Musee d'Orsay and Eiffel Tower

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My wife's favorite sculpture.
     The Musee d'Orsay was once a train station.  Scheduled for demolition, it was saved at the last minute and houses a great collection of paintings by Van Gogh, Monet, etc.  During this trip, I was constantly amazed by the size of many of the canvases.  Several of them could not have been painted with the use of a stepladder.  Bigger is better??  Another guide gave the group a quick lesson in art, led us to a few of the highlighted paintings, then we roamed on our own.  My wife was in heaven!

     Sheila has an artistic nature and appreciated the work more than I.  It was nice, though, to stand right in front of the actual painting, rather than look at a picture of it in a magazine.  Her favorite piece was the sculpture of the three girls faces.
Musee d'Orsay security guard?
  I don't remember the name of the piece, but the girls expressions were unique.

     After drifting about for a few hours, we left for dinner near the Eiffel Tower.  It was satisfying (I'm not a good food critic) and it was twilight when we exited the restaurant.  The lights on the Eiffel had just been turned on!   We gathered to take the two elevator trips to the top.  The lines were long, they packed us like sardines, but anticipation was high.  What a view!  Picture taking of the landscape and city was difficult due to nightfall, but just to stand there and gaze out........  After forty-five minutes or so we were ready to descend.  I decided to walk down the steps to the bottom, while the others waited on the elevators.  It was quiet, peaceful, almost like I was alone in the world as I descended.  It took a while, of course, but I was surprised to beat them down by nearly 15 minutes.  I guess everyone rushed to the elevators at once.

     The night ended as we headed back to our hotel across town.  Sevy got us into 4 or 5 cabs, gave the drivers instructions, and away we went.  Probably nothing like Italy or New York, but in Paris, they must think they own the road also!
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My wifes favorite sculpture.
My wife's favorite sculpture.
Musee dOrsay security guard?
Musee d'Orsay security guard?
Main museum floor.
Main museum floor.
Art class 101.
Art class 101.
Whistlers Mother.
Whistler's Mother.
Van Gogh!
Van Gogh!
Monet and his poppy field!
Monet and his poppy field!
Exterior of the Opera House.
Exterior of the Opera House.
Opera House interior.
Opera House interior.
Rolling along the Seine.
Rolling along the Seine.
One of the worlds greatest landma…
One of the world's greatest landm…
Awesome when lit.
Awesome when lit.
Arc de Triomphe from the Eiffel To…
Arc de Triomphe from the Eiffel T…
More shopping.
More shopping.
Paris
photo by: Sweetski