Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Week Two - Day 9 - Musee D’Orsay

The pavement is wet – the usual light rain – not bad at all. Today’s lesson is that you cannot plug a 300 watt hair flat iron into a 60 watt adaptor. Smoke happens! I guess I will have to live with frizzy hair.

So today we to the Musee D’Orsay, which opened in 1986, and is installed in La Gare d’Orsay railway station and hotel, which was built for the World Fair in 1900. While it displays collections of art from the period 1848 to 1914, which does not really interest me, it is an absolutely gorgeous building. The original Sale des Fetes from the hotel is breathtaking. Half of the museum was closed and they gave us a hard time about getting in for free.

One of my goals here is to visit every outdoor or covered food market. So far we have been to:

Marché couvert des Enfants rouges in the 3ème arrondissement

Le plus vieux Marché couvert de Paris, et l’un des plus anciens de France. 39 rue de Bretagne. Métro: Temple ou Filles du Calvaire
Du mardi au Samedi de 8h30 à 13h et de 16 à 19h30 (jusqu’à 20h vendredi et Samedi) dimanche de 8h30 à 14h Note: This is within walking distance of the Cite, and there is a good poissonnier nearby.

Marché couvert St-Quentin in the 10ème arrondissement

Le plus grand Marché couvert de Paris. 85 bis, blvd Magenta.
Métro: Gare de L’est Mardi au vendredi de 9h à 13h et de 16h à 19h30 Samedi de 9h à 13h et de 15h30 à 19h30 et dimanche de 8h30 à 13h30 Note: I liked this Marche because it is off the tourist path. There is a very good charcuterie, fromagerie, as well as fresh pasta. Loved the St- Felicien a la Lyonnaise.

Marché Couvert Treilhard in the 8ème arrondissement
1 rue Corvetto. Métro: Villiers
Lundi au Samedi de 8h30 à 20h30 Note: This is the smallest Marche in Paris and located within a G20 food store, so far this is the only one I would not return to visit. Its only real benefit is that it is open on Monday and every thing else is closed.

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