After the business of the first few days in Paris, we decided that today we would make a conscious effort to take it easy today. After all, gallivanting around Europe is tiring work!
We thought we would spend the morning at the Louvre. I didn’t really know what to expect, other than we knew that the Mona Lisa was there, so it was kinda interesting to go in there with not a huge idea of what to expect.
The first thing to note is that the place is HUGE. I mean massive. We were walking solidly for maybe 2-3 hours, and we only really saw 1/4 of it. It was just crazy. The Mona Lisa was interesting because it was seemingly so simple. Not in the way it was painted or whatever, because i have no idea about that, but it just seemed very small and simple, for such a famous painting.
Inside the entrance to the Louvre
The Mona Lisa (obv)
Both mine and Chereen’s favourite part of the whole museum was this painting, which was by David, and it depicts the coronation of Queen Josephine, Napoleon’s wife. It is kinda hard to see how good it is from this photo. The first thing is that it is really huge, it would be 4m by 6m. The detail is just amazing.
Ceiling in one of the rooms – seemingly every room in the place had a really beautiful painting on the roof like this.
Part of the incredibly large Egyptian part of the museum.
Just down from the Louvre is a really cool bridge, called the pont des Arts, and as you can see the whole bridge is covered in padlocks. The idea is that you get a padlock, write or engrave the names of you and your significant other on it, attach it to the fence and then throw the keys into the Seinne River, to symbolise that you will never be apart. I think it is quite sweet, so obviously we bought an overpriced padlock from one of the hawkers near the bridge and attached our own padlock here.
I wonder how long the padlocks stay there for. Surely they would have to clean it up eventually.
Panorama of the Louvre building
After spending the morning at the Louvre, we decided to spend the afternoon back down at the Eiffel Tower – Chereen always had the dream of having afternoon tea in view of the tower, so we grabbed some macaroons in the morning and went and got some really bad coffee and sat on the lawns.