Tuesday in Paris – Musee d’Orsay

Dave was kind of museumed-out, so he stayed in the apartment and I went by myself on the Metro to the Musee d’Orsay.  It’s in a former train station, and a beautiful building, a piece of art in itself:

Inside the Musee d’Orsay, a former train station
The outside of the Musee d’Orsay

I headed straight for the Van Gogh’s.  I’ve always had a fascination with him and his art.  The Musee does not allow photographs, but I went on a guided tour, and the guide explained the reason.  It’s not that it damages the artwork, it’s because people will stand around and take photos, blocking the paintings.  They want visitors to enjoy, experience and absorb the art.

During the tour there were a few times the guide said we could take photos:

The “Ballroom” at the Musee
View of the Seine from the top floor of the Musee d’Orsay
There were two of these on the top floor of the Musee d’Orsay. People were actually sleeping on it. Didn’t try it out, but it did look very comfortable.

The museum only covers the period from 1848 to 1914.  Many famous and recognizable paintings and sculptures, including the artists Monet, Manet, Degas, and Renoir.  The tour ended at the original painting of a reproduction we have in our living room:

van gogh

We ate dinner at a French-Moroccan restaurant very near the apartment, and we both agreed it was the best meal we’ve had in France.  Nice end to our stay!

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