Paris, Île-de-France, France
This morning after fresh ham and cheese croissants for breakfast, we wandered down to the Musee du Louvre. It was a chilly morning, 4 degrees, but closer to zero when factoring in the wind chill. We arrived outside the famous glass pyramids at about 8.30, for a 9.00 opening time. The queue was already 100 metres long. Luckily, when the doors opened at 9.00 the line moved quickly and we were inside within 5 minutes. We hired audio guides, which made the day all the more interesting.
First stop was La Joconde, better known as Mona Lisa. She is a small painting in a huge room, and at the opposite end of the room is the largest painting in the Louvre. The Wedding Feast at Cana. We were lucky enough to be able to walk straight up to the barricade for the best possible view of the Mona Lisa, without having to look around or over other peoples heads.
The same couldn’t be said for when we saw the Venus de Milo. I think there were about 3 bus loss of Japanese tourists in there at once, all screeching at the top of their lungs and trying to take photos from every possible angle. Eventually we managed to squirm our way through this heaving mass to get a look at Venus for ourselves.
Then on to Napoleons III’s apartments. Very ostentatious, opulent and over the top.
We saw so many famous and priceless paintings, sculptures, artefacts and objets d’art that it is really mind boggling.
This evening we are taking a boat ride down the Seine River, and afterwards a bus trip to see the city’s famous monuments all lit up. I’m sure it will be breathtakingly beautiful, looking forward to sharing some photos tomorrow.