Recently I was in Paris for a night with the girls. When I say ‘the girls’ I’m referring to a fabulous bunch of Aussie gals, all in our 40s, who have found ourselves within proximity of Paris and each other. Our ties are loose but bind us together pretty tightly. I have worked with all but one of them in my past corporate career, and that one is the best friend of my last boss (also a fabulous gal!) What amazes me most about them is that they’ve come from small country towns in rural Australia: Mudgee, Victor Harbour, and the Queensland Hinterland and now have these fabulous careers taking them across Europe (and the world) regularly. They are smart, funny, hard working, kind and professional. They are the best for a champagne night in Paris!
During the course of our conversation on our champagne bar tour of Paris, our visiting gal from Melbourne asked what in Paris is a must see for her next three days. The Musee D’Orsay was first on the list and each of chimed in with our favourite pieces there – the large bronze statue of women holding up the world, the giant polar bear sculpture that manages to look so soft while being carved of stone, the paper model of Paris set into the floor under glass so you can walk over it, and the tiny model theatre sets next to the Paris model with their intricate details. And of course the clocks. And the cafe next to the clocks. And the amazing collection of Impressionists works. The Degas ballet dancer sculpture. The Art Deco furniture collection.
So you get the picture there is a lot to see. Its varied and you can cover a lot of arty ground under one roof. Get there in the morning (it opens at 9.30am – closed on Mondays!), accept that there may be a queue to get in, give yourself plenty of time to wander and wonder, and stop by the cafe for a rest and refuel.
1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, Paris (is that not the best address ever!!!)
Metro: Solferino on Line 12 (Green line)
Hours: 9.30am to 6:00pm (closed Mondays)
Tickets: 11 euro (14 euro combined ticket with the Orangerie or 15 euro with the Rodin)