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.