Thursday, July 11, 2013

Paris - Musee Madness

Today we visited the monstrous Musee du Louvre, the relaxing Musee de L'Orangerie, and the jam packed Musee D'Orsay. We managed to get to the line for the Louvre before it opened... thank god! It really set us up well for the rest of the day.

Pyramid, Jess, Pyramid Inverse

The Louvre is just so massive; around every corner there's a room off the main track that has priceless masterpieces or artefacts, but it's just so overwhelming that you end up walking past and meh-ing at pretty much all of it. We decided to trust the guide and made our way to the recommended highlights, spending a bit more time in the Egyptian wing to enjoy the mummies and hieroglyphics which we found to be the most fun wing of the Louvre. Despite the huge lines there didn't seem to be much of a crowd (probably because the place is so huge!) and we really enjoyed taking our time in the air conditioning!


We stopped for some lunch in the Tuileries before heading off to Musee de L'Orangerie, which is such a relaxing place to visit. Even waiting in the shady tree covered line was relaxing! We decided to buy the joint passport for L'Orangerie and D'Orsay, which ended up being a great idea. We took Monet's advice and reduced our stress levels by enjoying his paintings of lilies and lakes, and then headed towards Musee D'Orsay, for which we were prepared to wait in a long line and were pleasantly surprised when we got straight in with our dual museum passport.

Our highlight from D'Orsay was the huge Monet and Van Gogh collections. Andrew decided that Monet was his favourite, and I got butterflies when Starry Night over the Rhone popped up around a corner - I had forgotten that it was there. I don't know why, but the Starry Night paintings make me really happy. I will definitely have to cupcakify Starry Night over the Rhone, since I've already done Starry Night.

D'Orsay Clock Level 2

Tonight we're off to see the Eiffel tower sparkle!

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