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Coming back from Versailles and getting off the Musee d'Orsay station, armed with museum passes, what would be the most natural thing to do?
A railway station turned museum, Musee d'Orsay is the linked between the Louvre and Pompidou showcasing works of art from mid 1800 to early 1900. Many people I know preferred this over Louvre and I've yet to compare them but I can see why they like this so much. The old building that was originally erected as train station gives an off-beat appeal to it. The giant clock that was used in the station before are still there, and working added to it's charm. The museum has a huge collection of art nouveau, realism, and impressive collection of impressionism including many famous works by Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh.
My guide book suggested that if pressed for time, should just skipped the lower levels and go straight to 5th & 6th floor for the famous impressionist paintings. We didn't listen because it was so hard to ignore the great works at the lower levels, especially those imposing sculptures!
The guards were so firm on hauling everone out of the building by 6pm. Someday I have to go back and finish the upper floors. I really like this museum. Tomorrow I'm going to Louvre and be able to compare. Tonight we're just going to hang about town. We're staying at the centre near l'Opera so it's nice. I need to relax!