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Demonstrations are temporarily banned in Paris after the terrorist attacks, so shoes will stand in for people at a demonstration planned for Nov. 29 during COP21. Click here for details. Photo © Audrey O'Reilly


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The new Impressionist gallery at the Musée d'Orsay. © Musée d'Orsay/Sophie-Boegly

The spacious, newly renovated Impressionist gallery at the Musée d’Orsay is a huge improvement over the old one. The paintings pop out dramatically and glow with color thanks to the dark-hued walls and special lighting, with natural light coming in from overhead. At 3pm the other day, it was possible to get up-close and personal with the paintings in spite of a good number of visitors, but the sleek new solid-glass benches were roped off like works of art because of “stability problems.” The Post-Impressionist galleries downstairs are rather more cramped. The museum’s new signage is much better, although still a little confusing. For a glimpse of the new café and the rest of the spiffed up museum, see the video below. Heidi Ellison