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Paris, encore.

Our Paris weekend continues with day two, which was spent mainly at le Musée d’Orsay and les Jardins de Luxembourg. We wandered around St-Germain-des-Prés, enjoyed the amazing sunny weather, and just generally enjoyed being surrounded by charm and beauty at every turn.

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Just another dreamy apartment block. I loved that every street corner unveiled another fairytale view.

Without any further chitchat, here are some of our highlights from day two. Was it really just over a week ago?! Take me back! Le Grand Sigh…

La Musée d'Orsay. The kids weren't so keen at first but they both ended up quite enjoying it (for a limited period of time, of course).

Le Musée d’Orsay. The kids weren’t so keen at first but they both ended up quite enjoying it (for a limited period of time, of course).

Details of the d'Orsay - love the art deco inspired glass awnings.

Details of the d’Orsay – love the art deco glass awnings.

A little art lesson in the main hall of the Musée d'Orsay.

A little art lesson in the main hall of the Musée d’Orsay.

Beautiful golden clock at the head of the grand hall in the d'Orsay.

Closeup of the beautiful golden clock.

La Musée d'Orsay's beautiful restaurant. Stunning chandeliers, painted ceiling, and ample gold detail. I love the chairs, which look like glass. Perfect museum dining!

Le Musée d’Orsay’s beautiful restaurant. Stunning chandeliers, painted ceiling, and ample gold detail. I love the chairs, which look like glass. Perfect museum dining!

The other less-fancy restaurant in the d'Orsay was also pretty damn cool and artsy. Loved all the hanging copper pendant lights.

The other less-fancy restaurant in the d’Orsay was also pretty damn cool and artsy. Loved all the hanging copper pendant lights.

Requisite shot from inside the giant clock in the d'Orsay. It was a beautiful clear day, so we had a great view of l'Opéra Nationale and the Sacré-Coeur.

Ubiquitous shot from behind the giant clock in the d’Orsay. It was a beautiful clear day, so we had a great view of l’Opéra Nationale and the Sacré-Coeur.

Loved this model of l'Opéra Nationale in the d'Orsay, especially since we didn't have the chance to visit it in person. Look at the number of screens for set changes! And that's not even half of them...

Loved this model of l’Opéra Nationale in the d’Orsay, especially since we didn’t have the chance to visit it in person. Look at the number of screens for set changes! And that’s not even half of them…

The level of detail of the Opéra model was incredible!

The level of detail of the Opéra model was incredible!

Danica really enjoyed seeing one of Monet's waterlily paintings, after having visited Giverny just a few weeks prior. Next time we're in Paris we will visit l'Orangerie and see his massive waterlilies.

Danica really enjoyed seeing one of Monet’s waterlily paintings, after having visited Giverny just a few weeks prior. Next time we’re in Paris we will visit l’Orangerie and see his massive waterlilies.

I normally don't take photos of paintings, but it was interesting for the kids to see these two rather different paintings of Étretat, which we visited last month. Danica preferred Monet's version with it's more subtle colours and muted landscape.

I normally don’t take photos of paintings, but it was interesting for the kids to see these two rather different interpretations of the cliffs at Étretat, which we also visited last month. Danica preferred Monet’s version here, with it’s more subtle colours and muted landscape.

Oliver preferred Gustave Courbet's Étretat, with it's more vivid colours and prominent details on the rocky cliffs.

Oliver preferred Gustave Courbet’s Étretat, with it’s more vivid colours and prominent details on the rocky cliffs (I liked this one, too!).

We happened upon this incredible ornate ballroom in the back of the Musée d'Orsay. It was basically empty, so we went in and danced around the room imagining the grand parties that must have been held here.

We happened upon this incredible ornate ballroom in the back of the Musée d’Orsay. It was basically empty, so we went in and danced around the room imagining the grand parties that must have been held here.

Amazing ceiling details.

Amazing ceiling details.

We came across this awesome shop window in St-Germain-des-Prés with all sorts of cool russian dolls and wooden figures. Derek loved these Russian Leaders Matryoshka Dolls! Too bad it was closed. Oh, Sundays!

We came across this awesome shop window in St-Germain-des-Prés with all sorts of cool russian dolls and wooden figures. Derek loved these Russian Leaders Matryoshka Dolls! Too bad it was closed. Oh, Sundays!

The sailboats at Les Jardins de Luxembourg were definitely a highlight - so charming!

The sailboats at Les Jardins de Luxembourg were definitely a highlight – so charming!

Danica gives our little NL sailboat a push. The kids loved this part of the day.

Danica gives our little NL sailboat a push. The kids loved this part of the day.

Derek and the kids at the pond in the Jardins de Luxembourg.

Derek and the kids at the pond in the Jardins de Luxembourg.

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