Last year I felt the need to travel, to get away from everything. So I impulsively planned three days in Paris. It’s a must go for people who love culture and visiting museums. This post is more of a guide to give you some amazing (touristy) places to visit in Paris.
I only went to Paris once before and I didn’t do any museums then, so there were a lot of possibilities to choose from. I am a planner, I love structure. So before we left I decided it was best to look through some of the collections they have in various museums in Paris. The collection of Musée d’Orsay remained in my mind so we decided to go there. A museum filled with all the grand names of the art world, filled with impressionists, expressionists and so on. Ideal for my art loving eyes.
As an art history student I feel a little bit of ashamed that I’ve never been to the Louvre, we attempted to go inside, but the queue was way too long. However, I did got an opportunity to view the interesting architecture. (Booking a ticket in advance doesn’t really work when you are a European student who normally has the privilege to go in for free.)
Back to Musée d’Orsay, a few months after my visit they allowed taking photos in the museum after the minister of culture posted one on his social media. I wasn’t allowed to take any photos, so I guess you have to experience it all by yourself. This might convince you to go there one day. The museum is filled with works by Jean-François Millet, Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Edouard Vuillard, Honoré Daumier, Gustave Caillebotte, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and so on. If you like all these names I just gave you, you should definitely find the time to go and visit this museum.
I’d recommend walking around in the park between the Louvre and Musée L’Orangerie. It has some beautiful sculptures and cozy places to take a rest and absord the b
Next day we visited Musée L’orangerie. A few weeks ago I saw a picture on the internet with a white, well lighted room with work by Monet hanging on the walls. Not the standard size, but the roomfilling size. Photos can’t even give you the same feeling as when you actually get to stand in front of these works and look at it from a few meters. After standing there a few minutes, not noticing the other visitors, I got tears in my eyes.
On our last day we decided to visit more of the main touristy attractions. It was a rainy day so there weren’t a lot of people wandering around. I’ll let the photos do the talking for these. First up, le Panthéon (St. Genèvieve)
And ofcourse, le Nôtre Dame. There was still a long queue to go inside. This monumental cathedrale has a lot of little pieces to admire. Such as the lonely angel at the top or the Adam and Eve placed in the middle of the windows.
We had to wait a while to get into this building. But it was worth the wait. Sainte Chapelle. As soon as I walked in my jaw just dropped. You get confronted with these beautiful light coming through those beautiful windows. It doesn’t seem like it on the photos, but you feel very tiny when you walk in.
And last but not least, we walked all the way to the top of Montmartre and got to behold Sacre Coeur. Too bad I wasn’t allowed to take any photos inside. But to give you an idea, this interieur is something completely different than the Notre Dame, it has a quite modern look to it.
After climbing a lot of stairs you are rewarded with a beautiful view of the city.
It’s the second time that I fell in love with Paris.
This was originally published on Our Pursuit of Art.