May 14, 2013

Spot the attraction

My last Paris post, with just a few random shots I thought I would share. Among these, you will find the Louvre, the Alexander III arch bridge, Coco Chanel's apartments from the outside and the Notre Dame cathedral. Can you spot them?

May 13, 2013

Pieces of the Louvre

Yet another Paris post. Hopefully posts about something else will be here soon. I've just been busy, I guess.

The infamous Louvre Museum.. a museum I have wanted to visit, probably since my mid teens. It was the one thing I was most excited to see, by far. I don't consider myself an arty person, neither do I know much about art, works of art or artists, but the enormity of it, the mystery around the paintings inside and seeing fascinating parts of history is what intrigued me to no end. And let me tell you, this place is enormous! It is about 60,600 square meters and holds more than 35000 paintings. The history around this place is fascinating and definitely worth checking out, if you are interested.

Us being planners by nature, we knew that there was no way to cover this museum in a day. We were told numerous times that you can spend an entire day there and still not see everything. So, we planned our visit and made sure we covered everything we wanted to see and skipped everything else. As our luck would have it, the day we planned for the Louvre, the staff was on strike. Luckily, they opened up the next day and having pre-bought our tickets, we skipped the long queues.

I took many photos here, but not as many as I would have liked. I was also lucky enough to get a shot of the Mona Lisa, as you will see. A rather reflective shot from a strange angle, but that is the closest I could get amongst the masses of people, all trying to get up close.

What stood out to me the most, was the sheer size of the Louvre, the collection of the most famous paintings in the world, the new permanent Islamic Art exhibition and Napolean Bonaparte's private apartments.Oh, let me not forget the awesome artist, who stood there, casually painting the huge hallway he was in, surrounded by us tourists and even included himself and famous paintings in his own painting. I've included a shot of him below. I guess great oil painters still roam amongst us, thankfully.

I would love to go back someday, and browse this place with absolutely no rush, at all.