Paris 04 Ancien - Quartier Louvre

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  • Day29

    The Louvre

    July 26 in France

    In the morning I made a trip to the Laundromat to complete some much-needed laundry for both Sam and I. This should see us clean now until we get home on Monday.

    I spoke to a man from Romania who was also washing clothes in the laundromat. He came to Paris to source clothes and transport them back to Romania. He said that there is not the selection of men's clothes and shoes in Romania that there is in Paris and that Romanian men wanted access to affordable variety, which he provides. He said that Romania is a great country to visit, particularly Sibiu in Transylvania - very beautiful he assured me. He also said that France was suffering from too much democracy, too much freedom. Too much freedom leads to lack of boundaries and then no freedom at all because of deterioration of cultural values and terrorism. He also bemoaned the fact that French people saw all Romanians as gypsies, even though that is not the case, and he also said that anti-semitism is growing worse every year because the Jews are so successful and controlling the money and wealth of inner-city France, particularly Le Marais district.

    The laundry trip took two hours in the morning. In the same street as the laundromat was the oldest stone domestic house in the whole of Paris. It was the house of the famed alchemist Nicolas Flamel, who was legendary for his alleged discovery of the Philosopher's stone, and changing base metals into silver and then to gold. His old medieval house is now a restaurant with a Michelin star. The house dates from the 14th century.

    Sam and I bought tickets for the Louvre today and visited the amazing museum. It surely must be counted as one of the very best in the world. We spent about four hours in the Louvre but only got to see about half of the displays. The collection is amazing, and always interesting.

    The fascination about the Louvre is two-fold. Firstly, the historical exhibits represent the most amazing collection of cultural treasures from all areas of the world and from every era of history. These include ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Europe, and more. Secondly, the museum is located in the main royal palace in the centre of old Paris, so the building itself and its rooms take the visitor back to the golden age of the French Monarchy in the 17th and 18th centuries. Many of the rooms have been maintained with the furnishings of the monarchy to give an insight into the decadent regal lifestyle.

    The visit to the Louvre was quire tiring. After a short rest, I visited Mont Martre and the Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart) Cathedral on top of a hill overlooking the skyline of Paris from another angle. This is always a special place to visit and a highlight of any trip to Paris.
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  • Day74

    Quick trip to Paris

    July 19 in France

    Don and I rose at some ungodly hour to catch the Thalys from Amsterdam to Paris. We checked into a perfectly suitable hotel near the Gare Nord station. The Best Western something or other in an area that used to be filled with street walkers, but is now an up and coming neighborhood without such trappings. The elevator was the tiniest I'd ever seen measuring about a square meter or about the size of a decent shower stall. Our first trip up, a bubbly Japanese tourist lady invited us to join her. It was tight; I guess not unlike a Tokyo subway.

    We spent the rest of the afternoon walking the city and mapping about 8.6 miles. We had lunch at an old time bistro le Bouillon Chartier. I had the chitterling sausage and Don went for the roast chicken. The waiter wrote our orders on the paper table cloth and added up the bill from the same scratchings. We hit lots of favorites and were rewarded with a partial view of Notre Dame. (see photo). We did a lot of people watching and continously shared comments. Dinner consisted of bread and cheese under a bridge next to the Seine. The mad eyed buttress guy watched us the whole time (see photo). Got a nice shot of Don and the Eiffel Tower. The photo depicts his response to walking there on a day when the mercury hit 90 is too direct to post. (see photo here: )

    We were fortunate in that Thursday evenings the Musee d'Orsay is open late. The museum had grown immensely in the past 30 years since my last visit. Not a place to be taken lightly, or after a day on our feet it turns out. We were pretty fatigued by the time we'd made it through just two of the five floors. My age and irritation were showing when I glared at my fellow museum patrons as they kept turning their backs on the pieces to get selfies. Jeezus. I got a nice shot of a group of tourists admiring a Van Gogh (see photo)

    This morning we woke and walked to a nearby bakery Du Pain et des Ideés, recommended by the late Anthony Bourdain and Don. Delicious pastry and good cappuccino. Even picked up a few chocolatines for Nancy. Around noon we said our goodbyes after doing a little planning for meeting up in Bears Ears in mid September. Don was off to the airport and I was off on the nine hour bus ride back to our digs in Amsterdam.
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  • Day8


    June 20 in France

    Our final stop for the day was at the Louvre. We are going to spend 3 hours in a place where you could spend days. I overheard a tour guide say that there was 14 Km of floor to walk. The exhibits went on and on and on. The inside looks so modern. I didn't know what to expect but I was surprised since the outside had the gorgeous older architecture.
    I'm not an artsy kind of guy so I don't understand why the Mona Lisa is such a masterpiece. They have it set far away from people and behind two panes of glass, so it was not as clear as I thought it would be. The reflections of people in the glass was obvious.
    The other two pieces that I wanted to see were Winged Victory and the Venus Demilo.
    Venus was created sometime around 130 BC and was found in ruins on the island of Milos in 1820.
    Winged Victory is said to be created about a century before the Venus and was discovered in 1863.
    I found it interesting that both of these pieces were removed from the Louvre in 1939 prior to the stay of WWII and hidden to avoid looting and destruction.
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  • Day6

    Pari Finale

    July 5 in France

    Last day in Paris. It appears to be the day to stumble on churches. Monmatre is on the site where it is said, a priest had his head cut off, walked up the hill (mon) and washed his head. So massively impressive inside. The building has to be worship alone. Found a Catholic Church with iron buttresses. Again, so impressive for the size and detail. And another with the dome featured. Not to waste our last afternoon, we walked possibly 15-20km around the Lovre, the banks of the Seine watching barges and artists. We sat on love lock bridge where love is declared by putting a lock with you initials on the handrail. Walked past dozens if police holding automatic rifles ....can’t say i wasn’t shocked each time. Even explored a grocery shop and picked food past our comfort zone; except for the bananas and cider. It was almost 10pm before we got back to the hotel and it was still light. Was hoping to see Paris under lights at the river. Specific yes but coming away not at all disappointed. Thankyou Paris. You did not fail my extremely high expectations.Read more

  • Day56

    Day 53&54

    July 23, 2017 in France

    Not going to lie, yesterday I did pretty much nothing haha was still in recovery from the night before

    But today my day started with the Louvre and wow there is so much amazing artwork and artefacts within it (way too many pictures to post). The Mona Lisa in my opinion is way overrated in the fact that the amount of tourists standing in front of it was ridiculous and he has many other works within the museum that are just as good (very similar in the faces be paints)

    One of my favourite exhibitions was the ancient Egyptian collection. Really cool and you were able to walk into a preserved tomb with the writings and drawings still original on the walls

    Then after spending multiple hours roaming the museum I went for a walk to the Eiffel Tower which in fact kind of turned into a hike. The distance between all the monuments is extreme. They are all spread very far apart! And I wasn't wearing comfortable shoes so my feet are quite sore now! Tomorrow I will put on the sneakers and head to the remaining monuments

    Then a stroll up the Champs-Élysées with all of the shops that I can't afford

    Then the Tour de France came through the streets of Paris so I lined the barrier and spent about 4 hours firstly waiting till it started then they had a massive parade of sponsors and all of their floats with lots of singing and shouting in French then the bikes came through which was amazing to see them live! They are ridiculously fast like you expect them to be but it's still really amazing to see in real life not that you do for long as the fly past. Amazing athletes😊

    It was really overcast and windy today which made my photos not the greatest and the wind was so chilly like been back home! (But a nice change from the heat haha)

    Early to bed for me as have another big day of sightseeing ahead👍
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  • Day54

    The rain day

    August 8, 2017 in France

    Its raining, its pouring, Grandad is snoring,
    He went to bed and drank Guiness, so couldnt get up in the morning!
    Anyways, today was a rainy day. Probably, the most rainy day in the holiday. Our cycling plan got cancelled and even the laser tag got cancelled! I was really excited about Laser Tag and super bummed out that it was cancelled. Even though it was raining, me and Conor got into the hot tub!! Except I hurt my ankle, and it was stinging when it touched the water, and Mammy and Daddy didn’t give me a plaster ( they said it wont fix anything) so basically I was just sitting with my legs up in the hot tub. But me and Conor still played ‘The Drunk Baby’ Its the same as AEIOU, but me and Conor made it up. I had a ham sandwich for lunch, Me,Nanny,Grandad and Conor played the game ‘Taboo’ and yeah that’s basically it. But wait! I have a prediction… Grandad is going to drink Guinness after dinner. I’m not guessing this, I know he’s going to drink guinness.Read more

  • Day11

    Day 11: Paris, France

    July 17, 2016 in France

    We woke up to a fabulous breakfast of anything you could want. We're definitely being spoiled especially after staying at some bad ones recently in DC. After a really awesome breakfast we got ready to tackle the Louvre. We walked over and couldn't believe that our pass actually walked us straight in with everyone waiting. There are 3 wings and a total of 8 miles of museum. It's huge. We started on the top floor where no one was with 17th century french paintings and then worked our way down the 3 floors. We saw most of the museum (of course, not in great detail) and after visiting the British Museum, it was nice not to be crowded because there's so much space in the Louvre. You can also tell the difference between a paying museum and a free one. My favorite was the Winged Victory sculpture-- stunning. We saw the Mona Lisa- she's only famous because she was stolen and lost for 2 years. It's a cool picture, but it's unfortunate everyone comes here to see her when there's so much else to see. After the museum, we had a picnic lunch in the Tuileries Garden and walked to the musee de l'orangerie which is impressionist and post-impressionist. I didn't much like the downstairs, but I did like Monet's Water Lillies. We walked back to the hotel to clean up and make our way to church on the northwest side of the city for their English service. It was really good to worship with Christians especially in a city like Paris. If you're ever in Paris, you should worship with them. They get lots of visitors and it's really encouraging to know that there are Christians, however few, everywhere in the world. We had dinner (I had the duck- it's the price of chicken back home) and then made our way back to the hotel and crashed.Read more

  • Day8

    The Louvre

    October 14, 2015 in France

    There were hundreds of Christian paintings, sculptures and artifacts on display. My favorite is the wall sculpture of Christ praying in the garden. There is an angel presenting a cup to him while He prays "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” The "cup" refers to God's wrath and divine judgement on mankind. I had never seen this depiction before. Very powerful!Read more

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