Saturday, August 13, 2005

Musee d'Orsay

First thing on Saturday morning (after picking up pastries, of course) we walked to the Musee d'Orsay across the Seine River. We arrived about ten minutes before opening and a short line had already formed. We ate our pastries in line and then went in when it opened. I love museums when they're still fairly empty and it was nice to wander around and have some of the rooms to ourselves.

Both Emily and I had been to the museum before, but we both liked it so much on previous visits, we wanted to return. My favorites were the Degas, Renoir, Tissot, de Nuncques, Levy-Dhurmer, and Monet paintings and the huge cutaway model of the Paris Opera House. I also really liked the Art Nouveau furniture and vase section, though I felt that they could've included more there.

After spending most of the morning walking through the Museum, we left around lunch time and ate at the small Mucha Cafe nearby. (Mucha as in Alphonse Mucha, the famous art nouveau artist.) The food was delicious (especially the shrimp and avocado appetizer! YUM!) and we were energized for further walking.


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