Musée d’Orsay – Paris, France

Museum D'orsay

Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

THE TRIP
One month of calling Paris home. This amazing museum would become my very favourite in the world. Spectacular revitalized Belle Époque architecture and a fantastic collection of wishlist worthy Impressionist paintings.

LOCATION
The former Orsay railway station built for the 1900 Universal Exhibition.

ARCHITECTURE
Modern and metallic on the inside, finely cut stone on the outside. Designed by Victor Laloux with all modern amenities.

COLLECTION
Compilation of artwork from 1848 to 1915, originally from the Louvre, Musée du Jeu de Paume and the Pompidou from Realism to Impressionism.

FREE ADMISSION
First Sunday of the month.

REFRESHMENT
Former Hôtel d’Orsay Restaurant offers traditional French cuisine. A Parisian brasserie, The Café Campana has a classic menu. In the forecourt The Boutique du Parvis has take-away food. Also available at Café de l’ours, a range of sandwiches and snacks.

OUTDOOR SPACE
A hop away from the Seine and opposite the Tuileries Gardens.

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Le Lit by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec, 1892

MY FAVOURITE THINGS
Oh my, a box of chocolates, Degas, Manet, Cézanne, Monet, Renoir and Pissarro! If I had to choose one: Le Lit, Oil on Wood by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, I was alone and missed the simplicity of sleeping with my husband each night so this small painting in a darkened room stirred many emotions.

POP CULTURE CHEEZE
Gossip Girl’s Blair backed by the great hall and Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass.