Do you ever have those things you’ve really wanted to do for a long time? We all know my love for goal lists, and these are the things my goal lists are full of – things I’ve been meaning to do! One of those things is visiting Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
While I’ve visited Paris several times in the past 13 years, I’ve never made it to Musée d’Orsay. The remarkable thing is that the Impressionist period is my absolute favorite, so I just knew I would love it!
I worked in Paris on Thursday and Friday, so of course, it made sense to stay the weekend. One of my friends came from Vevey to meet me. We went out for a yummy dinner at La Table du Huit on Friday night, but opted to come back to the hotel and sleep after dinner. I find that at the end of each week, I desperately need to catch up on some sleep!
It just so happened that her brother and sister-in-law were also in Paris for the weekend. They recommended a place for breakfast, which just happened to be across the river from d’Orsay – perfect! It was called Angelina, and it did not disappoint. The atmosphere was adorable, and the best part? The hot chocolate! Like liquid chocolate. Amazing! And of course, it came with whipped cream and our little breakfast pastries.
After breakfast, it was time to take in all of the artistic goodness of Musée d’Orsay! It did not disappoint! So many famous paintings by Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Rodin, and Degas are featured there. My heart was so happy! There are also incredible clocks throughout the museum, which used to be an old train station. The building itself was as incredible as the artwork in contains.
And in honor of our friend who couldn’t join us, a selfie in d’Orsay! Our selfie skills aren’t quite as refined as hers, but we’re improving!
It was a GORGEOUS day in Paris. We meandered through Tuleries Garden before taking the Metro to Montmartre. We climbed the stairs up to Sacre Coeur and roamed through the winding streets – stopping for lunch at an outdoor café along the way. Such a lovely spring afternoon!
For dinner, we met up with my friend’s brother & sister-in-law, who were visiting Paris from Canada. It was a surprise birthday trip for the sister-in-law, and I was more than happy to help celebrate. We went to a trendy Asian fusion restaurant called Kong, and my meal was delicious. After dinner, we strolled down Rue du Rivoli in search of dessert. I love how so many cafés spill out into the sidewalks. We selected one and while we had discussed crêpes, I could resist some sorbet instead. It was a great night getting to know some new friends in a gorgeous city! I find it’s impossible not to love Paris.