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Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay: The Birth of Impressionism

Exciting times for art enthusiasts are on the calendar for 2010. The De Young Museum in San Francisco will be presenting consecutive exhibitions beginning with Birth of Impressionism : Masterpieces from the  Musée d'Orsay which runs from May 22, 2010 to September 6, 2010 followed by  Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond : Post-Impressionists Masterpieces from the Musée D'Orsay from September 25, 2010 to January 18, 2011. Some 100 paintings will be on display in the first exhibition including Les Raboteurs by Gustave Caillebotte, Saint Lazare Station by Claude Monet,  The Dance Lesson  by Edgar Degas and Portrait of the Artist's Mother by James McNeill Whistler. Other artists in this show are Bouguereau, Manet, Morisot, Pisarro, Renoir, and Sisley. The Post Impressionists' collection consists of 120 canvases foremost of which are The Artist's Bedroom at Arles by Vincent Van Gogh, Portrait of the Artist with the Yellow Christ by Paul Gauguin and selections from

Paris video on YouTube

About the Vélib (from vélo for bicycle and liberté) grey bicycles with fat tires and a handy basket. You can pick one up in most neighborhoods around the city center and it's free for the first 30 minutes but there is a subscription fee and you need a credit card to secure one of these bikes. Best to consult their website for detailed instructions and bike stations. * * * Paris 2009 by TravelswithCharie

The City of Light

La Tour Eiffel I am a poor map reader. No matter how much I check my directions, I still get lost. So I have to ask someone to tell me how to get back to St. Sulpice as I did this evening. The young lady was apologetic that she didn't know how to get there and how charming the French are when they apologize. If I know how to translate correctly, I heard her say to excuse her for her "bêtise", or stupidity for not knowing where the street or landmark in question might be. This is the second time I heard this since I arrived in Paris. Each time I'd asked for directions, the people I asked didn't know where to direct me to as they were just as lost as I was. Paris is a big city after all. Place de la Concorde But what a good thing I was lost tonight because I discovered the City of Light. This is serendipity. The Seine at night La Madeleine Bonne soirée! * * * Photos by Charie