Musee d’Orsay is one of my very favorite museums anyplace. Situated along the left bank of the Seine in central Paris and housed in the spectacular former Beaux Arts era Orsay train station, the museum contains the world’s largest collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, sculptures, and furniture.
Rooms upon rooms of Monet, Manet, Renoir, Gauguin, Serat, Degas, and any other masters of that period contain dozens of pieces we’ve all seen in print or on screen before. So much artistic brilliance in one place! One special exhibition, “The Mystical Landscape from Monet to Kandinsky,” staged in very subdued light, was a wonderland of paintings that all possessed the magical quality of having “a light from within,” as if sunlight or moonlight emanated from the canvas!
After that sensational experience, we needed to be outdoors. So we headed to the Luxembourg Garden, a 60-acre public garden spreading out from the Luxumbourg Palace, with its lawns, tree groves, promenades, and a circular water basin where children (and some adults) sail model sailboats. The garden is a popular gathering place for residents, tourists, school children, sunbathers.
We came across a performance in the bandshell by Podium, the gay men’s choir of Paris. They sang and danced for an enthusiastic crowd of all ages sitting in lawn chairs. At their break, they posed for me, waving hello in the photo that I sent back to the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus.