We revisited the Sainte-Chappelle Gothic Church and arrived first thing when they opened up. While it is not an excessively large church, it is exceptionally beautiful. The stained glass work is absolutely phenomenal and each pane tells a different story. It gives you a glimpse into the distant past and an appreciation for the painstakingly well done artwork. Rick Steves offers a great audio guide tour, so make sure you download that ahead of time!
From there we went next door to the Palais de Justice where Marie Antoinette and many others throughout history were held captive. This is where Marie Antoinette was held before her beheading execution for high treason in 1793. The exhibit is well done and quite sobering.
We then found our way to Musée Rodin. It took a combination of public transportation and walking, but we eventually made it to the gates. It was so worth it! The gardens are filled with statues by Auguste Rodin as well as some that he collected during his lifetime. Once we combed through the gardens, we went inside his former house, which is now museum, filled with so much of his artwork in addition to his collections. I made use of the elevators which were hidden in the walls which added a mystic to the whole experience.
We then made our way over the Musée de l’Orangerie to enjoy gigantic impressionist paintings by Claude Monet. I would highly recommend this museum. It felt like a breath of fresh air and his painting are so cleansing and calming. There are benches there where you can sit and just soak in his artwork. There’s also a downstairs with works by Picasso, Van Gogh and various other artists.
What’s also great about the Musée de l’Orangerie is how close it is the Tuileries Garden and the oh-my-god-the-most-amazing-museum-ever, THE LOUVE!!! Don’t listen to all the people that tell you it’s overrated. They are LIARS!!! It’s impossible to overstate how amazing this museum is and what it holds within its walls… the Mona Lisa is just the start! Download the Audio Guide from Rick Steves and go ENJOY yourself! If you have an entire day to spend there, then by all means… DO SO!!! Granted, it is really crowded, so the one thing I would recommend is that you go during off hours and the shoulder seasons.
We caught the sunset as we left the museum and were once again struck by the beauty of Paris. We took our time and walked along the Parc Rives de Seine and enjoyed the city sites. The way the light danced across the river made my head spin and my heart dance.
Eventually, we found a nice little bistro, enjoyed dinner and a bottle of wine. It was the perfect way to decompress after a long day that contained over 26K steps and more sites than our brains could process.