on March 4, 2012
Musee d'Orsay was the first place we toured in Paris and frankly I wasn't prepared for the immensity of the collection. Stumbling over the French signage, I led my friend in a counter-clockwise tour. I don't regret seeing any of the displays we did see, but we ran out of time before I got to the Impressionist. That had been my goal to see Van Gogh, Degas, Renior, La Trec and Seurat. Oh, well! One area I lingered in was the Art Nouveau furniture. glass and architectural details. other highlights for me were the graceful white polar bear, William Morris wallpaper designs, and the Manet paintings. Actually the building itself is one of the most impressive works of art. It is a former train station. The central area where trains used to move through is now a sculpture court. There is a huge ornate clock left over from the station days that is a highlight of the musee art. We were not allowed to use our cameras, but I'm sure I saw some cell phones pointed at the walls!There are two gift shops, one catering to books. Both are crowded and if there was food available, I missed it.
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