It has a roll-off-the-tongue lilt to it: Musee D'Orsay. The art is terrific. The building inside, jaw-droppingly beautiful. The carvings on the facade, intricate and detailed and bearing up well to the passage of time. But where did the name Orsay come from?
Well, yes, from the quai on La Seine immediately along-side. But ... so the chap who headed the committee to create the quai in 1707 was one Charles Boucher, Lord of Orsay which is about 25km to the SW of Paris in the Chevreuse Valley. I gather from reading the museum history that there was only a station on the site from 1900 to 1939. The renovated buiding opened its doors as a museum in December 1986.