Skateboarders on the steps of Musée d’Orsay

Bikes and Skateboarders at the Musee D'Orsay

Bikes and Skateboarders at the Musee D’Orsay

I got a roll of Paris film developed this week and, sigh. It made me relive my short trip this past September. The roll that was developed was taken on our last day there. We spent the day at both the Louvre and Musee d’Orsay and then we decided to walk the Champs-Élysées so we could we see the Arc de Triomphe. By the time we reached the place where this photo was taken we had been walking for hours and hours and were in so much pain. As we walked back to our hotel we rested here, in front of the Musee d’Orsay and watched a couple of guys skateboard. I think about this moment often, for some reason. I was so happy, the sun was setting, and I was sitting in front of this museum full of famous paintings that I saw earlier in the day. I drank it all in completely and totally. It was a bitter sweet moment because I knew I would be leaving the next day. And there, as we sat there, were these guys skateboarding. It all felt surreal.

This photo was made with my Pentax P30t and Tri-x film.

4 thoughts on “Skateboarders on the steps of Musée d’Orsay

  1. The Louvre and the d’Orsay in the same day? No wonder you were tired. It is such a great city for walking.

    I few years ago my wife went to Paris with her family – I had to work so missed out on the trip. I believe the highlight was Lo walking around the Louvre with her father and nephew and every now and then Lorraine would be asked by one or the other “is that a famous one” she would smile and nod. This went on for hours.
    The story goes that somewhere around the hundredth time she was asked “is that a famous one” she just snapped and shouted – “It’s hanging in the Louvre – what the fuck do you think.”
    True story….


    1. Haha! That made me literally laugh out loud. 🙂

      Yes we did! We already been to both on different days but the Louvre was on our first day when we’d been up for 20 hours. We were so exhausted and it was nuts to go there first. We wanted to go back when we were less jet-lagged and wander around in a more organized way. So glad we did. I can’t remember why we went back to musee d’orsay. I think Raf wanted to look at some things again and I wanted to find photography, which I never did.


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