Saturday: Musée d’Orsay

Okay, okay, here’s the last of my vacation photos, I promise. I wanted to show you a bit of the d’Orsay Museum, though.

d-orsay

The d’Orsay is much smaller than the Louvre, but remarkable in its own right. It has the largest collection of impressionist paintings in the world. Honestly, I wish I could have appreciated it more, but I was museum-and-touristed out by the end of our trip. And though the line to get in was shorter than most of the massively long lines we’d encountered all week (future travelers: take note), it was still another line to stand in.

(If I visit Paris again [and I hope I do!] I will try to travel during an off-tourist time. As in, not the summer and not the holidays.)

statue
Not sure who created this …
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Olympia, by Manet
degas
Degas
picasso
Picasso

One last thing I’d like to note: I was really impressed with how inexpensive museums in Paris are. I don’t think I paid more than $15 Euro during anything we did, even at the Louvre (okay, the audio tour was $5 extra). I think it’s great Paris values making art accessible to the public. In comparison, I think admission to the Art Institute in Chicago is now up to $27? And my friend Nicole recently visited the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA, and said she paid over $30.

(Also, some people might argue this point with me, but I think food in Europe is far less expensive than in the U.S. I feel like food is always the major variable during domestic vacations, but I really didn’t spend much for food on this trip.)

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed following along with my Paris/London adventures!

2 thoughts on “Saturday: Musée d’Orsay”

  1. I think the sculpture is Rodin’s Gates of Hell. His museum is near Napoleon’s tomb and I found it to be exceptional. It’s too bad you had to wait in such long lines; you didn’t get to see as much. I’ve been to Paris twice in March. That’s a great shoulder season time.

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