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Les catacombes et le musée d'Orsay

Published: July 16, 2019

Another busy day for our migratrices!  We're finally adjusting to the time change, which made it much easier to crawl out of bed this morning; a good night's sleep and an excellent petit déjeuner didn't hurt, either.

We started off with les catacombes de Paris, learning all about how these ancient limestone quarries were transformed into the world’s biggest underground necropolis.  Lunch—a picnic in the jardins des Tuileries—brought us to an in-depth discussion of the ethics of moving skeletons and what it looks like to honor the dead.  A heavy topic for a sunny afternoon, but one we enjoyed exploring together.

From there, we headed across the river to visit the musée d’Orsay.  This is another case of a structure that has taken on a new role: originally a train station, it is now a prominent art museum, with an impressive selection of impressionist and post-impressionist art.  It was neat to see some of the artworks we discussed back at Lac du Bois in a more formal context, and to discover more works by those artists; we particularly enjoyed the special exhibit on Berthe Morisot, one of the few women among les impressionistes.

We didn’t take many photos today, but we’ll probably have more to share tomorrow, as we make our way down two of the most celebrated thoroughfares of Paris.  Can you guess where we’ll be headed?