Thursday, February 4, 2016

Travel: Musée d'Orsay

For me, travel is far more than ticking countries off the list. I choose to visit a city based on passion and personal interests. It always turns out to be the best holiday when something deeper has been fulfilled and there's a desire to return. History, arts and culture are the three travel ingredients that fit together seamlessly. I can't imagine a trip to Paris without exploring the museums and its unrivalled collection. The Louvre might get all the attention but did you know Paris has 153 museums? Read along as I take you to my most favorite of all, Musée d'Orsay.

Musée d'Orsay, a former train station built in 1900, is famous for its large collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist arts that you know so well from Manet, Renoir, Monet, Van Gogh and others. Crowds are usually thinner compared to Musée du Louvre. I suggest to purchase your entrance tickets ahead through the official website. Each admission ticket costs €12 (50 AED). Bring the print outs and head over to the reserved entrance at Musée d'Orsay.

You can still see traces of the railway station including a brass gold baroque clock that dominates the main hall. This exquisite edifice houses a range of artworks from paintings, sculptures, decorative arts to vintage architectural blueprints. Most of the impressionist paintings are located on the upper floor. I remember my heart beating into a baffling rhythm each step towards the room. "Where's the Monet?!" as I screamed internally. I'm an avid fan of impressionism that I even tried (but failed miserably) to recreate a few paintings back in the days. My father, who is a creative hero, would sometimes demonstrate to me the ease of blending and layering colors for creating an impressionist style. The technique was very much defined by visual strokes to capture light without getting too caught up in the details. Too grateful for my parents who exert strong influences on me when it comes to stretching my creative muscles on another craft. My love for arts becomes immeasurable. Seeing Monet's paintings was a definite highlight of my trip. The atmosphere of Musée d'Orsay depicts a setting much more intimate as its arts, so profound to which I have considered this as an iconic experience. Still gives me goosebumps when I think about it. Before you go, don't forget to take a peek behind the giant clock with a picturesque frame of the Right Bank and Montmartre rising in the distance. What a view!


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