. She obviously was not plaeased when I asked about Madeleine Grey, a famous singers who introduced many of his songs. I wasn't sure whether she felt Mme. Grey was not a virtous woman or abjected to her because she was Jewish. She seemed to have no such feeling about Mme. Long, a pianist who was Ravel's favorite interpreter of his piano music.

This formidable lady was dressed in a long wool [serge] skirt and a white long sleeved blouse with a lace ruff at the neck. She could well have come right out of 1900 France. Her posture was very erect. She told us that she was the best friend of Mme. Revélot and was chosen to take her place after she died.

The hour and a half I spent in Le Belvedere was the most memorable time of my whole trip to France -- and tha's saying something.

The huge Cathedral dominates the town and is certainly worth a visit. The walk from the train station to Montfort l'Amaury was beautiful -- wild flowers grew on the roadside and the whole way was flaked by enormous old trees. We ate at the station before taking the train back to Paris. The food was absolutely delicious. I kept trying to get a menu, only to find out that they had only one lunch choice.

You should allow a whole day to visit. There is a shrine to St. Anne, but we did not have time to visit.

9  Thank stepfanielee
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Reviewed October 25, 2009

Visited the place in August 2009, cycling on a day-trip from Chevreuse. It is situated slightly up the hill, below the castle ruins. Montfort itself is a really picturesque and quite lively village as regards shops and cafes, and you could easily spend a day or more there, or use it as a base for exploring he region. There is a large cycle of stained glass in the church on the central square, which leans a bit upwards against the hill. When you reach this square, you go down a lane to the tourist office in order to book
a guided tour of the Ravel Villa; only 5 people are allowed at a time, and the tours take place a few times every day (check theirpartan web-site). The villa is about 5 mins
further up, and you´ll wait at the door for the charming guide to appear. The Villas box-like rooms are charming and small, but full of fascinating mementos and exquisite delicate objects, and they are very different from each other. They also organize small musical events, but rather sporadically.
There is a nice small garden and a good view of the surroundings as well. Unfortunately, it is not allowed to take photos inside the museum.

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