Sarah’s account of the day:
By this stage of the Paris trip we were both quite tired, and more than a little sick, so we allowed ourselves a little bit of a sleep in. Which we probably shouldn’t have done considering we had three museums to tackle.
First stop of the day was the Musee D’Orsay, which holds the world’s largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces. I was completely unaware that the museum is in an old train station, Gare D’Orsay, and what a spectacular building it is! Finished in time for the 1900 Exposition Universelle, similar to the Eiffel Tower, by 1939 its platforms were too short for the trains that were running on the main line by then, before becoming a mailing centre during World War Two. It then became a set for films, and was almost demolished in 1970 before joining the list of National Historic Monuments in 1978. By 1981…
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