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.


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~).


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)


France, Travel

Auvers-sur-Oise 오베르 쉬르 우와즈

Hello, it’s me Marimonda.

In the last article, I wrote a review after visiting Giverny. Today, I’d like to guide you to Auvers-sur-Oise, a town located about 30 km away from Paris. This village became famous because Vincent Van Gogh spent his last 70 days and drew 80 paintings here.

Van Gogh described this town as ” Auvers is for really gravely beautiful, it’s the heart of the countryside, distinctive and picturesque.” in a letter to his brother Theo. As he described, the village is very peaceful and full of nature. Including Van Gogh, this small town inspired many artists like Camille Pissarro, Paul Cézanne, or Charles François Dauvigny etc.

The easiest way to get to Auvers-sur-Oise using public transportation is taking a train. With navigo pass covering zone 5, you can visit Auvers-sur-Oise without paying extra penny on train.

At Gare de Saint-Lazare or Gare du Nord, you can take RER C, Transilien line J(Saint-Lazare) or H (Gare du Nord) to pontoise, then transfer the train toward Persan-Beaumont. Then take off at Auvers-sur-Oise.

On the weekend, it’s easier to go there. There’s direct train from Gare du Nord to Auvers-sur-Oise (Transilien Line H, departs at 9:38 a.m.) and from Auvers-sur-Oise to Paris (Transilien Line H, departs at 6:32 p.m.).

Once you take off the train station, there’s a tourist information center across the street. You can stroll around the town or take recommended courses, Chemin des Peintres. Following the path, you will be able to see printed pictures with real scenery that inspired the paintings. I went there last Saturday (8th June), yet the field was too green. I may visit there again in a month to see yellow wheatfield.

Auberge Ravoux by Marimonda World

Next to the tourist information center, you will find Auberge Ravoux, which Van Gogh stayed in 1890. His room was quite small (7 sq.m) and empty. Entering Auberge Ravoux is strictly regulated. Hence, you should ask the time you can enter the building when you purchase the ticket. You can enter the building with a guide who will explain about the place and Van Gogh. Taking pictures inside the place is prohibited.

Van Gogh moved to this town to continue his treatment with Dr. Gachet. In the middle of the town you might see a direction saying Dr. Gachet’s house. The doctor not only consulted artists such as Cézanne, Pissarro and Renoir including Van Gogh, but also provided his place as a meeting point to them. As a result, many artists stayed or visited this small town and were inspired by the town’s view.

Tombs – Marimonda World

Don’t forget to the check out the town’s graveyard. There, you can find where the great painter and his brother is resting. The tombs are located at the end of the graveyard near wheatfield.

After visiting Giverny and Auvers-sur-Oise, now I’d like to visit Rouen soon. It’s time to organize the next trip!

Enjoy your trip with Marimonda! See you soon:)

Travel Info.

Auverge Ravoux : Admission €6. Wed to Sun 10:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m

Musée Daubigny : Admission €5, check the opening hours on the web.

France, Travel

Giverny 지베르니

Hello, it’s me Marimonda!

Today I’d like to guide you to Giverny, a suburb city of Paris. Aka a town of Claude Monet, one of the most famous french impressionists.

The journey begins at Saint Lazare station in Paris. Get a ticket to Vernon, and it takes about 50 mins by train. I took one at 8:19 a.m. which arrives at Giverny around 9 a.m. Since Vernon is a tiny station and most of them are going to Monet’s house and its garden, you can just follow the others to get out.

There are two ways to go to Giverny; taking a mini-train which cost € 8 (for a round trip), or a bus € 7 (for a round trip). When you get out the station, you will see the white mini-train right in front of the station, and a bus stop a bit away (1-2 mins by foot). I took a train to enjoy the air on the way to town. On the way to the town, it passes Le Vieux Moulin, Le Château des Tourelles, and La Tour des Archives. The first mini-train leaves at 9:10. It says the time table can be slightly different every day, therefore it is recommended to take a picture of the time table on the mini-train.

Monet’s House

When you buy the entrance ticket online, you can choose the time either 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. In my case, I reserved for 9:30 a.m. but I was late about 20 mins due to the traffic problem. It seemed like they already share the issues and there were not many people on the queue yet, thus it wasn’t a big issue for me to get in. At the entrance there were two lines, one for with ticket and the other one without ticket. You can show your ticket to any agent and they will let you know where to go.

The house is full of his art pieces and collections. Especially he collected many Japanese printings. In his bedroom, there are two big windows which might allow him to nature and light. Seeing the garden in his bedroom, I was impressed by divers natural colors and sunshine. Claude Monet is also known as a gourmet. As if proving it, the last part of the house is a kitchen that is big and well-equipped.

After looking around the house, you can continue the trip to wild garden (Water Lilies). Monet drew a lot of series of Water Lilies and you can see them all around the world. It is about 250 oil painting series. You can see his some representative Water Lilies collections in Orangerie museum. The atelier where he drew the series are now a souvenir shop.

Unfortunately, I made a huge mistake in this trip. I thought a half day would be sufficient to look around the town. Since I reserved the train ticket returning to Paris, I had to leave after visiting the house and the garden (The time management can be different from person to person). I might visit there again in July to look around the town. If you visit the place by yourself, allow you enough time to walk around and grab a cup of coffee (even a meal) in the town. Most of organized trips are visiting Giverny and Auvers-sur-Oise in a day (sometimes they also visit Rouen, three places in a day).

Travel Info.

A round trip train ticket from Paris to Giverny : around € 20-30, about 50 mins(one way)

A round trip mini-train or bus : € 7-8, about 10-15 mins (one way)

An entrance ticket : adult ( € 10.50), student and a person aged 7~18 ( €7.5)