Just been to Paris for two days. I visited the open house of Sony Computer Science Lab Paris branch.
Apart from scientific interests, the encounter with the Impressionist paintings in the Musee d'Orsay was a significant turn in my life. For some time I had a very light opinion of these works, equating them with something you have on your calendar on the wall. But seeing the real thing changed my perception of these works of art. Their qualia are something that you cannot reproduce easily. Full of life (elan vital), particles of light dancing and emanating from the 100 old surface. My soul almost cried with joy looking at these masterpieces.
Especially impressive were works of Monet.