By the time we got to the Musee d'Orsay, "home" of the Impressionist work in Paris and one of my favorites,we were close to "museumed out."
Nonetheless, it remained a beautiful spot, somewhat less crowded than the Louvre.
Later, we learned that no photos were allowed in this museum. These are some I took before that lesson! (Unfortunately, that occurred before I hit the Impressionists!)
The sculpture is beautiful -- this is a favorite.
And this is the same display -- you can see how large it is, with Rick for comparison.
I was also partial to these scale models of the Paris Opera Garnier. (Keep scrolling down my posts for a visit to that beautiful spot!)
They captured the detail of the Hall of Mirrors.
And again, to get a sense of scale -- it was quite large indeed!
I was fond of this painting -- I wish I could remember the artist. It depicts an art auction.
This glass piece was in a room with Toulouse Lautrec paintings. It is not by him.
There is quite a famous clock when you enter this former train station that is now the home of works by the great artists of Impressionism. This is a different one, looking outside at a marvelous view.
It attracted quite the crowd, and no wonder.
It overlooked the marvelous view of Montmartre, far in the distance.
Rick was ecstatic to see a photo of his hero, Victor Hugo, taken by the writer's son, Charles.
Any museum can be exhausting. The ones near the end of a trip, all the more so.
This is the photo that got me busted -- we just happened to be sitting under a security camera! (And I really didn't note that there were NO photos -- I thought there was "no flash" like the Louvre.) Rick wasn't alone being tired! (No one was worrying about photos here!)
As we left, we enjoyed some "street theatre" outside the museum.
It was rather fun to watch the musician and his "comic relief" who followed passers by! They attracted quite the audience!
We were off to the Tuileries en route to dinner! More on that later!
Tips for Museum Going
1) Photo signs are done with pictures. Look at them carefully. This was the only museum we visited where photos weren't allowed. Several years ago they were and you can find pix of my favorites here. (check Musee d'Orsay on my sidebar labels to see paintings.)
2) If you want to live dangerously, at least look up before shooting! If you see a video camera, beware!
3) Don't forget to explore the Museum Pass for the best prices. It may or may not work with your schedule, but it is definitely worth a look.
4) If you are planning on a museum for something in particular, it helps to start there. While it was intriguing for me to follow the progression from the more realistic art to the Impressionists, we really didn't have much time when we finally reached them to fully enjoy.