Thursday, December 06, 2007

Musee d'Orsay - Paris, Day 9, Part 1

On our ninth day in Paris we were able to visit two amazing museums - the Musee d'Orsay and Musee de l'Orangerie. These were probably my favorite museums from the entire trip. I took over 600 pictures that day so I decided it would best to break this into two posts - one primarily from the Orsay and the other from the Orangerie.

Late Friday morning we took the metro from La Defense to the Tuileries stop and walked through the Jardin des Tuileries, across the Seine to the Musee d'Orsay.

Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries

Seagulls in Paris, ready and waiting for their photo shoot

We grabbed a light lunch at the museum cafe and then were off to explore. Les decided to go our own directions that day. He prefers using the museum's audio guide and I opted to read the Orsay tour in my Rick Steves book. Below are a few of my favorite from the day:

Alexandre Cabanel - The Birth of Venus

Jean-Francois Millet - Le parc a moutons, clair de lune

Claude Monet - Coquelicots

Jean BĂ©raud - L'attente

Looking out of the Musee d'Orsay's clock - you can see Sacre Coeur Basilica in the background

Edgar Degas - Danseuses bleues

Edgar Degas - The Dance Class

Edgar Degas - In a Cafe or The Glass of Absinthe

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - La liseuse

Alfred Sisley - La neige a Louveciennes

Alfred Sisley - La barque pendant l'inondation Port-Marly

Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Dance at the Moulin de la Galette

Claude Monet - Essai de figure en plein air dit Femme a l'ombrelle tournee vers la gauche

Vincent van Gogh - Fritillaires couronne imperiale dans un vase de cuivre

Vincent van Gogh - La nuit etoilee, Arles

Peeking out a window, a beautiful view of Paris

Edgar Degas - Danseuse assise

Eugene Jansoson - Logement proletaire

We could have spent a bit more time at the Orsay but we were planning on meeting Mindy to go to the Orangerie before she had to go to work. We quickly walked back over the river to meet her. On the way I snapped a few shots - here is one of the better ones:

Looking across the river at the Louvre

When we met Mindy we found out that they weren't going to let her in with her Violin. She had it in a backpack-style case and apparently it was too big or something. We were bummed but decided instead to grab a coffee. While we were there we decided it was time to get a couple pictures of us! Even though we had been staying with them for nearly a week we hadn't taken any pictures of us together.

Mindy and I

About an hour later Mindy had to leave for work and Les and I walked back toward the Orangerie. Here are a few pictures I took along the was a beautiful evening.

More on the Musee de l'Orangerie in a bit...

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1 comment:

Sheena said...

lol @ seagulls

breathtaking paintings... you are so lucky to have been able to see all of them! beautiful pictures of the ferris wheel, well, and everything else too. :)