“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso
Musée de l’Orangerie
This is an art gallery of impressionist paintings, and home to the famous “Water Lilies” or “Les Nymphéas” by Claude Monet. This masterpiece alone is worth the entrance ticket. I don’t have any pictures as photography isn’t allowed in this section of the museum, but you can go to their website for a preview of sorts.
Another prominent artist featured in this gallery is Pierre-Auguste Renoir (one of my personal favourites).
It’s not as large or as crowded as some of the other museums, which makes for a much more pleasant experience. You could see it all in two or three hours. Obviously it depends on how big of a museum buff you are. Maybe you like to read everything twice, then sit down and sketch a masterpiece of your own. In that case you probably know more about art than I could possibly tell you.
You can purchase a combined ticket for Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée d’Orsay for €16. Individually, the tickets are €11 each, so it’s quite a bargain.
Musée d’Orsay holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography. Unfortunately, we’re not allowed to take pictures of the exhibits, so this is the best I’ve got.
If you still have energy left after viewing countless artefacts, make your way to the top floor, where there’s a stunning view from the clock “window”.
Also on the this level, there’s an octogonal “couch” where you can take a power nap before exploring the rest of Paris.
Blame it on the camera angle. I can assure you that I’m of fairly normal proportions in real life.
Musée du Louvre
Ah, the world-famous Lourve. One hopes to gaze into the Mona Lisa and find the secret behind that enigmatic smile…
Think again. This is as close as you’re going to get.
Fret not, there’s more to the Louvre. By the way, the audio guide doubles as a map, which is really cool.
NOTE: You should get audio guides at all the museums you’re visiting. It helps to make sense of what you’re looking at, and it’ll enhance the experience by a hundred times!
Beautiful fresco, reminiscent of what we saw in Vatican City.
Elaborately decorated hallway, reminiscent of what we saw in Versailles. (After a while, it all starts to blend together.)
Slayed the beast, victory is mine! But first, let me take a #selfie.
Plenty of Egyptian artefacts for those who are interested in Egyptology!
When visiting museums in any city, be sure to pace yourselves! Get in as early as possible to beat the crowds, and wear comfortable shoes! Also, bring water and something you can snack on discreetly. It’s going to be a long day… Bonne chance!