First stop of the day is to Musée de l’Orangerie which contains two rooms housing 8 of Monet’s Water Lilies compositions made up from 22 panels for a total length of 90.83 metres. The greens and blues and purples of the paintings make for a calming feeling while sitting and taking in Monet’s spectacular accomplishment.
Downstairs, a very interesting exhibition on Emile Bernard (1868-1941), which had plenty of information in English, along with the Walter-Guillaume Collection which contains work by artists such as Renoir (see below), Monet, Picasso and Matisse, made this an excellent visit.
From one excellent museum to another – Musée Guimet. Containing a huge collection of Asian art this was an interesting wander, bringing back memories of my travels in Asia. With more time this would certainly have been worth a second visit to do justice to the large collection on show.
Following a late lunch I find a spectacular looking patisserie – Pain de Sucre (I’ll be back later for sure!). A visit to Musée d’Orsay at the end of the day allowed an hour wandering the large impressionist collection.
Patisserie perfection! I’ll be back…
Monday morning and I make a 4th and final visit to the Louvre and finish my Paris trip off with an excellent 3 course meal in a little restaurant near Pain de Sucre before jumping back on the Eurostar back home.
After a final wander round the Louvre – Monday morning is surprisingly the busiest of my 4 visits over the weekend – I find a little restaurant to enjoy a final meal before heading to the Eurostar.
Potage, a thick vegetable soup to start, followed by a fantastically bloody, medium rare, fillet of beef served with soft creamy mash and peppercorn sauce. The combination of the meat juices and peppercorn sauce adds an awesome flavour to the soft, smooth mash and the last remaining drops are mopped up with some bread to leave a clean plate!
For dessert I opt for a chocolate fondant with custard, this is topped with small curls of white and dark chocolate which add a crunch to the thin, tasty custard and the thick, rich, chocolaty goodness of the fondant – a lovely contrast in textures and flavours.
To finish, a rich, full-flavoured espresso – which I’ve come to love having never been a coffee drinker prior to this trip – served with a small dish of candied, sugared, soft jellied orange peel, giving both a fantastic rich, bitter-orange flavour and sweetness to accompany the espresso. A perfect end to a brilliant weekend!