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For those of you who haven't been keeping up with the museum scene in Paris, some of the fabulous galleries in the Musee d'Orsay have been under construction for the past two years.

Well, there is now something new to celebrate. By the end of the month, the renovations of all of the galleries will be complete and open to the public. Bravo!

The American Friends of the Musee d'Orsay (AMFO) will host a gala event on November 12.

Guests of the gala will be given a private tour of the new galleries, mingle with other art lovers, and get a sneak peak of the redesigned Café de l'Horloge--the café is situated within a birds eye view of the iconic clock. The AMFO is planning to infuse a little Americana into the event by bringing in a New Orleans jazz trio. How fun!

I have always loved the museum's collection of Impressionists paintings and the actual building itself, which used to be an old train station. The Musee d'Orsay should be on everyone's lists of art visits when they come to Paris.

If you are interested in attending the gala, here are the details: Tickets: $125 for members and $200 for non-members. You must rsvp. The gala is limited to 300 guests, which I think is quite nice because it offers a personal and intimate evening inside the museum. The museum is located at 1, rue de la Légion d'Honneur in the 7eme.

Inside the Musee d'Orsay
The pleasant staff, warm atmosphere, and delicious French cuisine made me an instant fan of Cafe Constant--a cafe located in the 7eme. The food is reasonably priced for the quality and there is a nice menu selection to satisfy just about anyone. Tip: Reserve a table for lunch, order the artichoke heart salad with mushrooms, along with the sea bass filet and mashed sweet potatoes. Constant's homemade profiteroles with hot chocolate sauce are the perfect ending to a splendid lunch.
Filet of Sea Bass with Mashed Sweet Potatoes at Cafe Constant
The entrees (appetizers) are 11 Euros each, while plats (entrees) are 16 Euros. Chef Constant's set menu consists of a plat and dessert for 16 Euros and a plat, entree, and dessert for 23 Euros. This is an excellent offering and hard to beat, considering the location.

The space felt like a local cafe because the customers looked quite at home chatting with the staff, while they spent the hour or two with family and friends. It's a good sign.

If you are looking for lighter fare, just walk down the street and try Chef Constant's Les Cocottes. It's a bit more casual and modern than Cafe Constant. Cafe Constant is located at 139, rue Saint-Dominique, 75007. Metro: Ecole-Militaire.