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Musee d'Orsay

Prior to 1986, Impressionist artworks were scattered around the city, in fact, around the country.   These works were gathered up into what used to be an old train station (Gare d'Orsay).   Sounds weird ... but the building is a fitting place to show these masterpieces, and is as interesting as the artwork.

One of my favorite displays is a miniature city of Paris under the floor.

Museum floor plan

Musee d'Orsay Musee d'Orsay
Musee d'Orsay Musee d'Orsay, from the Seine
Inside Musee d'Orsay From the rooftop cafe Mom
Mom inside the museum Looking at the Louvre from the rooftop Cafe  
Inside the museum Clock Window Inside the museum
Inside the museum The clock window, with Sacre Coeur visible in the background Inside the museum
Tea Room

Great pastries here!

Tea Room ceiling
The Tea Room The ceiling in the Tea Room

 

Sacre Coeur

Saturday we went to Sacre Coeur and Montmartre.  Walking to the Metro to begin our adventure, delightfully unencumbered by rain gear, it started to sprinkle when we got about 2 blocks from the hotel.  We discussed walking back those two long blocks (haha!) to get our rain gear from the hotel (we each had a raincoat, plastic rain poncho, and umbrella).  We decided that we would take our chances on the weather (after which point it started pouring!).

We spent all afternoon ducking in and out of places trying to stay dry ...

 

Sacre Coeur Sacre Coeur Mom at the Funicular
Sacre Coeur Sacre Coeur Mom waiting to board the funicular rail that goes to the top of the hill (or you can walk the million stairs, if you prefer ...)

 

Montmartre

Montmarte is the "bohemian" artist community of Paris.  Street artists replaced the street musicians we saw in the rest of the city.  On every corner were people offering to sketch or paint your picture.  It would be a great place to walk around if it weren't raining ... 

 

Cafe La Boheme Chris Street toilet
La Boheme Well-maintained, structurally sound construction This is how Mom spent her vacation - pay toilets right on the sidewalk
 

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