Day 2

We’ve been home over a month now.¬†I haven’t been very faithful in following through on my planned¬†series of posts with vacation pictures. But today I’m finally getting around to another one.

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Our hotel was only a few blocks from the Notre Dame

Rather than rush around and try to cram too much sightseeing into a day, Cherie wanted a slower pace. For day 2 of our vacation she planned only two things–a visit to the Musee d’Orsay and the obligatory Seine cruise.

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We walked to the museum, along the Seine

The Musee d’Orsay features 19th century art. In our prior visit to Paris, 16 years ago, we didn’t visit this museum and Cherie has regretted that ever since. So it wasn’t surprising to me that it was the first stop on her itinerary this time.

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The museum began life as a train station. It was much larger and grander than I had expected

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A detail from Sain’s painting “The Excavation at Pompeii.” I was struck by the girl’s arresting stare. This painting itself is much larger. I regret I didn’t take a photo of it.

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I was surprised to find Whistler’s mother in Paris

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We enjoyed the accessibility of the paintings. More on that in another post.

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Evidence of Monet’s genius

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An original composition I call “L’adoration de Van Gough”

We spent over half the day at the museum. It awoke a lot of slumbering interests in me, and had my brain buzzing so much I had trouble sleeping that night. More on that in the next post.

The drizzle from the previous day was gone. It was a beautiful afternoon for a boat ride.

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The Musee d’Orsay

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OK, I reckon that’s enough for today. I have onions and garlic to plant.

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