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The Musee de l”Orangerie has housed Claude Monet’s famous Water Lilies paintings and we weren’t about to miss a visit here on our first trip to the City of Lights.
On our first visit to Paris one of the best things we’d spend money on was the Paris Museum Pass. The pass, while pass isn’t inexpensive, it will save you a ton of time visiting the packed museums by sending you to the front of the line. The Paris Museum Pass can be bought online here or just as easily arranged through your hotel concierge. For our visit, we simply added it to our request to the concierge. The passes can be bought for consecutive days including 2, 4 and 6 days. We requested 2 passes for 4 of our 5 days during our first visit to the city. Upon arrival at the hotel, the concierge handed us an envelope with our tickets and confirming our dinner reservations for the week.
The line wrapped around the side of the building. We were dreading this moment, but headed straight for the front of the line, flashed our Museum passes and were escorted directly through the glass doors. We were inside in a matter of moments. The cost of the passes were well worth it just for this visit alone.
We took our time near the water lilies, otherwise known as Nymphéas. They are a series of 250 oil paintings.
The Musée de l’Orangerie was briefly closed from 1999 through 2006 for renovations, but has since been open to the public. If you are like me and want to see the water lilies on your first visit to Paris, but would rather sip wine at a cafe than stand in a line, consider the Paris Museum Pass to skip to the front of the line and avoid the wait.
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