The Orsay Museum or “Orsay”, definitely figures in the World’s top five museums (Musea?). A project launched by President Giscard d’Estaing, it was finished by Mitterrand. Probably the latter’s single most important achievement. Orsay has the largest collection of Impressionist painters. (Yeah! We beat the Met!). Housed in a former railway station, it is a must in any trip to Paris. Now, if the queue is long, you can still walk “around Orsay”. And enjoy the surroundings.
Right behind the Museum are those statues by Bourdelle, a contemporary of Rodin, though of not so much fame. L. to r. “La victoire” (Victory. This one is for my friend Victo Dolore) and “La force de volonté” (The strength of willpower).
La Victoire. Detail.
Victory. Again. And always. 😉
When we were in Paris, I wanted to live in a “péniche”.
No. Not the Captain.
South America. Above and below.
Note: “Arjentina” with a J.
North America: Washington, Lafayette (who lent a hand) Franklin and Jefferson. The latter has his statue across the street, by the Seine. I seem to have misplaced the photo. Will look for it. Otherwise I will have to go back to Paris. 🙂
Napoléon, Premier Consul. On the façade of the Museum of the Legion of Honour, the maximum decoration in France, created by Napoleon. The Museum faces Orsay.
Asian Rhinoceros on Orsay’s explanade. Almost extinct now. Too soon, only this – and a few other – statues will keep the memory.
Above and below: Pont Alexandre III. The most impressive bridge in Paris… Not exactly Orsay, but within walking distance.
Le Grand Palais, in the background.
Orsay from the right bank. And, last but not least: The river, my river, the Seine:
Thank you for walking with Equinoxio. A lovely week to all passengers.