When I started planning my first trip to Paris I had to keep a few things in mind. One of those things was knowing how many popular tourist attractions, restaurants, and activities there are spread throughout the city. I was there for 4 days and had to pick and choose. Some of those choices were extremely difficult. One of my biggest dilemmas was deciding whether or not to tour the Louvre. After sifting through some opinions that I found on other blogs, Musée d’Orsay sounded like a great alternative for a number of reasons.
You can literally spend days at the Louvre trying to see everything. With it being one of the most popular destinations in all of Paris, you can certainly expect large crowds of people and long wait queues. If you have a lot of time to spare, the Louvre might be a better fit for your itinerary. Since I was in Paris for only a few days, I had to really select and choose to capitalize on my time spent. I guess you just have to ask yourself, “are the long waits and crowds of people worth weaving through?”
- Grab dinner at Les Deux Magots after spending the afternoon at the museum
- Each lunch at Le Comptoir before heading to the museum
- The Eiffel Tower is a short drive from the museum, check it out
A friend and I went for a nice walk through the city and made our way to Musée d’Orsay while some of our other friends went out for a cocktail. We needed our art fix and couldn’t say no to a Pablo Picasso art showing.
Our wait to enter didn’t long at all and the cost was really reasonable. Tickets are 12,40€ and you can purchase them here directly. Guided tours and audio guides are also available. We declined both and decided to take our time wandering freely throughout the beautiful art museum.
Eventually we came across an art showing of Pablo Picasso. We really lucked out there. All in all, we had a wonderful time at the museum and I highly recommend it as an alternative to visiting the Louvre, especially if time is not on your side. There’s also a really cool gift shop that you come to at the end. Grab a postcard and send it to a friend or family member.