Musée d’Orsay, Paris May 2018

During our visit to France, we spent a Sunday afternoon at the Musee d’ Orsay.   This is one of the best known museums in the world, so there is not too much I can contribute, other than my experience.

We bought tickets ahead of time, in a effort to beat the crowds and it turned out that many others had had the same idea… we waited for almost an hour to get in. However, it was not raining at the time, and we had just arrived in Paris, so the experience of waiting was not at all unpleasant.  We made friends with some fellow museum goers waiting with us.

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There are no words to describe the collection of Impressionists.  (By the time we got inside, we only had an hour and a half to see everything, so we went for the most popular, of course).  It was truly astounding. Room after room of masterpieces.  The only down side was that we were not alone.

This was our experience of trying to see Starry Night Over the Rhône:

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(I have included a link to the actual painting so you know which painting I am talking about.  Its impossible to tell through the fog of tourists.)

My favorites however, were the lesser known paintings by Monet:

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And, my personal favorite, the Turkeys:

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We also were able to see some lesser known VanGogh Paintings also:

 

(Apologies for the strange angles, it was challenging to get clear pictures that did not have other people in them.)

Sadly, as the museum was closing, things got less crowded and we came across this lovely little painting, The White Cat, by Pierre Bonnard

 

(As a cat lover, this was a highlight for me).  I wish you Merry travels!