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Sunshine and some culture...

The sun is shining again and blue sky abounds...

Out the door and off to explore...my first destination was to walk to the Musee de l'Orangerie to see the huge waterlily canvases by Monet.
As the weather was so good I decided to walk and explore along the way.

I investigated the outside of the Hotel d'Ville which is Paris's City Hall. It has an elaborate facade, with ornate stonework, statues and a turreted roof...just beautiful!

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Next I walked through the public square and down towards the Seine. I found myself in the areas I spent most time during my last visit, but because I was not rushing from one attraction to another I had time to stroll and enjoy my surroundings.

Palais de Justice lines the Seine
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As you walk along the river it is lined with a whole block of Garden shops and Pet shops.
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Would you like one of these beauties in your garden??
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I headed towards the Louvre but came upon it from a different way through the Cour Carree, which is a large square surrounded by large buildings that leads through an archway to the Louvre Pyramids. It was just as delightful to see the Louvre surrounds for the second time...still takes your breath away!

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I then walked through the beautiful Jardin de Tuileries to get to the Orangerie. Unfortunately no photos of Monet's grand paintings was allowed but I have to say, the curved rooms that house these enormous works of art allow for you to feel as if you are sitting in the garden with him...(minus the other tourists, of course!)

By now the clouds were developing and the sun was blasting through the sky and creating the most amazing reflections off my surroundings...
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Then I saw the beautiful Eiffel Tower for the first time up close this visit...just as delightful!
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The views along the Seine were stunning...
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I then decided to head to the Musee d'Orsay...OMG this is THE most amazing place I have ever seen!!!
I am sorry now that I didn't manage to get here on my last visit as well...the building itself is majestically awe inspiring and the amazing array of exhibits of famous art and sculpture renders you speechless.

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The building used to be a Railway Station and they have preserved a lot of the original design...
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The decorative work on the ceiling was beautiful...
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Throughout the building there are a number of clockfaces that are transparent and show views over the city...spectacular...
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At one point the rain had begun to fall outside and the views through the clockfaces showed a rainbow had formed over the Louvre...
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The restaurant inside the Orsay was spectacular, unfortunately it was still closed or I may have been tempted to have a meal...
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It was nearing 7pm when I left the Orsay and began to wind my way back home...the sky was beautiful, with exciting cloud formations and the sun was beginning to set as I wandered along the banks of the Seine towards Ile de la Cite...the two islands in the centre of the Seine.

The photo opportunities along the way were too hard to resist...
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Along the way Pont des Arts with all its padlocks...
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Ile de la Cite...
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and as the sun sets...
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Each day I think must be the best day yet...but then the next day just gets better...and the exciting part is there is another day tomorrow!

Posted by thewoodsies 01:54

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