Musée d’Orsay, located on the left bank of the Seine in Paris, houses the largest collection of impressionist art in the world, including works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir and many other famous artists. In addition to the amazing paintings, you’ll find sculptures, photography, and other works of art dating from the mid 1900s to the 20th century.
The original building was designed by French architect, Victor Laloux, as a train station, Gare d’Orsay, which opened on May 28, 1900. Because the station could accommodate only short trains, rather than the longer, more modern trains, it was eventually closed and turned into a museum.
It had been over 25 years since we last visited the museum, so it was an absolute treat to go back. Seeing these amazing paintings, up close, was truly an emotional experience.
You’ll work up an appetite looking at all that art, so head to one of Paris’ quintessential outdoor cafés for a drink, or a delicious meal.
We stayed at Hotel Lenox Montparnasse, and thankfully, our comfortable room had air conditioning, since the scorching heat was unrelenting.
Despite the heatwave, it was a great weekend in Paris. We will return, perhaps in the autumn when the weather is cooler and the crowds have diminished a bit. Luckily, Paris is just a two hour train ride from our home, so we can return often.
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Wishing you grand adventures,