We started today with a tour of the Musee d’Orsay. A fabulous museum with three floors of Art Nouveau objects d’art, furniture and design (an entire room) that I didn’t even know were there, and rooms of master piece paintings, it was a great way to spend a birthday. The building was reopened as a museum 47 years after it had been closed as a train station and was almost demolished in the 1970s. It has been put to a very good use.
The Musee d’Orsay was among the few places that had the ‘no photo’ sign everywhere. However, there was one spot in the museum that allowed photos to be taken, and I confirmed that before snapping these two photos, the second being my favorite shot of the day.
After about 2 1/2 hours in the Musee d’Orsay, we walked back along the Seine and towards the Place de la Concorde.
The bridge was covered with the ‘love locks’ so popular with tourists. At least on this newer more modern bridge it seemed ok, but not on the historic bridges, where we also saw the locks and they are causing problems. There was a man selling locks on the bridge, and they even engrave them.
On our way back to the apartment to rest before going back out for the evening, we stopped at a magazine stand to buy a Charlie Hebdo. The local French man seemed quite happy about my inquiries into Je Suis Charlie, but we haven’t seen much use of the phrase so far. I was hoping to get a sticker or t-shirt or something, but there has been nothing to purchase.
Birthday pastries served as cake.
We rested the afternoon in preparation for our big night out, dinner reservations at Le Jules Verne restaurant. We took a cab to Place du Trocadero for the best location for Eiffel Tower photos. It was cold but it was a good spot for photos.
Le Jules Verne restaurant has a private lift, and a gorgeous view.
We enjoyed the 5 course dinner with the 5 wine pairings.