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  • Day20

    Floating down the Seine

    April 14, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Taking a cruise down the Seine is another of the many "must do" things on a Paris visit. I went at 7.30pm at night, hoping to catch the sunset. The river is filled with other boats all doing the same thing, rush hour on the Seine!

    The other thing you see all along the banks, is groups of friends and couples sharing food and wine as they sit on the banks. It was noticeable that their alcohol laws are very different from ours with some large groups partying around a pile of beer and wine.

    It is a great way to get a glimpse of many of the iconic buildings and also a sense of Paris culture. At one spot of the river there is three little stages where people come to dance the salsa.
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  • Day5

    The Louvre, Paris

    September 3, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Today was one of the days I was really looking forward to, although I don’t think my feet were - it was going to be another big one. First up for the day was a visit to the famous Louvre Museum. We had heard so much about the line-ups for the Louvre, even with prepaid tickets, that we made sure we were there bright and early. We were so early in fact, that there was only one other person there when we arrived, and funnily enough, he was from Sydney. It was great to be able to photograph and admire the Louvre without the thousands of tourists surrounding it and we enjoyed chatting to other people in line while we waited. It made the waiting time go quickly.

    It wasn't until we were in the Louvre that I realised how huge the actual museum was. The origin of the Louvre dates back to the 1200s and the buildings are just as impressive as the art on display. Once a royal residence, it became a museum in 1793 during the French Revolution and is now home to artworks dating from the 7th millennium BC to the 1850s. The collections are displayed on five levels, in three interconnecting wings and it was very easy to get lost.

    First stop was of course to see the most famous of all art, Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. And she did not disappoint. The Mona Lisa has been described as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world". It is also one of the most valuable paintings in the world. It holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known insurance valuation in history at $100 million in 1962, which is worth nearly $800 million in 2017. Once again, we were very lucky with regards to the crowds and didn't have to line up to see the painting up close.

    Next stop was the famous statue, La Venus de Milo. Discovered in April 1820 on the island of Melos in the Cyclades (Greece), the statue is believed to depict Aphrodite, goddess of Love, known to the Romans as Venus. This masterpiece of Greek marble sculpture, whose sculptor is unknown, is dated from about 120 BC. It is so hard to fathom that works of art from so long ago are still around today for us to admire.

    After visiting the main iconic pieces of art, we enjoyed some time wandering through the Louvre and admiring the many other masterpieces on display. There were quite a few random pieces that I really liked, that took me back to my high school art classes. I think the Louvre is one of those places you could visit every time you go to Paris and you will always discover something you haven’t seen before. It was an amazing way to start the day.
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  • Day5

    Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

    September 3, 2018 in France ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    After a stop for a late breakfast/brunch we made our way to the Centre Georges Pompidou, commonly known as the Pompidou Centre. The Pompidou Centre is Europe's largest modern art museum whose exterior and interior are almost equally absurd and surreal.

    The exterior uses an “inside out” design with large pipes on the building’s facade, and the inside consists of some quite conceptual outside-the-box modern art. The inside-out exterior moved the building’s functional appliances out of the main space and into the open air so that the galleries inside could have more room to work with. To spice things up even more, the building’s appliances were colour-coded: blue for heating and cooling, green for plumbing pipes, yellow for electrical wiring, and red for the escalator (which, of course, is located on the exterior of the building too).

    The works of art on display inside certainly match the exterior of the building although there are some pieces that make me wonder who decides what is classed as art that is worth displaying. While I found some pieces quite bizarre I did enjoy seeing works by Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Vassily Kandinsky. Brad enjoyed finding the more risque pieces.

    And the added bonus was the views of Paris as a backdrop to the sculptures on display on the outside patios. It was a cool place to spend an hour or two.
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  • Day13

    The Louvre!

    June 1, 2015 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    So today we went to the world famous Louvre museum! It was INSANELY big! So many cool things to look at and to enjoy, paintings and sculptures and old pieces from many eras ago in France and other countries! It was definitely an amazing experience that I'm so happy I got to do!

  • Day13

    The Lourve pt 2

    June 1, 2015 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    More pictures from inside the famous Lourve. The weather outside was amazing! Perfect for taking pictures from inside the building. And I saw the Mona Lisa! It was pretty small and had a million people waiting to take a picture. I snapped that selfie with Lisa cuz she thought it would be a good idea ?? also got pictures of ceiling paintings that were amazing!Read more

  • Day16

    The Louvre

    May 25, 2015 in France ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    The Louvre is one of the world's largest museums and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square metres (652,300 square feet). The Louvre is the world's most visited museum, and received more than 9.7 million visitors in 2012.
    Inside The Louvre I got to see The Mona Lisa in person, she was beautiful.
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  • Day4

    Musee du Louvre

    April 17, 2016 in France ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Let's be honest. We're not very cultured or knowledgeable when it comes to paintings but it would be a crime not to visit the Louvre. We quickly decided we liked the Louvre. It had heating. So hot that we needed to take our jacket and scarves off. Yep, we will stay here to defrost, thank you very much.

    So, what did we know about paintings? Not much, I'm afraid. We scanned the sections before our eyes caught a glimpse of something we recognised - Darth Vader. The original Darth Vader mask was on display. The exhibition tells of how modern day filmmakers, illustrators, sculptors, etc. draw inspiration from myths. Was Darth Vader inspired by Hercules?

    I wish we were more cultured. We decided we would go see the Mona Lisa. Unexpectedly, we ended up spell-bound by the paintings that line the corridors. We can't tell you the titles of the paintings but I think we might have started our Art Appreciation 101 class.

    There she was, perched on her own pedestal, in the middle of the room. I could just make out her face above the bobbing heads of tourists and selfie sticks. The Mona Lisa. It was like being in a room with a royalty.
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  • Day25

    Paris part two: the art binge session.

    May 13, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We don't aim low: two vast internationally famous museums, one day to do them. An early start leads to a full and brilliant day. Musee d'Orsay in the morning for 19th and 20th century art. They also have a special exhibition on modern art's take on spirituality as seen in the metaphor of landscapes (that's totally me). Starts with Monet, ends with Kandinsky (as you do).
    The Louvre in the afternoon for anything this side of India in the past 3000 years that wasn't nailed down (and much that was).
    We really enjoyed both these places. Then to finish the day... that's the next post.
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  • Day13

    The louvre

    July 8, 2017 in France ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Why is it called the Louvre? Well in the days before a palace existed here, wolves inhabited the area, quite aggressively apparently. Wolf in French is loup, louvre roughly translates to place of the wolves. So the built a castle here where the remnants were discovered in the mid 1990's to protect themselves from the wolves. Have you ever noticed how many of the French kings had the name Louis? Very similar to Loup. I think they might have ended up housing the wolves inside the palace. They eventually worked things out, exterminated the wolves and became a republic. If you visit the Louvre, go on guided tour. Toni was lucky enough to book a tour a day before and it was well worth it. We avoided the queues but more importantly, got a history and art lesson as well. I can now tell the difference between Greek sculpture vs. Roman sculpture and pre renaissance art vs. renaissance art. Pity I don't have the money of the French monarchy to afford buying some. The Louvre while grand in my opinion is more subtle than Versailles, less ostentatious and therefore a better building overall. At any one time there is only about 8% of the collection on display and on a given day you can only effectively see about 3 of the 7-8 sections being displayed. About 1% of the entire collection. So the next time we visit there will be new things to see. We got right up to the Monash Lisa which is quite a feat as well as the Venus du Milo. Her real name is Aphrodite, she is actually a Greek sculpture not Roman. Previously in her place was a Roman sculpture, Venus du Milan. Napoleon who had very sticky fingers 'borrowed' it from Milan at one time. The French had to give it back to the Italians so when the found this one instead of Aphrodite do Milo, they used Venus du Milo because it was so similar to du Milan. All in all it is just about the best and most intestine art you will ever see and for us linked nicely with our trip to Jerusalem with all of the religious art on display.Read more

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