Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Paris: Tuileries Garden and Musee de l'Orangerie

We woke up early expecting to get on the road and head back to Belgium, but we got a call from Debra saying that Dave had a severe case of food poisoning (poor guy).
So........we had some more time to spend in Paris! Yippee!
We jumped on the Metro and headed to the Tuileries Garden.

Most metro stations are below ground, but the one by our hotel, Bir-Hakeim, was above ground.

This beautiful public garden is in the heart of Paris between the Louvre and the Place de la Concord.

The building that surround the gardens are so pretty.

I'm kind of obsessed with these green chairs that line the area around the fountains.

There are beautiful marble statues spread throughout the gardens,

and lovely tree lined walkways.
We visited the Musee de l'Orangerie.
It was a small, but pretty, museum with a lot of Renoir's,

and Modigliani's,
and many other french paintings.

It's also the home to Monet's "Water Lilies".
(I couldn't take photos of his eight large paintings, but they were STUNNING!)
Back out into the gardens we walked around a bit more,

took more pictures of chairs,

ate some gelato,

and soaked up the last bit of our time in Paris.

Time to leave Paris? So very sad.
We booked it back to our hotel, met up with Debra and Dave (who was feeling better), and drove the 3 hours back to Leuven, Belgium.

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