Little Parisian Gems

Over the past few weeks, I have been to Paris twice. I am one of the few people who can say they have seen Notre-Dame twice. Once with its beautiful vaulted ceilings, and once from afar, after the ceiling had burned away. The mood around Notre-Dame had shifted from a place of awed reverence, to a mood of despair. Despite this tragedy, Paris still had many little charms to enjoy that most people do not seem to mention when they talk about their travels. I would like to mention a few I specifically enjoyed. The first is the Musée d’Orsay. When people think “art museum in France,” they almost always picture the Louvre. While the Louvre is absolutely wonderful, I think Musée d’Orsay is another must-see museum. It is specifically dedicated to French Impressionists.
Musée d’Orsay houses works by artists such as Renoir, Dega, Van Gogh, and Monet. It also has a reduced ticket price for students! Another cool thing to do, and a wonderful way to see Paris, is to take a boat tour on the river Seine. I took one and not only did I get to see many beautiful buildings and parks along the river, but the boat also provided a WiFi connection that gave a historic commentary of the buildings and parks. If a history lesson doesn’t interest you, then the boat also provided classical background music to maintain a peaceful atmosphere. The final thing on this list is to peruse the riverside vendors. Dotted along the Seine are green boxes owned by various merchants, who open them and sell to the people walking by. They most often sell things like Parisian memorabilia, vintage books, antiques, and various posters and magazine covers. If you take a second to look at some of the items, you might find a really cool book or souvenir to take home. I hope these little gems of Paris help make your future trip there as enjoyable as mine.

Dega’s “Little Dancer of Fourteen Years in the
Musée d’Orsay
I took this picture while on the Seine boat tour.

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