Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Paris - Day 1

For day 1 in Paris we had to wake up very very very early Friday morning to catch our bus to our shuttle to our flight to go to Paris. Not having a car makes transportation a little more complicated! When we got up we noticed it was snowing and had already accumulated almost a foot but we didn't give up. After some delays and creative route changes we were finally in Paris!
View of (part of) the Louvre from the Metro stop
We immediately headed to the Louvre to meet up with Gabi and her cousin and spend the rest of the day there. The Louvre is huge. Overwhelmingly large. Our plan of attack here was to see the 3 famous ladies - Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Nike of Samothrace - first and then explore whatever else we had time to see. But we immediately got turned around and found ourselves in Napoleon's Apartment. Napoleon was a very very wealthy man.

Then we found Venus de Milo, she's a thing of beauty.

Just around the corner is Nike of Samothrace, she's probably my favorite of the three.

So now it was off to find Mona Lisa. She's at the back of a hall full of Renaissance paintings which quickly all begin to look the same to me. I know, I'm terrible. Mona Lisa is often called the most famous painting in the world, or so we read. But honestly, we all thought it was a bit of a disappointment and it's surprisingly small. A beautiful painting for sure, but not our favorite.

Below are some more pictures from and of the Lourve. Anyone else out there been to the Louvre? What did you love or not love? If you haven't been, what would you want to see there?

Love Always,

Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss - one of my favorites at the Louvre!
The Code of Hammurabi - Babylonian Law Code from 1700 BC
Gabi having fun with the Pyramids
The Louvre its self is beautiful!


Deborah said...

Mattie - OMG, what a wonderful way to start the visit to Paris. I could probably spend a week at the Louvre and in the Tuilleries garden. Dale looks good in Napoleon's apartment. Love you, Maa.

Erin said...

Happy late Valentine's Day you two! Glad you got to spend it in the most romantic city ever!

Matilda said...

Maa, we didn't even walk around the Tuilleries garden, opps! Dale is slightly enamored with Napoleon so I'm sure he would've moved right in to the apartment! We were planning on seeing Napoleon's tomb too but we ran out of time. Maybe next time! :) Love you!

Erin, happy late valentine's day to you two as well! How did you celebrate?

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