Most of the stores are closed in Paris on Sunday, so it's a perfect day for parks and museums - unless it's raining and then it's a good day for museums!
We got off the Metro at Concorde - I love the way the beautiful lamp posts, the obilesque, and the Eiffel Tower line up. There is a nice bookstore just inside the gate to the Tuileries gardens.
We spent an hour or so in the Orangerie museum, doing the tour with the audio guide and learning more about the gorgeous Water Lily installations by Monet there and the variety of art on the lower level. It is just the right size museum for me! :)
From there we walked over to the Musee d'Orsay, enjoying the gardens on the way...
It's been surprising to come back to Buffalo and not see any leaves on the trees after seeing Paris so lush and green - I always think of them having about the same weather (other than the amount of snow in the winter!)
This is a view of the museum from the bridge over the Seine. The Musee d'Orsay was a train station that was converted into the museum.
I like this picture of the clock because you can see its size better with the people below.
We spent the afternoon here, having lunch in the gorgeous restaurant, and then touring the special Van Gogh exhibition. (The sun came out for a bit!)
You might know that I am not much of a "museum" person, but I really enjoyed seeing the Van Gogh exhibit.
To see so many of his paintings in one place, arranged the way they were, was really a privilege.
By the time the museum closed, the sun was out again, so we decided to go to Luxembourg Gardens for a stroll and a snack. The french fries might not look that special but they are the BEST!
I just love all the flowering bushes and the colorful flower beds.
It was a perfect day - relaxing and inspirational!
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