As my spring break is coming to an end, as well as my time in France ::stares off into sad but sweet distance::, I wanted to take advantage of the easy hour and a half train ride to Paris from Blois. I’ve profited a lot this year from conveniently living an easy hop away from Paris to take trains leaving from there. Each train station in Paris has it’s standard lines that go in certain directions. I think I’ve been to every Parisian grand central station this year to travel to many far away and close places. This time however, I wanted to stay in Paris for a museum day trip.
If you’re curious, it costs around 10-20 euros for one way Blois-Paris. This day I got a round trip for 25 euros ! You will always be at Paris Gare d’Austerlitz to get to Blois-Chambord, either from the train going to Orleans or Tours.
There are around 130 museums in Paris. One. Hundred. And. Thirty. !!! So, many museum day trips in Paris can occur many times and be totally different. My only goal was to see Monet’s water lilies at the Musée de l’Orangerie. If there was ever a place that explained why panorama camera abilities existed, this is it. There are two large rooms that are oval shaped with a glowing light overhead. It’s truly a dreamy experience and I’m confident in saying it is a must visit.
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After Orangerie, I originally wanted to go to the high fashion, haute couture museum Palais Galliera, but it was closed for exhibition remodel (it reopened in 5 days, haha to you universe). I was disappointed, but reminded myself I still had around 128 museums to choose from. I stumbled upon Musée Marmottan Monet, and oh my goodness I am so glad I did.
Here are the two photos from the museum. The first, featuring an upper-class French ceiling and chandelier that made me feel so giddily chic. What you need to know is that this was the first room of the museum and I excitedly took a photo, and at that same time security yelled at me NO PHOTOS and everyone looked at me like I was a buffoon. This happened to us in Amsterdam, why don’t they have signs that make it very clear no photos? I looked around and saw none. Any who, traveling to the following room I saw the famous painting Paris street, Rainy Day by Gustave Caillebotte. The rebel in me needed a photo, because what I should probably explain was that I was in a house turned into museum, that had a lot of antique furnishing. I was in what seemed like a dinning room, no one else was in there, there was no security, it was just me in an upper class French dinning room where one would put the nuts on that buffet if you had a Christmas party, with a world known painting. I felt giddily chic again.
The French house is attached to an added museum wing, that holds the world’s biggest collection of Monet, as well as many impressionist artists. This was truly a French experience in terms of art, and I confidently say it is another must see.
After the museum visits, I took the metro to the stop Hotel de Ville to be in more central city, and to be a little closer to Gare d’Austerlitz where I was taking my train back. I get a lot of questions from family and friends where they should go for an authentic French vibe. This would be my advice to go; the best shopping, the cutest streets, world’s famous falafel, adorable cafes, street art. Just go and discover it all :). I walked right from City Hall and looped all around, where I ended up at Pompidou, the modern art museum. My opinion on Pompidou will be short and sweet, because that is how my visit was. If Ikea had a baby with a Teletubie, it would live in this building (because of the building, not the art :p)
t h a n k s f o r s t o p p i n g b y 🙂