We started the morning by heading to the Musée d’Orsay. The d’Orsay and the l’Orangerie both let people age 24 and under in for free with proof of age which is amazing. The d’Orsay used to be a train station so the architecture is fantastic. As you can see from the picture above it is huge (5 floors) and has the most amazing windows and ceiling. It also has these stunning lock faces that are windows, which I was completely blown way by.
The collection was absolutely amazing. There was so much artworks spanning many movements and periods. It was incredible to actually see some of the paintings I had learnt about in the flesh, such as Manet’s Olympia and Dejuner sur l’herbe. As an art history nerd this is like absolute god status.
After we were done at the Musée d’Orsay we walked down the river past the book sellers in their green stands perched on the walls at the banks of the river. We headed down towards the Ile de la Cite to go and explore that. The Ile de la Cite is a small island in the middle of the Seine that is where the Notre Dame Cathedral is. The day was gorgeous and so we walked round exploring. There were little islands at each end of the island that we visited. We stopped at the Notre Dame which is stunning. The queue was huge so we didn’t actually go inside, but I’ve done that before so it wasn’t a huge shame.