Place du Palais Royal

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  • Day5


    August 21, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    I needed to be at the bottom of the Montmarte hill by 12.00 midday in order to make it to my entry time stamp of 1-1.30pm at the Louvre.

    This meant catching 2 train lines and lining up for security, for ticket collection and to get into the louvre from the pyramid entrance.

    Well I had no clue what to do, but had every faith in myself to just work it out, and make it happen. It did, I was inside the Louvre in approx 20 minutes.

    Online booking meant I already had my ticket. Time stamp meant had a fastpass in a 30 minute window. I walked past huge lines inside. Until The Mona Lisa!

    I was heading to Vermeer's 'The Lace Maker' in Richelieu wing as this area would be quieter. Not this time. They had moved the Mona Lisa in a room right next to my painting!!!

    Dumbasses. Bloody renovations. I asked staff which direction for Vermeer. They smiled at me as if to say you poor girl, wanting to see a painting next to the most famous one in the world.

    They got it. This was my experience with every staff member I chatted to in the Louvre. They sit there all bored. Then I walk up to them. You see I tried to speak French to them, failed miserably, I would say the magic word 'englais' to them, then their faces lit up with big smiles. They could see in me my joy to be there, a willingness to try to adapt, stuffing it up but smiling anyway. Now where can I find Delacroix?, Canova? and so on.

    Julie asked me to find Eugene Delacroix's 'Frightened horse leaping from water' in lithograph. I looked, nothing in the French artists section. I asked where it is? I was told that if I came back tomorrow, and booked a time, the director could take me into a special room to see the drawings. You see the drawings are not on display, due to their delicacy. Well so sorry Jules I am not coming back tomorrow as will be flying to Italy.

    Walking the Louvre by myself, best thing in the world.

    My arts history teacher, Mr Ross Miller, has taught me about these world famous paintings and artists with huge passion when I was 16 years old. Every slide he showed me has stuck.

    I treat these works of the masters of any era like my old friends. Even tearing up, when I face one unexpectedly. Recognition. I totally know these guys. I see a painting and the artists name comes out of my mouth. I get to really celebrate my own appreciation for these works.

    I eat Quiche at the corner Cafe while staring through the windows at the crowds outside the pyramid.

    I come across my favourite pieces - Canova's 'Cupid and Psyche' and 'Winged Victory of Samarance' (Which always reminds me of Carolyn)
    Bought them on way home in a model shop for 10 euro each. In Louvre were 110.00 euro.
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    Sandra Bourke

    The white frame on the left is the Mona Lisa. What you can't see is the massive room crammed with people!

    Sandra Bourke

    My Vermeer

    Sandra Bourke

    Winged Victory

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  • Day9


    October 4, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Sitzen immernoch in Étéchy fest, also bekommt Paris noch 'ne zweite Chance.
    Tagesausflug in den Louvre == gaaanz viele Wartezeiten.

    Abends kam das Werkstattteam samt neuer LiMa an und durfte gleich die Vorzüge eines Mietwohnwagen aufm FKK Campingplatz genießen. (Danke nochmal an Papa und Robert für alles!)

    Morgen kann es weiter Richtung Süden gehen 🎉
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  • Day6

    Art and gardens

    August 31, 2019 in France ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    A day of meandering through Jardin des Tuileries Gardens, discovering the beautiful works of Monet and Picasso at the Musèe de l'Orangerie and playing find and seek with the Mona Lisa at the Louvre we really got our step count up. We stopped in at Les Caves du Louvre where we tried some French wines and discovered what makes it different to our wines. Another visit to the Eiffel Tower and a quick viewing of the Paris Aquarium had us exhausted!Read more

  • Day2


    February 29, 2020 in France ⋅ 🌧 10 °C

    Mein persönliches Must See Highlight! Gefühlt ist der Louvre zwar kleiner als ich dachte (was uns zugute kam um noch etwas vom Tag zu haben 😄) aber das Gebäude und die Präsentation der Ausstellungsstücke sind den Besuch unbedingt wert. Und es ist nun mal der Louvre!

    Zusatzanmerkung einen Tag später: sieht wohl so aus, dass wir einen kompletten Trakt übersehen haben 🤪. Kein Wunder das wir so schnell durchgekommen sind und die Venus von Milo nicht gefunden haben 🙃. Naja - mindestens noch ein Grund mehr noch einmal nach Paris zu kommen!
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  • Day14

    Recorriendo el museo del Louvre

    February 21, 2016 in France ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    Arrancamos el dia llendo al museo del Louvre. Fuimos caminando y entramos por la piramide de vidrio. 

    Se veia lindo y grande. Recorrimos solo una parte del museo, porque decidimos ir al sector de arte egipcio, griego y romano. 

    Las esculturas griegas estaban casi perfectas de lo bien hechas. Aunque algunas no estaban completas. 

    A Mati le gusto la esfinge egipcia, y los sarcofagos. A mi me gusto la estatua de la diosa Venus de Milo.
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  • 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

    Were you shocked to see how small the Mona Lisa is? I know I was! Lynette

    Shannon Mabry

    Yes i was haha!

    Kay Coelho

    Wow, this reminds me of my trip there many years ago. Still beautiful! Kay

  • 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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    Joy Marshall

    nearly at the front. i got to the space where the tall guy is... awesome

    Paulie Proctor

    Don't you reckon the Mona Lisa seems so much smaller than you expect?

  • Day11

    Musée du Louvre

    September 6, 2017 in France ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    The spaces in the Musée du Louvre are quite amazing really. The building itself looks large from the outside, but once you get inside it is like the tardis. It is almost incomprehensible that the size of the exhibition spaces, and so many of them, can fit inside the building.

    Without a doubt, my most favourite museum ever!
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    Sheridan Dean

    My barbie doll touched that pointy thing last year.


    Me too!!🦄

  • Day11

    Paris - Tour Eiffel + Le Crazy Horse

    September 6, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    The first big day out in Paris! Straight up, we should be thankful for having children who did not complain once despite the 10km+ of walking we put in today! We decided to walk from Montmartre to the Musée du Louvre because at 36 minutes, it seemed only marginally slower than taking the Metro without the hassle of trying to work out the ticket vending machines. The Louvre deserves its own posting, so the adventure continues on after the Louvre to the walk through the Tuilleres Garden just outside, along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées to the Arch de Triomphe, with the plan to find a boulangerie on the way to buy a baguette to eat with our salami and cheese. Despite a relatively high density of such shops everywhere else in Paris, it would appear the cost of real estate on the Champs-Élysées would render this type of business unprofitable, because there were none to be found.

    Still, around the corner on the way back to the Tour Eiffel we managed to locate one as well as a park bench at which we could rest the weary feet. Across the Seine we bought our tickets to the top of the Eiffel Tower and once again I think we were relatively lucky in terms of waiting time (15 minutes or so). The real queues started at the elevators, both on the way up and on the way down and no amount of pre-purchasing was going to save us from that. But, it was worth it - a most incredible structure and really quite beautiful. The 1991 budget tourist me could only afford to walk to the second level, so the lift to the top was a treat (and much less tiring).

    We caught the Metro home. Walking was not an option.

    The kids enjoyed dinner out with Nanny and Poppy, having crepes for dessert and a night view of the Sacré-Cœur - complete with furnicular ride to the top.

    Craig and I enjoyed a dinner out in Paris prior to going to the Le Crazy Horse cabaret show. Finn was asking why they weren't coming out with us. We told them that the show was only for adults to go to, Craig adding that they didn't want stinky children there. When we got home, the kids had found a brochure for Crazy Horse whilst they were out for dinner with Nanny and Poppy and Kate said "I know why we couldn't go mum. It looked like those girl soldiers were not wearing very many clothes."

    True dat! The theatre was smallish, perhaps seating around 150. We had great seats only 4 rows from the front with a bottle of champagne. The lighting, music, costumes (what little there were) and the stage setting were done brilliantly. Highly recommended for a special night out in Paris.
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    Sheridan Dean

    Love Katie's comments

  • Day12

    Paris - Pantheon, Mouffard, Notre Dame

    September 7, 2017 in France ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Another big day of walking ahead, so Glen and Jeff decided to do the Hop On/Hop Off bus around Paris. We did start out with a Metro ride though, but in the end I think we ended up walking a big chunk of Paris and home again, given taking the Metro by the time we we were ready to come home was going to take only 2 minutes less than walking. Walking won.

    The agenda for today started us out at the Pantheon, but given this was not THE Pantheon, Craig was willing to reserve entry until we hit Rome - so only the outside viewing. Across the road was the Sainte-Genevieve Library which I wanted to have a sneak peak of, but non-borrowing visitors apparently are only allowed at certain times, and it was about 4 hours from when we rocked up, so it didn't eventuate. We then wandered to the Rue Mouffard Market which is a lovely narrow cobblestone street full of specialty shops (fish shops, veges, olives, fromagerie, patisserie, flowers etc) and narrow restaurants and cafes. The street is narrow as is, but the vendors pull out checker-plate platforms into the street to extend their shops which gives it a very intimate feeling. Craig bought his Opinel wooden handled knife whilst we were here, so we are set for picnics for the rest of the holiday now.

    A 20 minute walk further on we were crossing the Seine to the back end of the Notre Dame. Craig had declared this a "no queue" day, so it was only for a look from the outside, and then we ran into the parents! Around the corner from here, we joined the Parisiennes in what seems to be a prolonged affair and had déjeuner at one of the gorgeous cafes that line the streets. I had lunch a glass of rosé which seems to be the vin du jour (and with good reason - quite quaffable!). After lunch we continued on to the Pont Neuf to look at the thousands of padlocks attached to the balustrade and then across to the "inside out" Centre Pompidou.

    The kids are keen for their holiday souvenir to be a pocket knife, so as we were walking to Rue LaFayette we came across a hunting shop. It was so tiny and full of what would mostly likely take up 4-5 times more real estate in Australia. As such, it was a constant stream of saying "pardon" to every other person in the shop as you walked in or around them, trying to not let all the stock fall on the ground. A bit of an experience trying to negotiate buying a couple of pocket knives.
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    Sheridan Dean


    Sheridan Dean

    I have no life except reading your blogs and I like PICTURES!!!!!

    Gabrielle Ingram

    Pictures tonight. On the train and downloading isn't working over my phone connection.


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