Thursday, August 18, 2011

A Walk Along the Seine in Paris; A Return Visit to the Musee d'Orsay

When we couldn’t get back into La Sainte-Chapelle, we looked at a map and decided to return to the Musee d’Orsay. Another visit to see Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, Van Gogh, Degas, Cezanne... Getting to the museum involved a walk along the Seine, so that was a pleasant surprise.

Hearty green metal bins with lids and locks sit along one side of the walkway. Their locks and lids allow sellers to store their wares—they may open and display them at will, close and lock them when they want a break. I enjoyed looking as we trudged along. Used books were the most popular item sold. Others sold art work or coasters and typical souvenirs.

My travel buddy and several of the hundreds of bins along this walkway

Every once in a while there were bridges that ran perpendicular and we could step onto them for a view in one direction of the Grand Palais or a view down the river in the other direction.

Grand Palais--photo by paris4travel.com

The architecture in Paris is unbelievably amazing. Beautiful buildings stand everywhere, one right after the other. The architecture and the art make the city a place worth visiting.

A typical view--the buildings are gorgeous

When we reached the Musee d’Orsay entrance, the line was much shorter than the previous visit. We entered at another side of the building, so there was no three-piece ensemble to entertain us this time, but I found a photo to show you what they looked like.

We loved being at the Musee d’Orsay again. Paige let me go back and see all my favorites and she saw hers—this time we focused on favorites, ate lunch again at the museum's Cafe du Lion and then left. The taxi driver took us the most direct route to our hotel—right down the Champs-Elysees and around the busy Arc du Triomphe. I absolutely loved that!

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The Prude said...

I think I would love the bridges the most. And those bins are a clever idea!
How is Paris as far as litter? From the photos it seems pretty tidy.

Lori Lipsky said...

I don't recall ever seeing any litter. It's a tidy, beautiful city. Beautiful art, beautiful bridges, beautiful buildings, beautiful clothing and shoes. Yet, we detected the strong "you're not wanted here" message which lingered in the air. London and Amsterdam contrasted strongly in that respect. Everyone was so kind in those two places.

Robin J. Steinweg said...

I like your tennies, American though they are. Comfort counts for something! I'm enjoying this visit to Paris. You make me feel I'm right there.