After some very much needed sleep (after the Louvre and being hungover the next day), I met up with Nat again and we hit a couple of museums – the Musee d’Orsay and Musée de Cluny (I’ll write about Musée de Cluny in another post). We had a really great day together and it was nice just to hang out and do some more catching up. It was the most perfect weather as well, and after walking through the dimness of the Musée de Cluny, we grabbed some iced beverages and pastries, and sat in the sunshine in a little garden near the museum. Then I waited with Nat for her bus and we said our goodbyes. I was heading to London the next day and we wouldn’t be able to catch up again before I left. It was sad to say goodbye – but I know I’ll see her again in the near future because I actually can’t stay away from Paris!
In terms of the actual building itself, the Musée d’Orsay is really beautiful. It has a fantastic open centre with loads of light spilling in from the ceiling. And the clock at one end of the hall really is something else. But in terms of the pieces on display, I wasn’t wowed. Don’t get me wrong – it was great to see all the van Gogh paintings on display and there are some beautiful Monet’s as well, but…I don’t know. Maybe I was all paintinged out after the Louvre. There were some great sculptures though, including a few by Rodin (I felt so cultured looking at them and knowing they were Rodin, but only because I’d been to his museum the day before), and there was one in particular that I was completely enamoured by (there’s a few photos below) – it’s basically everything I’ve come to love about sculptures in one piece. Just brilliant. There was lots of lovely furniture on display as well, but it paled in comparison to that which I saw at the Louvre.