Yesterday was kind of like my last hurrah before saying goodbye to having a lot of free time while I'm here. So even though I would've loved to sleep in, I had to hit one more big one: le Musée d’Orsay.
For a second the thought crossed my mind, I could go back to the apartment right now and just go back to sleep. But I'd already gotten up early and I was already there, and I didn't have any other plans except for going to ACP later that day. So I got in line and waited my turn. And luckily, I was only in line for 45 minutes tops.
Now there are two basic reasons why this museum is a "big one" in terms of Paris attractions. First, it used to be a train station (Gare d'Orsay), and second, it holds the most impressionist and post-impressionist paintings of all the museums in the world. Another particularity of this museum (not a point of popularity but just something I found odd) is that taking pictures is completely prohibited. The other museums I've been to in Paris have varied between allowing pictures just as long as you don't use flash, and allowing pictures for permanent collections but not for special and temporary exhibitions. But not until M'O had I been to a museum that didn't allow any photo-taking at all.
Now of course, many people didn't abide by this rule, and I myself snuck a few pictures here and there. But for the most part I just noted in my notebook all the paintings and sculptures that I appreciated the most. That list will be up on this blog later on, but suffice it to say that the impressionist collection is not to be missed. In general walking through le Musée d'Orsay is a much more relaxing, less time-consuming experience than going to le Louvre. Also, you might find some things you hadn't expected to see, like a painting of a black boy selling turtles, or extremely old and expensive Italian furniture, or a sculpture of Nubians fighting off an alligator. Who knows. You'll have to see for yourself.
Bread and Butter [Paris] photos - JUNE
Bread and Butter [Paris] photos - MAY