Orsay, Can You See?

Saturday, October 19, 2013 Road Junkies 0 Comments

European Adventure, Day 16

PARIS, France—Our mission today was visiting Musée d'Orsay, home to one of the world's best collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art.
Jeanne with the Orsay behind her
Of course, our first stop was the lengthy queue at the museum's entrance to purchase tickets.  The line moved pretty quickly, and soon we had passed through the metal detector and bag search, purchased our tickets and were inside this former railway station turned art museum.

The Orsay houses France's national collection from the Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Art Nouveau periods. Many of the artists represented lived and worked in Paris at some time.

After a few hours there, we strolled across the Seine and checked out Tuileries Gardens, the park that extends from the Louvre Museum to Place de la Concorde. The pedestrian bridge over the Seine connecting the museum with the gardens was bedecked in flags today.

As we strolled across the bridge, we checked out some of the thousands of love locks attached to the railings. Legend says you seal your love when you write your names on the lock, attach it to a fixed object like a bridge and throw away the key.

From the bridge we took one last look at the glorious Orsay museum before entering Tuileries Gardens.

Around the park's octagonal basin, thousands of Parisians and tourists were enjoying some late Saturday afternoon relaxation.

As Jeanne posed in the park, a mischief maker lurked in the background.

Back at the Concorde Metro station, we caught a ride on Paris's excellent subway system for the trip back to Montmartre.

After another excellent meal at Le Coryllis, we were fortified to attempt laundry French style.  All three of us struggled to get the 'heat pump' dryer to take the moisture out of our laundry (which it purports to do without heat). Finally Jeanne found the interpretation of the flashing light online. Its condenser is overloaded with water and needs to be serviced.  Line dry it is, then.

Tomorrow, the Louvre!