Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Musee D'Orsay

Although the snow in Paris was beautiful, it meant that we couldn't climb the Eiffel Tower as it was too icy. And, again, we had to try to stay out of the cold as much as possible - a visit to the Musee D'Orsay was the perfect solution.

This gallery is a collection of art from 1848 to 1914 and includes works from all the major Impressionist artists. Since we love this period of art we were in heaven. We loved the Degas, the Monets, the Renoirs, and everything else. Although the gallery is much smaller than the Louvre, there was still too much to see it all.

The gallery was created from a converted railway station, so there is a grand sense of space about it. You can see the shadows of people walking high above the central courtyard, and you can walk past the backs of magnficent clocks. We had lunch in a delightful cafe that is behind one of the clocks that hangs outside the building. From where we sat, we could see the back of the clock and out onto a terrace surrounded by beautiful sculptures.

In the afternoon, we visited the department store, Gallery LaFayette, but the crowds were so thick that we escaped quickly and went in search of a patisserie. Believe it or not, we had no luck so returned to our hotel for hot chocolates.

We are hoping to climb the Eiffel Tower today before taking the train back to London. Cold again but no more snow.

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