Musee D'Orsay Great, Sainte Chapelle, not so much

Trip Start Jun 08, 2012
Trip End Jun 23, 2012

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Tuesday, June 19, 2012

This morning our plan was to visit Sainte Chapelle, but because of Robyn's migraine we did not leave until late morning.  Robyn needed to go to the bathroom (surprise) so we stopped at a cafe and had a small bite to eat. This was sadly a huge mistake, as we got in line for Sainte Chapelle and after about 15 minutes one of the workers came down the line stating the queue was closing at 12:30 and would not open again until 2.  It was 12:25 and we knew we were hosed on getting in to see the magnificent stained glass windows in Sainte Chapelle.  I am fairly certain we won't be heading back there to go through the cathedral.  After much discussion we agreed on going to the Musee D'Orsay.

We got to the D'Orsay and finally got to use the Museum Passes we had bought.  And even though I bought 4 day passes and should have bought only 3 day passes the fact that we got to bypass the regular line and enter the museum made it worth it.  The line to get in was a good hour wait, but we got inside in less than 10 minutes.  On the ground floor we saw exhibits of Toulouse Lautrec and Van Gogh.  The Van Gogh exhibit was one of the larger ones I have seen in one museum.  We also viewed a Rodin exhibit that included one titled "Entrance to Hell," which reminded me of a town in west Texas I ofter refer to as the Entrance to the Gates of Hell.  Eventually we headed to the 5th floor where they have all the Impressionist paintings and spent at least 2 hours going through this part of the museum.  These are some of my favorite artists-- Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, and of course one of our favorites, Degas (you know, the guy who did all the ballet pictures).   Overall it was a great museum tour.  Photos cannot be taken in the museum;  however,  that did not stop people from constantly taking pictures which really made Robyn furious.  She is a teacher and she wants everyone to follow the rules so she kept walking by people muttering "no photos allowed."  The museum does not have enough people to monitor what people are doing so the "no photos" signs are pretty pointless.

We ate dinner at a swanky little cafe just down from our hotel which was all decked out in red lights and black decor.  Robyn got a burger-who would have thought you could get such a great burger in a Paris cafe! We ate there another night as well since we liked it so much.

Since we were not at any places that we could take photos there will be very few today. But, as always,  the daily shot of the Eiffel Tower from our hotel room, just want to remind everyone of our great view.  Tomorrow we are going to Versailles, then the Rodin museum,which is actually near our hotel.

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Debby on

When we went d'orsey you could take pictures but could not use the flash, same as in the louvre. Hmmmm, wonder if they changed that rule. I have tons of pictures from both those museums.

Jacob Zunot on

I was in Paris last year and I visited also Paris Sewer Museum. It is not that well known as for example Musee D´Orsay, but some webs rank it among The Most Unusual Museums of World. It really is worth to see.

mark_robyn on


Thanks for your comment, we did see information about the sewer muserm the day before we were going to leave Paris but could not make it there. It does sound like one of those great unusual sites that I would have enjoyed not sure about how Robyn would have felt about it.

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