It was another magnificent sunny day when we four took in art galore in Paris, staring with the Musée d’Orsay – this is a magnificent art museum – I think it is my favourite. The setting is so wonderful – the building was actually built as a train station but the platforms were too short! Remember in the future to ‘measure twice and cut once’. We explored the exhibition ‘Au dela les Etoiles’ – ‘Beyond the Stars’ – there were some fabulous Monet’s – two of his haystack paintings and four of his ‘front of Rouen Cathedral’ works – haunting in the manner in which blobs of paint come together the further away you are from the work to create an image.
We were pretty mesmerised by the classical marble sculptures and the detailed ceiling and Rococco style clock. We continued on to L’Orangerie to view Claude Monet’s gift to the French nation, his huge lily paintings
meant to convey peace and tranquillity to the viewer. They were created largely during the First World War, so he was probably encouraging peace on a national level as well.
The next stop was Galleries Lafayette, a huge department store, which like Harrods, has an amazing food section – diets and calories out the window!!
And we finished up at the Louvre’s glass pyramid – the crowds are huge and the museum itself almost overwhelming in its possessions and history, but I could not let my girls miss the architectural glory of IM Pei’s glass masterpiece.
Time then for – yes, you guessed it! A glass of wine and a good meal – both were found in good order – back again to the Place des Vosges in Le Marais.