Paris (part two)

After a very full first day in Paris, we slept in a little before starting our 2nd day.  We again tried a nearby boulangerie, without success.  Once we found breakfast we walked to the Musée d’Orsay and joined the long-ish queue.  Thankfully it didn’t last too terribly long and we made it inside within a decent amount of time.  I enjoyed spending time with the likes of the most famous Impressionist artists like Monet, Sisley, Renoir, Degas, Pisarro and Cezanne.  They also had various sculptures as well as several other paintings, including those from Post-Impressionist painters like Seurat, van Gogh, Toulouse-Latrec and Gauguin.  The building space was absolutely beautiful.  Housed in a former train station, it had soaring ceilings, beautiful views over Paris and made a great museum space.  Impressionist paintings are probably my favorite type, so I loved every minute in the museum.  C was a good sport.

Looking over the central space inside

Looking over the central space inside

I loved this clock/window just outside the Impressionism exhibit

I loved this clock/window just outside the Impressionism exhibit

The museum

The museum

Bridge of locks right near the museum

Bridge of locks right near the museum – couples put their names on the locks, attach them and throw the key into the Seine

View of the Museum from across the Seine

View of the Museum from across the Seine

Views across Paris from the rooftop terrace

Views across Paris from the rooftop terrace

After the museum we spent time shopping!  No, seriously, we made our way to Longchamp so I could pick out my early birthday gift.  Sadly they were sold out of the purple bag I wanted, so I went with navy instead.  I would have loved to pick out a few bags, but my wonderful financially responsible husband reined me in.  We passed Lauderée and ducked in fully intending to purchase some of their world famous macarons.  However, the price tag of €16 for 6 cookies was just too rich for my blood.  After shopping it was lunch time.  We spent the afternoon wandering through the Jardin du Luxembourg admiring the beautiful flowers, watching sailboats and relaxing.

Jardin du Luxembourg flowers

Jardin du Luxembourg flowers

The little pond with sailboats

The little pond with sailboats

See the tip of the Eiffel Tower?

See the tip of the Eiffel Tower?

That evening we hit up a cute Italian place for dinner and I had some amazing pasta!  We walked off dinner by wandering the Île de la Cité and Île St-Louis.  They are two small islands in the middle of the Seine, one of which is home to the Notre Dame.  We enjoyed a Nutella crepe, watched various street performers and admired the Notre Dame all lit up.  Finally we walked back to the apartment to pack up and prep for an early train to Brussels the next morning.

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Another bridge of locks near the Notre Dame, aglow in street lights

Another bridge of locks near the Notre Dame, aglow in street lights

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Au Revoir Paris!