Paris in Springtime March 2019

My daughter Alexandra packed a huge suitcase and got on a Eurostar train to Paris 6 years ago and she’s only been back to visit since then. She’s now so fluent in French she sometimes forgets the English words! I’ve visited a couple of times a year in those years, at a time that usually coincides with a rugby match strangely. Yet, I’d never visited the Musee D’Orsay before today, which is quite barmy!

Alex lives on the same street as the Montparnasse Tower which is quite central, so in spite of a sore back I walked the couple of miles to the Art Gallery on a beautiful Spring day. It was slightly disconcerting turning a corner to find an armed police officer, but I think was walking past some embassies so that probably wasn’t unusual.

The Musee D’Orsay was formerly a railway station, built between 1898 and 1900 the building is itself stunning. Contained within is art from predominantly French artists, in fact they’re paintings and sculptures are like a who’s who in French Art

  • Monet
  • Manet
  • Degas
  • Renoir
  • Cezanne
  • L’Autrec
  • Seurat
  • Sisley (British but born & Lived in France)
  • Gaugin

And then a room with some stunning Van Gogh and some Rodin sculptures too. The pure size of the building has allowed some huge pieces of art to be displayed, the sheer size never ceases to amaze me, how on earth painters manage to produce pieces of such size and get everything in the right place I can’t imagine.

I bought a double ticket to include Musee Rodin too, that’s my trip for Day 2 in Paris.


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