Today's adventures started with us walking the short distance from our hotel, across Tuileries Gardens, over the Seine river by bridge, and up to the Musee d'Orsay. This museum's art begins chronologically where the Louvre left off, 1848, and continues through WWI time. It displays Impressionist and Post-Impressionist work.
The museum building was once a train station, and was remodeled in 1986 to house the plethora of art around Paris that needed a home.
They left the giant clock that adorned the train station, and it remains a focal point in the large main gallery.
The most famous artists here: Cezanne, Manet, Ingres, Renoir, Monet, and Van Gogh. Here were some of our favorite pieces of art. I've tried to make notes of the names and artists of the paintings, but if they're missing...just assume we liked it but I'm not sure what it was! LOL.
|The Etretat Cliffs After a Storm by Gustave Courbet|
|I believe this is an Auguste Renoir painting but I'll be darned if I can find it.|
|Chasse-Maree by Claude Monet|
|Dance At Le Moulin de la Galette by Pierre-Auguste Renoir|
|The Swing by Pierre-Auguste Renoir|
|Claude Monet's Bridge Over Pond with Water Lillies - one of my favorites|
|The Gleaners by Jean-Francois Millet - part of the first movement to paint the common man as the subject.|
|Detail of some fabulous pointillism in a painting|
|Thatched Cottages at Cordeville by Vincent Van Gogh|
|Floating Ice by Claude Monet|
|The Dance of the Hours by Gaetano Previati - very beautiful|
|The Siesta by Vincent Van Gogh|
|Self Portrait by Vincent Van Gogh|
|Camille Claudel's Maturity - Depicts how she longed after her lover who was married.|
|I didn't make note of who this is but it's beautiful pointillism work|
|The Gates of Hell by Auguste Rodin|
We bought tickets to go up to the second level only, as we were told the wait to go up to the top is an additional hour wait, because you went up to second level, then waited in line again for the elevator to the top. Regardless, we got some great views. Eiffel tower is just something you can't miss when in Paris. But after Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe, there was NO WAY I was taking the stairs...
|A nice couple took our picture, we didn't do this often, as we were warned people would offer to take your photo then run off with your phone or camera.|
|Looking NW, over the Seine river|
|Looking N/NE toward the Sacre-Coeur Basilica|
|Looking east over Champs de Mars and Ecole Militaire|
|Me and my sweetie|
|Chris on level one, me on level two looking up.|
We toured through, but were slightly disappointed in the whole experience, mostly because of the cost of admission (20 euros). But it was undeniably beautiful.
We finished up in early afternoon, earlier than I anticipated. We decided to stop at a cafe and refresh, so we ordered some Cokes and shared a ravioli. We had dinner reservations at the Opera Restaurant at 6:30, but didn't want to wait around, so we decided to return to the hotel, do some in-sink laundry, and go on an evening river cruise.
The Bateaux Parisiens river cruise left from just under the Eiffel tower, we boarded at 7pm. We were able to watch the sun set on Paris from the Seine. Most of my photos didn't turn out due to low light and haze, but here were two good ones:
The cruise was nice, informative, and relaxing. Kinda what we needed after a busy day!
At night, of course, the Eiffel tower lights up. But as a special treat, at the top of each hour for about 5 minutes, it sparkles with a million little lights. It was beautiful. We were on the river out near Notre Dame at the time, so I didn't have a good shot of it, but it was amazing.
We walked back to the hotel to rest up for tomorrow (our last in Paris): A day trip out of town to see the Chateau de Versailles.