As a part of the European Heritage Days yesterday I decided to visit the Assemblée Nationale. In France the European Heritage Days are called the Journées du Patrimoine. Every September there’s one weekend where places normally not open to the public are open and free. From the rose garden to the stunning interior spaces, I thought the Assemblée Nationale was perfect.
If I could take a walk through Palais Garnier every day I think I would be the happiest person in the world. I get chills every time I’m in the building – it’s that beautiful. On Friday I visited again and must say, without a lot of other visitors it was simply stunning. I hope the photos will make you feel like you’re taking a virtual tour of Palais Garnier. I’m especially excited to share few special behind the scenes moments like the Palais Garnier water reservoir and fish as well as the rarely seen Foyer de la Danse.
My favorite floor of the Musée d’Orsay is without a doubt the fifth floor. As soon as I arrive I head to the top floor to see the works in the Impressionism and Post-Impressionism galleries. It’s always a wonderful experience, but recently I had an extra special visit due to the almost empty Musée d’Orsay.
One of my all-time favorite small museums in Paris is the Musée de l’Orangerie, home of Claude Monet’s Nymphéas (Water Lilies). I visited the museum on the first day it reopened and enjoyed seeing it without crowds. I wanted to share the experience with a virtual tour of the Musée de l’Orangerie. As a note, the lower level of the museum is currently closed.
When the Musée d’Orsay reopened yesterday I couldn’t wait to go and see the James Tissot “Ambiguously Modern” exhibit. The retrospective has been extended to run through September 13th 2020 in Paris. I was immediately captivated by Tissot’s work.