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Today we were going to spend some time at the Louvre which is a massive building containing a lot of old paintings (including the Mona Lisa) and sculptures etc. Napoleon brought back a vast amount of art from the countries he conquered and although he gave a lot of it back, there is still a large amount in the museum.
As usual we caught the metro there and it wasn't too far to walk from there. It really is a huge building as you may be able to see from ...
... banks to the Louvre -our pre-bought museum pass got us right in the door -huge crowds! -gorgeous rooms.....so much variety -downloading a free Rick Steve's Ap on our phones ( entitled 'Audio Eurooe') and loading the lovre 45 minute pod cast was a fabulous way to educate ourselves, set a reasonable pace, not be overwhelmed a feel satisfied that we saw a few things of significance -Thanks Dave and Dar for making us understand that this ...
... to that person. Needless to say it was a great way of meeting people, but with 42 of us on the tour I can't remember anyone's name. The day wasn't over when we did eventually arrive into Paris. We checked in, then had a brief opportunity to freshen up before we headed out to a local restaurant for a group dinner. Our entree was escargot AKA snails. I didn't try them myself, as although I pride myself on trying new things, the research I did ...
... off the Mona Lisa, having read that when you find it, you won’t be able to see it because it will have people in front of it up to 6 deep and, if you do see it, it’s not much bigger than a postage stamp. Well, I came across it quite by accident and there was plenty of room to get up close. While it wasn’t as big as many other paintings on show, I thought the 'postage stamp’ label was a bit of an exaggeration. I managed to snap several pictures, ...
... you reach via a narrow spiral staircase, is breathtaking. The windows along both walls are huge and it seems the whole structure is floating on stained glass.
The relics' provenance is highly questionable, but nevertheless Louis paid 135,000 livers for them. The purchase price however did not go to the nominal owner, Baldwin II of Constantinople, as he'd hocked the merchandise to the Venetians some time before and the money was paid directly to them.
I walked ...
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