Cold and misty this morning, so a perfect day to tour the Louvre Museum. The museum is a 30 minute walk from the hotel and is along the Seine, so plenty to see along the way.
National Assembly (Assemblee Nationale)
Approaching the Louvre. Map below shows the outline of the grounds.
Once at the Louvre, you head toward the glass pyramid where you go through an initial screening before heading down the stairs to the entrance hall. It takes a few minutes to get your bearings and know where to get the audio set and the entrance to the actual museum.
My first destination was to view the Mona Lisa. Very easy to find, just follow the signs. Even the Louvre map shows you how to get there.
You can’t get too close and examine the picture due to security. Though I was more interested in the people I was standing with. There was some gentle pushing to get a better view. I took a few pictures and continued on my way. The following pictures show a progression of getting a view of the Mona Lisa. Also side views.
This is what is on the wall behind the Mona Lisa.
Now, what to see next? The Louvre has art and treasures from all world cultures (seemingly), from different times in history, and by various artists. While the exhibits are not complete, they come very close.
See the grand galleries (below).
Still like looking up at the ceilings.
Saw some sparkling things. French royal jewels.
Some tours for the kids. (Below)
Look who I found? Paddington Bear! (He will probably show up from time to time)
There were some pieces that I found interesting.
(Below) The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace, is a marble Hellenistic sculpture of Nike (the Greek goddess of victory), that was created circa the 2nd-century BC. Since 1884, it has been prominently displayed at the Louvre and is one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world.
(Below) The Sleepwalking Lady Macbeth by Johann Heinrich Füssli, late 18th century.
Below Gallery of Views of Modern Rome
Interesting view along a gallery and also the outside courtyard.
Art from the African, Pacifica, and Inca exhibits
I saw as much as I could for one day and was there for almost 3 hours. True, I didn’t linger in one place too long, but felt like I had seen a good representation in those 3 hours.
Leaving the museum, at least for me, was a challenge. I kept heading towards the exit (sortie), and found myself in a shopping area or a food court. I asked several guides to direct me to the exit.
Along the way I was interested in how the glass pyramid looks from below. Then the inverted shape used in the shopping areas. Also took pictures of shop displays.
One the way back to the hotel, I walked along the Right Bank (my hotel is on the Left Back, close to the Eiffel Tower). It will take me a little time to understand what is on the left and what is on the right – not that it makes too much difference – but helps to know the best way to get there.
Good to see the use of hydrogen as a fuel source.
And when I returned to my hotel, I came across this just a few blocks away. I had no idea that there was this memorial to Princess Diana.
The handwritten message below reads:
“Here is perfect replica of the flame to the Statue of Liberty offered in the year 1987 by givers from all over the world to symbole to French-American amity for the International Herald Tribune centenary. This is where Princess Diana was killed in a car crash under the tunnel (exit front of you) on 31 August 1997.”
I walked nearly 20,000 steps today – probably half were in the Louvre. Ha! I make plans to night to visit Palace of Versailles tomorrow.
Looking forward to getting a good night’s sleep. The hotel is on a very quiet street and was almost difficult to fall asleep without a little street traffic.
Very much looking forward to tomorrow!