Museums are a standard destination for tourists in France. Even a little too standard perhaps. World renowned locations such as le Louvre and le Château de Versailles have so many tourists flocking their halls that the chance for a photo op can quickly turn into a bloodbath. Get ready to grit your teeth again and again as you keep getting elbowed away from the perfect view of the Mona Lisa.
If you want to avoid all the hassle of the crowds and still enjoy some fine art, Le Musee de l’Orangerie located in the Tuileries comes high on our recommendation list. Eight of Monet’s famous water lily series are exposed within and natural lightings and panoramic displays let you make the most of some of the impressionist movements finest works. Apart from Monet you can admire the brushstrokes of Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso and Henri Rousseau. Of course the Mona Lisa isn’t here but what’s on display is sure to delight the discerning art lovers. And if holding your chin in your hand and nodding is not your thing, it’s a hassle free way of telling others back home you’ve been to a museum in France. One more off the bucket list.
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