Day Five: Paris Recap

Hey guys, thanks for tuning in to the final day of my Paris recap! If you missed Day One-Four, start here



While in Paris, we commuted via the Paris Metro. It was really nice and easy (with the help of the Metro ticket lady, who explained to us what routes to take). We bought our tickets, took the train to where we wanted to go, switched trains if we needed to go to different parts of the city, and went on with our merry way! This was one of my favorite pictures I took of the Paris Metro. 


Our last day in Paris was overcast and rainy outside, so it worked out perfectly that we had planned on spending the day inside.


First stop on the agenda: Musee d'Orsay



Musee d'Orsay was a railway station built between 1898 and 1900. By 1938, the short platforms inside the station had outgrown the longer trains now being used. Talk about demolishing the station and replacing it with a hotel were in the works when the Minister for Cultural Affairs ruled against this plan. Instead, the train station was put on a list of historic monuments and the Director of the Museums of France proposed the idea to convert it into a museum. 


 The original clock that was displayed back when the museum was a train station. 


Starry night over the Rhone was painted by Vincent Van Gogh. This painting was of Arles, a city south of France. Van Gosh sat on the the banks of the Rhone River as he painted this night sky landscape. 


Bal de Moulin de la Galette was painted by Pierre-Auguste Renior. This piece reflects a Sunday afternoon at the Moulin de la Galette. Parisians would dress up and spend time at the Moulin eating, drinking, and dancing the day away. 


Luncheon on the Grass was painted by Edouard Manet. Famous and on display, no one knows the inspiration or story behind the painters piece. I will note that it's nice to see women, like the subject in this painting, who aren't your size zero, but made it into national museums and are known for being subjects in some of the worlds most famous paintings. 


1889 Self Portrait of Vincent Van Gogh, painted by the Vincent Van Gogh himself. 




These were some pictures I took of some of the art in the museum.

Overall, Musee de Orsay was beautiful. They call it the bridge museum between The Lourve and The National Museum of Modern Art. Musee d'orsay definitely had more risqué paintings compared to Louvre. There were a lot more naked portraits and portraits of body parts (specifically a painting of a lady's V, yes....lol). They weren't as many historical pieces like paintings of Jesus and his disciples, like the Louvre had. I would say Musee d' Orsay showcases your more modern day painters. If ever you find yourself in the city of art and beauty, stop by and visit these works of art. 

I especially enjoy getting to watch the trends in fashion change throughout these works of art. I always joke around and say I was born in the wrong century. The idea of dressing up in a fun big ballgown everyday, sounds like a blast. I think it looked classy when men would wear suits everyday, women wore dresses, and kids wore cute little outfits. It was the century of fashion. I'd love to time travel for a day. Better yet, I thought it would be a really fun idea to throw a 19th century themed party where everyone has to come dressed, like you see above. 


Next stop, the Paris Mall. This mall was gorgeous. From the balconies to the stained glass on the glass ceiling, I was in awe. Nothing ever disappoints you in Pairs. 

We had fun walking around the mall and looking at all the displays and designer boutiques. I wanted to bring home a couple Paris Chanel souvenirs, but figured cashing in my plane ticket home to buy a purse wouldn't be the wisest choice. 

If you tuned in to my five day recap of my travels in Paris, thank you so much and have a safe weekend! 


3 comments

  1. It sounds like spending a day in the Musee d'Orsay was the perfect way to get out of the dreary weather! I would have loved to see all of those Van Goghs! He's one of my favorite artists!

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  2. Two of my favourite places in Paris ♥ The pictures you posted are simply gorgeous and make me love my city even more! Also thank you for the background information!
    XO IMKE | Pastellics

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  3. I loved the Musee D'Orsay! Wasn't the building so gorgeous?!

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