Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Day 3 - Musee Rodin, Musee D'Orsay, et a Play

No photos at the moment - Blogger's bouncing back all of the emails I'm trying to send and we're leaving for the theater in about half an hour, so I don't want to spend too long trying to figure it all out.

We skipped breakfast mostly because we walked to the Musee Rodin and didn't see any bakeries along the way. Quoi, quoi?! as the British king practicing his French might say. I realized later in the day that skipping breakfast meant we skipped a chance to have pastries. There are only a limited number of those opportunities left!

We toured the Rodin Museum first, which I loved. I hadn't been a big Rodin fan until I saw so many of pieces together in such a good context. The gardens were lovely, but I especially enjoyed the house devoid of all furniture save room after room of sculptures and a few small chairs for sketchers. I found many new favorites of his (which I'll show you pictures of if I get Blogger to cooperate!).

We found a mediocre lunch at a restaurant near Les Invalides, then walked to the Musee D'Orsay, one of my favorite museums ever. They have been renovating and reorganizing the entire museum over the past two years, and I generally like the new look/layout. We especially enjoyed a new temporary exhibit entitled "The Beauty, Morals, and Voluptuousness of Oscar Wilde's England". Very well-planned with beautiful pieces, especially an Adoration tapestry.

We covered two floors, took a doughnut/Orangina break (we wanted hot chocolate and croissants, but to no avail), then tackled the fifth floor before heading towards the hotel. We stopped for dinner at Maoz, a quick vegetarian chain I had tried in Madrid, then came back here to get ready for the show tonight.

So now I shall leave you for the pleasures of Moliere. We'll see how good my French is when they're speaking an archaic text in rhyming verse! Wish me luck!

1 comment:

  1. I loved the Orangerie when I was in Paris! If you haven't been there/don't know what it is, it's Monet Water Lilies. It's in the Tuilleries.