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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Day 2 in Paris

It was today that we realised that our 2 day Paris Museum pass would expire at the end of its 2nd day rather than 48 hours after we bought it so we needed to see as much as possible to justify buying the pass!  Our second day in Paris focused on the magnificent art galleries that Paris has to offer. Living in London I take it for granted that I can see first hand, some of the world's greatest art treasures but for my Canadian friend this was going to be a first. But we started off not in a gallery but a church,  Sainte Chapelle, a great favourite of mine.

Sainte Chapelle was founded by King Louis IX of France who constructed it as a chapel for the Royal Palace and to house precious relics. The Palace has now gone leaving the chapel surrounded by the Palace of Justice. The building was started in 1246 and was consecrated on April 26th 1248. A remarkable  feat of speedy construction.

The stained glass windows in Sainte Chapelle date from the 13th cent (1242-1248). Around 70% of  the windows are original. Each window is 15.5 m high  in the nave and 1113 scenes from the Bible are depicted in the windows.


The stained glass windows are stunning.

The Rose window is 9m in diameter and dates from the 15th cent.

Next stop was the Louvre

Our Museum pass meant we didn't have to queue although, to be honest, the queues were not very long anyway. With the lack of tourists in Paris, it meant we were able to walk around the Louvre with ease even when viewing the Mona Lisa! With a Museum the size of the Louvre you can only scratch the surface and after a couple of hours we needed a long French lunch before moving on to our next destination.

A walk after lunch took us through the Tuileries Gardens and onto the Musee de l'Orangerie. This art gallery is the permanent home for eight of Monet's Water Lillies murals displayed in redesigned  oval rooms. Claude Monet donated the Water Lilies to France after the First World War to give the people of Paris an image of nature evoking a haven of peace.This was my first visit to L'Orangerie as it has always been closed on my previous visits to Paris. 

The museum also contains works by Cezanne, Matisse, Renoir, Picasso and others. For me, it was all about the Monet's. I have seen a number of the Water Lilies at exhibitions in London but to see this series displayed in rooms just as Monet had envisaged was very special.

Our final Museum of the day was the Musee d'Orsay. Once a railway station it now houses paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs showing the evolution of western world art from 1848 to 1914. As it was a Thursday the museum was open until 9.15pm so we could wander at leisure and admire the numerous masterpieces on show.

We had time to begin our visit with tea and cake in the restaurant at the top of the building behind one of the large station clocks.

Energy restored we began to explore this wonderful museum.So many familiar paintings yet seeing them in real life is a completely different experience. Here are just a few of my favourites.
Paul Cezanne

Claude Monet

Camille Pissarro

Alfred Sisley

Vincent Van Gogh

We finished off the day having a meal and drink whilst watching the sunset from a boat moored on the Seine. A moment to treasure.


  1. That looks amazing. World-class art is something I miss here in Colorado Springs.

  2. I remember the Musee d'Orsay from my visit to Paris, but the Sainte Chapelle is incredible! I wish I had visited it. Thank you for all the pictures, I feel as though I didn't really miss it, now. :-)

  3. I have been to all of the places, but certainly enjoy seeing them again. Oh is have not been to that cool restaurant on the river!

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  5. You packed a lot into one day and certainly deserved all those lovely food stops!

  6. What an awesome day! I'm a bit jealous as I also really enjoy Monet's paintings ;)

  7. Looks like you packed a lot into 2 days in Paris... I'll bet the terrorist attack has scared some people away... I enjoyed both posts.. Your room looked perfect. In the first post, I loved the Eiffel Tower. I hope I can see that someday... And in today's post--I was struck by the stained glass windows.. WOW.

    Have fun, Marie.

  8. so many places you've been in a day. I think my feet would be very tired :)
    beautiful post.

  9. What a whirlwind day! I can't believe you did and saw all that in one day.
    In recent years I have not been able to get near any of the famous works in the Louvre because there are so many people.


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