Thursday, April 19, 2012

Q = Quai d'Orsay and Quai Branly - A to Z

 On the Quai d'Orsay, is the Musée d'Orsay


Musee d'Orsay (MO) near the Quai d'Orsay - by Green Eye


A Quai = a pier or mooring used by boats and ships for taking on or landing cargo and passengers.   There are other variations of this word, but in this post the pronunciation should rhyme with 'day'.  Two examples are the Quai d'Orsay and the Quai Branly in Paris.



Quai d'Orsay is located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, part of the left bank of the Seine River, and the name of the street that runs beside it.  The Quai becomes the Quai Anatole France, east of the Palais Bourbon, and the Quai de Branley west of the Pont de l'Alma.



Musée d'Orsay Clock Detail, Quai d'Orsay, by DG Hudson


The Quai d'Orsay, along the banks of the Seine River, has historically been a preferred location for artists to paint.  The Gare d'Orsay, situated at the Quai d'Orsay was finished in time for the 1900 Exposition Universelle and exhibited as the first electrified urban rail terminal in the world.  It was the terminus for the railways of southwestern France until 1939.  The revamped interior of the train station is now the home of the Musée d'Orsay.


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Quai Branly

View of Quai Branly area from Eiffel Tower, by DG Hudson


Quai Branly Museum, or Musee de Quai Branly, is located near the Eiffel Tower in the 7th arrondissement in París.  It features indigenous art, cultures and civilizations from Africa, Asia, Oceania and the Americas.

The museum contains 267,000 objects in its permanent collection, with 3,500 items from the collection on display.  The museum and the quai are named after the physicist Edourd Branly.  Unfortunately, we didn't get to browse this museum.


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Do you live in an area that has a term similar to 'Quai'?  One alternate is Quay.  Please share in the comments if you know of other variations or pronunciations of this word. 

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References:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gare_d'Orsay  Gare d'Orsay, the train station

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quai_d'Orsay  Info Quai d'Orsay

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_du_quai_Branly  Info Quai Branly

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus%C3%A9e_d'Orsay  Musee d'Orsay Interior view

17 comments:

  1. I've always spelled it quay, but pronounced it "key". But now at least I know where the word comes from.

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    1. So did I, Anne, until I looked it up, not sure why the difference, unless we in the North American continent did our usual twist of the English language.

      Maybe it's a coastal thing. . .

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  2. That's a lot of objects in that museum.

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    1. That's what I thought, Alex, but I would have liked to have seen some of them.

      I like African art, and I wanted to know if they would have our Canadian totems and both US and CAN native arts in their exhibit (for the Americas). Ah well, next time.

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  3. Beautiful pictures, beautiful post.

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    1. Merci. Thanks for the beautiful words, farawayeyes!

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  4. not that i know of---we have a river walk--wonderful pictures

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    1. I really like river walks, too, Lynn. There's something about being by the water that I find soothing.

      Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Singapore (where I live) is full of locations named with Quay---Robertson Quay and Boat Quay, for instance---wonder what the history behind them was. Great post.

    Look forward to the rest of your challenge run…can’t believe we’ve had 17 days already!
    --Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z
    #atozchallenge

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Damyanti!

      It appears that this word had many derivatives, depending on where in the world the water source is.

      It's been fun doing the A-Z, I'm learning a lot from other bloggers' posts.

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  6. French has a better use of Q than English. When I was looking up movie titles for my post, there weer many French films. Choosing a q-movie for my post was quite a quandary.

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    1. The French have a lot of better words for a lot of things! But they've been working at it longer than we in the 'colonies' have.

      I do like the word quandary - I get a lot of those.

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  7. Hi DG .. lots of Quays around this part of the world .. Crab Quay I mentioned in Pendennis Castle, Cornwall .. the Musee Branley sounds very interesting and what a pity you didn't get time to look around - love your photos though - good to be reminded of where to go ..

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, Hilary, the UK is surrounded by water, like our Vancouver Island, yet it's close to the mainland.

      I noticed that name Crab Quay in your post, it made me want crab something (cooked of course).

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Great post and what a cool theme for A to Z! I've been to the Musee d'Orsay. It's wonderful.

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    1. Thanks, Julie, and yes, the Musee d'Orsay interior is beautiful, with sculpture and an excellent display of a variety of artists. Loved it.

      Sidenote: We had our first Nutello-Banana crepes (the smell lured us to the cart) in front of the museum, and sat on the steps with the students to eat them.

      Thanks for stopping by, I'll be over to visit.

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  9. I love new words and tidbits about language! Quay - I have to remember that for Scrabble and Quiddler. Such a great "Q" word and not all that long (in other words, doesn't require a lot of other letters).

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