I had a terrific week in Paris but I am glad to be home and in my own bed, with my own pillow. Just nothing like that feeling.
As for Paris, I thought I would tell you about some of my favorite things I saw and did. My number one was easily Musee d'Orsay, let me tell you why.
1. Musee d'Orsay -
"The history of the museum, of its building is quite unusual. In the
center of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries
Gardens, the museum was installed in the former Orsay railway station,
built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. So the building itself could
be seen as the first "work of art" in the Musee d'Orsay, which displays
collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914.
I loved everything about this beautiful museum from the building to the enormous amount of art from the Impressionist era. So many paintings I have only seen in books were on display: Monet, Van Gogh, Manet, Cezanne, Seurat, Caillebotte and Renoir just to name a few.
You can see by the map below how close the Musee d'Orsay and the Louvre are. A good map is key for getting around Paris (or a good tour director). Barnes and Noble have nice laminated ones that have the city on one side and the metro system on the other.
The Louvre began as a fortress (you can still see part of it in the basement) and then was a royal residence until Louis XIV decided to move outside the city to Versailles along with his court. He still used
the building to store his private art collection, as did his successors. It was not until the French Revolution that the Louvre became a museum
open to the public.
It is best to get to the Louve before opening to avoid lines...with more than 15,000 visitors a day it is going to be busy no matter when you go.
3. Latin quarter
Why the Latin Quarter?
A group of us went for Raclette.
We started at the Hotel De Ville stop on the metro (line 1)
Now a walk back to the metro stop near by...a great end of the day.
I hear they have Raclette grills at Bed, Bath & Beyond but I have not checked it out personally. I think the Raclette cheese is expensive and hard to find but maybe there is an alternative that might work in its place.
Next week we'll talk flea markets and show you what I got. Right now it's still packed up but the laundry needs to come first.