Paris, Places

Hotel Ibis Styles Paris CDG

Hi, it’s me Marimonda.

Today I’d like to share my experience at Hotel Ibis Styles Paris CDG (3-star).

Hotel Ibis Styles Paris CDG is located in front of the Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminal I, Paris. Thanks to its amazing location, it’s a perfect place to stay before and after your trip with reasonable price. You can find hotels in Terminal 2 (which is a hub airport of Air France and other major airlines), but they’re usually more expensive and considering the fact that there are not many things to do at the airport (you need to come to the downtown anyway if you’d like to do something), it wasn’t a good option for me.

Since I live near the RER B line(airport line), I usually don’t get a room before or after my trip. This time, however, was an exception because I had luggages and my flight was early in the morning. Moreover, recently there were many changes in schedules in RER due to strikes and other reasons. I didn’t want to risk but neither spend a lot of money in an accomodation. Thus, I decided to stay at the hotel near airport so that I could relax before my trip.

Room

I booked the standard room (17). The concept of the hotel is a spaceship as far as I remember (or just space?). I had the moon inside the room as you can see in the picture above. Complimentary water and a mini snack are provided. It has a cheval mirror in front of the door and on the opposite there’s a bathroom. Next to the bathroom, there’s a hanger so you can put your clothes and store luggages. The facilities are very simple, and the room is spacious enough. The amenities are provided in a tube (multi-purpose ones).As you probably know, Hotel Ibis Styles has a distance from fancy, but very practical. If you’re looking for more privileged hotels(4-star) near airport, there are other options such as Pullman, Sheraton, or Marriott.

Breakfast

Breakfast is included in the room rate (€98) and the meal was okay. Personally, cold food (cheese & ham) seemed to have quite good options, bread and fresh fruits are offered. I found Ibis styles offers relatively good breakfast compared to other hotels for the similar price.

Hotel Ibis Styles is a member of Accor Hotels, thus if you reserve a room via its official website you can accumulate the points. Accor is a French multinational hospitality company and it offers wide options of accomodation in Europe. Now, their Accor Super Sale(30% off + free breakfast) is going on if you reserve by 18th Oct. 2019 and stay from 15th Dec.2019 to 1st Mar. 2020. Don’t miss out opportunity to enjoy your vacation with better deal.

Enjoy your trip with Marimonda. See you soon!

Practical Info.

Address : 1 Rue de la Haye, 93290 Tremblay-en-France

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Food, Paris

KL pâtisserie

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you KL pâtisserie, one of the best pastry stores in Paris. France is known for its dessert, so many people come to Paris to study pastry. One of my friends also studied pastry in Paris and worked here for about year. Before she go back to her homeland, she wanted to visit all famous pastry shops in Paris, and I was lucky to accompany with her.

Atmosphere

The atmosphere of the salon was quiet. Since I am used to a coffee shop like Starbucks where everyone chats and full of energy and noise, this place seemed quite calm and tranquil. I saw other people having a coffee break , and everything was so organized. It looks like a high-end patisserie, but also a very comfy place to chill out.

It’s grey-based store with golden color highlights. The store looks bigger than it is thanks to its open kitchen. You might able to see the chef and his team baking there. When you get into the store the server will come and introduce you a table. It was my first time (and the last time so far) to visit here, thus I didn’t know what was famous and which dessert I should try. So I went to the vitrine to look at some desserts and I decided what to order.

Menu and Service

The server was very kind. If you’re not sure what to have, s.he will suggest something based on your taste. This place is known for its fig tart(Fichi viola) , so we ordered one. We also ordered a mirabelle tart (tarte mirabelle) because it’s the seasonal fruit. For coffees, we ordered allongé, a french style americano with less water.

The coffee was nothing special. You could find the better one in other coffee shops, but this is not a place specialized in coffee. Thus, it was okay. The tower of sugar caught my eyes. It was fun and unique way to offer sugar for your coffee. It was fun but less practical because if you want bigger or smaller sugar (or even white or brown one) than the one on the top, it was hassle to get it.

The tarts were successful. You can feel the generosity of the chef by looking at the amount of the fruit. Thanks to the massive amount of the fruit, the tarts were not that sweet and I loved them. Personally, I preferred the mirabelle tart because it had a bit more crunchy texture than fig tart.

Both tarts were not super pricey ( € 6) considering the quality of the food. I think it’s because the pastry store is located in the 17th arrondissement, which is little bit away from the touristic area (about 20 mins by foot from the Arc de Triomphe). With one allongé, I paid less than €10 which is reasonable price in a decent cafe here.

Overall, it’s worth visiting here if you’d like to experience a great dessert. Especially, the chef Kevin Lacote seems like one of the best pastry chefs in Paris. After seeing his experiences, now I know why my friend wanted to come here. The chef has an impressive career that all patissier would dream of. My point is, if you’re studying or interested in pastry world, it’s a must-visit place in Paris.

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Practical Info.

Address : 78 avenue de Villiers 75017 Paris

Hours :  9 a.m. – 7 : 30 p.m. (Tue.-Fri.) / 9:30 a.m. – 7 : 30 p.m. (Sat.) / 9 : 30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Sun.)

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Food, Paris

Casse Croûte Grec

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you a kebab resto. It is very common to see a kebab place in Paris. Almost every block has one kebab restaurant in downtown. If you see a red and yellow(sometimes white) sign at night, it’s probably a kebab restaurant. Kebab is originally from Middle East, however in Paris (or maybe in France) it’s very easy to find kebab place every corner due to many immigrants.

Thanks to its cheap price and big portion, Casse Croûte Grec is beloved food by students who can’t have proper meal during the day because of the class schedule or other reasons. It also serves crêpes, but their specialty is kebab. Plus, there’s famous crêpes resto in Rue Mouffetard (5th arrondissement), and I’d like to post of that place soon.

This dark green kebab house attracts the eyes from far distance. It’s located in 5th near Sorbonne university. During the semester usually it’s crowded with students. It seems like a mouth to ear restaurant among students, and that’s how I found this place, too. I always see many students having kebab on the picnic table next to Pantheon and finally I was one of them.

The restaurant chosen one of the best kebab places in Paris by kebab-frites.com (I think it’s a kebab community, haven’t heard of it before). The store is very small and the seats are not that comfortable, probably that’s why many people take out their lunch or snack here. I’ve been here couple of times and there’s always one cook who takes order and prepares the food. Thus, the service seems to be slower than other places, but since it’s a fast food your kebab will be ready within five minutes unless there’s a queue.

When you order a plate(assiette kebab), they serve the bread separately, thus you can wrap your meat and veggies if you’d like. That’s easier to eat in the restaurant but to take out obviously kebab is better since you wouldn’t need any utensil to eat it. I recommend algerian sauce (the orangish sauce on the plate) to add your kebab. It has little bit of spicy flavor thus the sauce goes really well with kebab, which can be a bit greasy as time goes by. Also it’s an amazing combination with french fries.

Maybe I am not that into kebab that much, so I didn’t find any specialty of this place to be honest. Or, I’ve tried only 3~4 kebab restaurants in Paris, thus it’s too small number of places to compare. What I liked the most here was french fries because they’re prepared right after the order. The price of the menu is less than 10 euros including a drink.

Happy Travel with Marimonda 🙂 See you soon!

Practical Info.

Address : 4 rue de l’Ecole Polytechnique  75005 Paris

Hours : 11 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. (Mon. – Sat.) Closed on Sunday

Food, Paris

Chefs du quartier

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you chefs du quartier, a concept restaurant in Paris. Being a world gourmet city, there are so many good restaurants in Paris. I even have a long wish list for restaurants. Since I can’t afford all of them, I need to think and plan well before I visit restaurants. Last time I introduced Pierre Sang (to see my previous post on Pierre Sang, click here), where you can get a decent three-course meal for €25. Chefs du quartier is not that fancy, it looks like a typical restaurant you can find every corner, but it offers warm and comfortable atmosphere with yummy home food.

It’s located near 13th arrondissement, not in touristic area. Thus, if you’re visiting Paris only for few days, maybe it’s not worth to visit, because time will be very important for you. However, if you have relatively enough time in Paris and you’d like to try for budget course meal, this place is for you.

Welcomed its first guest in 2014, the restaurant offers not only the food, but also offer cooking classes, or cooking related activities. Today’s menu is the only menu. When I visited, today’s menu was beet yogurt purée, risotto with duck and green vegetables, and apple pie.

We ordered three course meal and a glass of wine.

The two-course meal costs € 11.5, and the three-course meal is €15. The both menu includes a cup of coffee in the end. A glass of wine is €3 and teas are €1. Baguette is unlimited. If you take out your food, it’s €2~3 cheaper than restaurant price.

Amongst the dish I had, I liked the entrée the most. It was very creamy and refreshing. Also it went really well with its crunch nut garnish and sliced green onion. Risotto is good. When it was just served it was very yummy, but as it got colder, the duck became a bit greasy. Maybe that’s why they put a lot of coriander above to refresh you. For dessert, apple pie was served. It was good but it wasn’t that impressive.

Overall, it was a satisfying visit. The price was reasonable and the food was good. Actually, I went there for three times but every single time I went, it was full. This time I went there really early like 11:30 a.m. to check if the seats are available. The cook told me that there was a seat today, but he recommended to book a table in advance. Since the restaurant is quite small and serves relatively balanced food with good price, it’s always full.

Happy Travel with Marimonda. See you soon 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 12 Rue du Jura, 75013 Paris, France

Hours : 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Mon.-Fri. ~7:45 p.m. on Wed.)  / 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Sat.)  / Closed on Monday

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Food, Paris

Sanukia

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you Sanukia, an authentic and probably one of the best Japanese Udon restaurants in Paris. Located near Opera Garnier, this orange canopy will catch your attention from distance, and there’s usually a line to get in.

Atmosphere

The restaurant is relatively small and have many individual seats toward the wall and the kitchen, which made me think it’s more authentic. Their menu is full of noodles in different styles. I ordered a lunch menu of tempura udon with side dish and a drink. With your lunch menu, you can only order appetizer + menu (+€5 to the main menu), or appetizer + menu + drink (+€7 to the main menu) For drink, I had calpis, one of typical Japanese sweet milky soda. In your udon, you can add up more toppings as you wish. I only added grated radish(€1), but the onsen tamago (poached egg, €2) is one of the most popular toppings.

Menu and Service

For appetizer, a bowl of burdock rice, fried chicken, eggs, and some salad were served. If you’re a small eater, probably this entrée can fill you up enough. Even if you’re not a small eater, I do recommend you not to finish all at once, since Udon is also mostly made out of flour (carbonate) and you’ll be full very easily.

The tempura udon was full of fried vegetables and shrimps. The soup was served separately to keep your fries crispy. The noodle was very well-cooked so did fries. The portion is quite big, thus I couldn’t finish all.

The servers were very friendly and considerate. It was a very sunny day, thus they prepared umbrellas so that we could use it to block some Sunshine. The food wasn’t served that quickly since many people were waiting, but the quality of the food was awesome.

Overall, it was a good idea to visit here. The only thing I didn’t liked was the price. It was about €25 for the menu and it seems a bit overpriced to me. To me, it’s a price for sushi not for udon. But if I miss udon, I think I would go back to this place because it’s the best udon place I’ve ever been to in Paris.

Hope this review help you to choose a right restaurant in Paris. See you again 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 9 Rue d’Argenteuil, 75001 Paris, France

Hours :  11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.

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Food, Paris

Trois Fois Plus de Piment

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you an authentic Sichuan restaurant, Trois Fois Plus de Piment, in Paris. Characterized by its spiciness, Sichuan food is known for using a lot of garlic and peppers. There are many sichuan restaurants here from budget to luxury. This is a budget place If you’re looking for something spicy, this place is definitely for you. Three branches are in Paris (Beaubourg, Saint Germain, and Montmartre), and I went to the one in Saint Germain. I wanted to visit this place in the middle of August, but it was closed due to the summer holidays. Many French restaurants are in vacation August(for about 3 weeks), thus if you’d like to try a specific restaurant, you should contact them before unless it might be closed.

Atmosphere

Located in 5th arrondissement, this place is full of vivid energy. It’s a casual restaurant. As you can see in the picture, the restaurant isn’t that big but cozy and can accomodate about 20~ 25 people. I went there quite late on the week, and the restaurant was almost full. It would be better book a table if you’re more than a group of four.

Menu and Service

LIke a night snack food truck, the food in this place is quite simple. Mainly, They sell noodles and dumplings. You can choose different garnishes, noodles and spiciness to your taste. For the level of spicy, there are 0-5. We asked the clerk, and she told us she hadn’t seen anyone ordered more than level 3. We ordered one dumpling with sichuan sauce (spicy level 1) to share and two Dan Dan noodles with soup in different spicy level (1 and 2), one dumpling soup, and one vermicelli with soup.

The food was served quite fast. I usually have dumplings with soy sauce and red pepper powder. Thus, the dumplings with level 1 sauce wasn’t spicy. It worked up my appetite. But I felt the noodles with the same level were spicer than dumplings. The soup was hot and it made me feel more spicier I guess. The noodles were very chewy and properly cooked. Since the place was awarded the prize best noodles Fooding Guide in 2016, no wonder I felt in that way. But my favorite was dumplings!

The staffs were super and tried to give us good advice to choose the right level. If it’s not spicy enough, you may ask the sauce to spice up your dish. One of my friends loves spicy food. After talking to the server, he ordered level 2, but he asked more sauce in the end. Also, you can ask not to put coriander in your food if you don’t like it.

The price was reasonable. It’s not cheap nor expensive. One main dish costs around €10~13, the five dumplings are €5.4. Including drink, €20 will be enough budget for a meal.

Hope this review help you to choose a right restaurant in Paris. See you again 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : Beaubourg: 184 Rue Saint Martin 75003
Saint Germain: 17 Rue Frédéric Sauton 75005 (This is the restaurant where I went)
Montmartre: 9 Rue Rodier 75009

Hours :  12:00 – 15:00 / 19:00 – 23:00 , Closed on Mondays

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Food, Paris

La Régalade

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you a quality French restaurant La Régalade. There are three branches in Paris, I went to the one called La Régalade Conservatoire. It’s the third restaurant of chef Bruno Doucet. Located in the 9th arrondissement, this bistro-like restaurant offers a three-course meal for a reasonable price considering its location and atmosphere.

Atmosphere

The restaurant shares the ground floor with the Lobby of the Hôtel de NELL. Don’t feel you should dress up to go there. It’s a rather casual place than a formal one. Still, the quality of the food is very high and tasty.

After ordering food, the server will bring you some complimentary tartare and bread. It didn’t look special, but it was yummy, one of the best tartares I’ve ever tried in Paris.

Menu and Service

The three course meal starts from €41. It’s a set price excluding beverages. You can change some dishes with extra charge. Daily specials are on the wall, it will add up about €5~10 on your bill. My friends and I chose basic menu (without extra charge), still there are 4~5 options for each course. If it’s your first visit, I think it’s better to try the basic menu since the most signature food of the restaurant are on the list.

For appetizer, we ordered three different dishes : Risotto crémeux à l’encre de seiche (creamy risotto with cuttlefish ink), salmon, and zucchini and arugula cold soup. The creamy shrimp risotto is the most famous appetizer in this place, also recommended by the chef. It was a pleasure to feel the creamy, crispy, and chewy textures altogether. Personally, I prefer smoked salmon to cooked one. Thus, the salmon didn’t give me an impact, but it was yummy and refreshing. The cold soup was good to work up my appetite.

For main, we ordered veal steak and fried pork. The veal cooked perfectly. We ordered a bottle of Bourgogne wine to pair with the meat. It cost a bit less than €40 as far as I remember. More exclusive wines were available when I dined out there, and it was upto €1600. The pork seemed deep fried thus you can feel crunchy and soft texture at the same time. The pork was the chef’s recommendation. It won’t let you down.

For dessert, we ordered rice pudding and souffle. Accompanied with caramel sauce, the rice pudding was very sweet. It was a bit big portion, though. The souffle was very tender and melted in mouth. We couldn’t finish all, but they were perfect to finish the meal.

The quality of the service was high enough. The servers tried to explained us all the menus and their specialties. They were always reachable and ready to answer our inquiries.

Overall, it was a satisfying visit. The portion of the food is big. None of us could finish the dessert. We ordered four course meals, one bottle of wine, one glass of wine, two beers, and one bottle of sparkling water. We paid €60 each including a small tip (like 3% of the total payment).

IN FRANCE, YOU DON’T LEAVE A TIP!

Thus, leaving a tip was a gesture to express my satisfaction to the food and service.

Hope this review help you to choose a right restaurant in Paris. See you again 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 11 Rue du Conservatoire, 9e Paris

Hours :  07:00–10:30, 12:00–14:00, 18h30–22:30

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Paris, Places

The Palais Garnier

Hello, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce you the Palais Garnier also known as Opera. As a symbol of Paris, the Palais Garnier is an eye-catching architecture from far distance with its green roof and fancy decoration. It has a distinct architect style called <Napoleon III>, which includes Baroque, Renaissance, and Classicism all together. The Palais Garnier is also famous for the background of the book written by Gaston Leroux and the musical <the Phantom of the Opera>.

First it was built as the Académie Royale de Danse(Royal Academy of Dance) by Louis XIV in 1661. At that moment, it aimed to train dancers and formalize choreographic. Eight years later, Académie Royale de Musique (Royal Academy of Music) was created and this place started focus on dance and music. The name of the building followed after the architect Charles Garnier. Today, it’s primarily used for ballet and opera performances by Paris Opera Ballet, while the Opera Bastille is a home symphony and some ballet performances.

I reserved <The Paris Opera 350th Anniversary> tour to look around here. It takes 1h 20 mins and it costs €18. This tour is more focused on the history of the Paris Opera. If you’re interested in the structure of the building or general information on it, you can also take <The Opera Garnier Day Tour> which lasts 1h 20 mins(same) and costs €17. Considering that the entrance ticket costs €14 and the audio guide is €5, the guided tour seems to be a good deal.

Don’t forget to exchange your online reservation voucher to a ticket. You might have to line up and wait to get your ticket, thus I recommend you to arrive at least 15 mins before your reservation time. When you get your ticket, you should present one of your ID card. Then, wait for your guide in the waiting room. Your guide will distribute the audio system and check whether it works well or not. After checking the audio system, your tour begins. You can stay as long as you want after the tour until it closes.

You would be amazed by its opulence Grand Staircase when you step in the building. In the middle, there’s a big staircase decorated with marbles and fancy candle sticks and sculptures. Standing there and seeing people taking pictures, I felt as if I were a celebrity. It is breathtaking.

After learning some history of the Palais Garnier, I visited Auditorium and had an opportunity to sit down and listen to the history. The auditorium is impressive, and the guide explained us some scenes of the Phantom of the Opera such as where the phantom appears, etc. Plus, if there’s no performance going on, you could see a preparation room on the right end of the stage where Edgar Degas got inspirations when he painted his ballet series. Normally, it’s blocked with stage decorations, thus it’s hard to see.

The chandelier on the roof is full of Marc Chagall’s painting. He painted performances presented in the Palais Garnier. He added some flavors to this classical decoration.

The Grand Foyer is also an important spot to look. Decorated with candle sticks and paintings, the salon was similar to the Palace of Versailles. There’s a balcony where you can see the view of Paris. Don’t miss it!

Overall, the building is beautifully decorated and a great example of the prosperity of France. It might be a good idea to dress up moderately to get nice pictures if you plan to visit there. I stayed there for about two hours including the tour and it was enough.

Enjoy your trip with Marimonda! See you soon. 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : Place de l’Opéra 75009 Paris

Hours : 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (self-guided tour),

Admission for the participant of the guided tour hour is different depending on your tour schedule

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Paris, Places

Orangerie Museum (Musée de l’Orangerie)

Hi, it’s me Marimonda!

Today, I’d like to introduce the Orangerie Museum in Paris, also known as the museum of Water Lilies by Claude Monet. Here, you can find paintings or other art pieces by impressionists and post-impressionists including Claude Monet, Paul Cézanne, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Auguste Renoir, etc.

The museum consists of two floors. On the first floor, there are two rooms filled with Water Lilies. First of all, I was surprised to the size of the paintings. They are the biggest ones I’ve ever seen. Each painting is full of the artist’s powerful touch and the paintings reflected very well the garden. It is much more impressive if you visit Giverny.

Each exhibition hall has three paintings of Water Lilies. In the middle, there’s a chair where you can sit down and enjoy the masterpieces. If you loved Water Lilies, going Giverny is not an option. You can read more about Giverny in my previous article, click here.

To see other paintings, you should go down. In the middle, there’s a mini-cafe and souvenir shop. They don’t have many options but it’s good enough to take some break.

There are many pictures that we have probably seen in books or exhibitions. I chose some paintings from each artist to show the characteristic of each artist.

Even though you’re not a It’s interesting to explore the paintings and see different views and expressions of artists even though they’re grouped in Impressionism.

Two to three hours would be enough to enjoy the paintings in the Orangerie Museum. The museum is relatively less busy compared to the Orsay or the Louvre. Located in the Tuilerie garden, you can also take a break before or after visiting the museum in the park.

As a Carte Blanche (an annual membership card) Duo holder, I can visit the Orsay Museum and the Orangerie Museum whenever I want including one additional person. It only cost 40€ for a year(less than 36 years old), but since I was a Ami du Louvre (Louvre Museum annual membership card), I could get 20% off to get the membership. Thus, for 32€ I can go to the two museums anytime in the year with one of my friends per visit. Also you can enter the skip the line queue and you would get a free guided tour for each museum. I think it’s a great option if you live in Paris over 26 years old and go to the two places often.

Enjoy your travel with Marimonda! See you soon 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : Jardin Tuileries, 75001 Paris

Hours : 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Wed.-Mon.) Closed on Tuesdays.

Ticket: 9€ (adult), various combinations are available.

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Paris, Places

The Orsay Museum

Hi, it’s me Marimonda.

Today, I’d like to introduce you one of the most popular museums in Paris, Orsay Museum. It’s called a museum but it’s closer to an art gallery.

Used to be a train station, the Orsay museum is well-known for its big clocks on the facade toward the Seine and various collections of paintings mostly in 19th- 20th centuries. From Millet to Seurat, you can see the development of the art movements, esp. in France.

Brief History

Built in 1898-1900, the Orsay Museum primarily served as a train station(Gare d’Orsay) and a hotel to facilitate the visitors of 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. It provided the rail service of southwestern France until 1939. In 1986, it opened its door as a museum with rich art collections and became a must visit place in Paris. There are three important museums in Paris : The Louvre, The Orsay, and The Pompidou. You can find art collections in different era in each museum. There might be few exceptions but at the Louvre you may find art pieces until 1848, at the Orsay(1848 ~1914) and the Pompidou (1914~).

Facilities

After the security check, you will pass two souvenir shops on your left and right. You will see a long hallway(nef) full of statues such as a miniature of the Statue of Liberty (the artist is a French, that’s probably why they display a mini one). On the side of the nef, you can see artist-based rooms and the exhibition continues to upto 5th floors.

There are plenty of the bathrooms in the museum. At the entrance, you may find one below the stairs, also another one at the end of the hall. Since the museum is very big, you may take a break at a restaurant or cafes. The restaurant is located on the second floor (in French, 1er étage), the Café de l’ours is on the ground floor(rez-de-chaussée) in front of the white bear(Ours blanc), and the Café Campana is on the 5th floor, end of the gallery of Impressionism. Since the coffee shops and the restaurant are inside the museum, their menus are more expensive than nearby places. Compared to other two, the cafe de l’our is more casual and cheaper which make it’s more popular than other two places. There is an auditorium on the 2nd basement floor, where you can enjoy cultural activities such as cinema, concert, or performances. You can check the programs on the web.

Art Pieces

As I mentioned above, the Orsay Museum is a great collection of late 19th and early 20th masterpieces. In the Orsay Museum, you can see <The Gleaners> and <The Angelus> by Jean François Millet, or <Self-portrait> by Vincent Van Gogh, <Olympia> by Édouard Manet, <The Ballet Class> by Edgar Degas, <The Saint Lazare Station> by Claude Monet, etc. Seeing the paintings, it reminds me of my school times. I had difficulties to remember names of the artists and the paintings which were mostly on the exams. If I had had opportunities to visit the orsay, I would have gotten better grades in arts. You can see most paintings or other artworks in the museum on its official website. Click here.

Even though it’s a post on the Orsay Museum in general, I have to admit that I’d like focus a bit more on paintings by Vincent Van Gogh. After visiting Dr. Gachet’s house the 3rd Saturday in Auvers-sur-Oise, I became more interested in the Dr. Gachet. I am very curious how he could engage the great impressionists (i.g. Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, Gustave Courbet, Auguste Renoir, and Édouard Manet, of course Vincent Van Gogh, too.) and build up his networks with them. Last week, I spent a lot of time in the Vincent Van Gogh room (with artworks of Gauguin on the 2nd floor).

Since I saw the greenery wheatfield when I went to the town in June (see the previous post on Auvers-sur-Oise), this time I wish I could see the goldish wheatfield. Unfortunately, they just started harvest. As a result I failed to see the scenery like a painting again. Hopefully, next time…

Don’t forget to enjoy the view at the terrace of the museum. Next to the cafe, there’s a door you can go out and see the view of the Seine and the Louvre, or even Sacre-coeur.

Special exhibitions are on-going all around the year. Now, you can enjoy Berthe Morisot exhibition until 22nd September, 2019.

Enjoy your trip with Marimonda! See you soon. 🙂

Practical Info.

Address : 1 Rue de la Légion d’Honneur, 75007 Paris

Hours : 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Tue.-Sun.) except Thursday (9:30 a.m. – 9:45 p.m.) / Closed on Mondays

Ticket : €14 (adult) /

Museum pass available (some days in high season, the museum pass doesn’t guarantee that your entrance)

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