The Musée d'Orsay was a short stroll from our hotel through the Tuilleries Gardens. It had been a while since visiting this guardian of the world's largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces. I was looking forward to gazing upon Monet, Manet, Cezanne, Renoir, Van Gogh and Sisley once more.
The walk through the Tuilleries is rather interesting as one is reminded that this 23- hectare site which links the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde has been in existence since the 16th Century and is over 300 years old! It was also the first garden to become open to the general public in Paris. Originally designed by Catherine de Médicis, the gardens were later modified in 1664 by André Le Nôtre and more recently by Cribier and Benech.
|image via pariscentral.com|
|image via vitra nostra|
|I loved walking through the gardens on this cold grey day. The scattered iconic green chairs, were silent reminders of sunny, warmer days.|
|The stark beauty of one of the many walks in the gardens|
The Musée did not disappoint. Time seemed to stand still as I visited old friends and I was astounded once more by their beauty.
|Passage des Panoramas|
|The unusual ceiling lights|
|The utterly delicious wafer thin vegetables covering a cervice of scallop|
|Cod with spinach three ways.|
The chef is Sinichi Sato and the restaurant has 2 stars! The lunch was very reasonably priced at E70 per person excluding wine. It was an experience I can highly recommend.
On a more frivolous note - Owen Wilson and his brother Luke were staying at our hotel - on our floor actually! One morning, he barged out of floor as we were getting in and said "Excuse me" most politely!!
Finally, we visited Château de Fontainebleau, 55 kilometres outside of Paris. We spent a few perfect hours in this magnificent palace and gardens and you can read more about Fontainebleau here on the fabulous Quintessence Blog.
This image above is of Napoleon's campaign tent which I found intriguing!