Musée d’Orsay

Along with the Louvre, the Musee d’Orsay is a must-see museum in Paris. It picks up where the Louvre leaves off, covering the period from 1848 to 1914, and has the largest collection of Impressionist and Post-impressionist art in the world.

N and I walked over to the left bank one late summer day in September, and spent a few hours wandering the galleries. It’s a beautiful space in a former Beaux-Arts railway station, and has a wonderful view of the city from the balcony on the second floor.

We found work by Degas, Monet and Van Gogh, among others, and although those paintings are just as famous as much of the art in the Louvre, it was nowhere near as busy. We had time to move at a slower pace and appreciate the art in our own time.

A wonderful museum for a relaxed afternoon.

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