Monet’s Waterlillies

After spending yesterday morning lost in the maze of the Louvre, we took a quick visit to another museum in the afternoon, the Musée d’Orangerie, where we saw eight wall length panoramas of Claude Monet’s original Waterlilies. Apart from being stunningly beautiful, one of the most common observations I heard from my peers while looking at the paintings was that they were surprisingly calming. Sitting on the couches in the gallery surrounding by these incredible paintings was like a form meditation. It was a nice way to relax and reflect upon our first four packed days in Paris. Today we are leaving Paris for Normandy and stopping at Giverny, the site where Monet painted his Waterlilies, along the way. After seeing the paintings, I cannot wait to see the landscapes in real life. I can imagine that they will be just as beautiful and calming as the paintings we saw yesterday.

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