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    • Day3

      Art Day

      June 16, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

      We had early morning tickets to see some art so after a lovely breakfast and good strong coffee we hit the bikes again and risked our lives in the Paris streets. We were 30 minutes late for our time slot but Aiden said it was very Parisian of us to be late. It didn’t matter anyway because no one even checked our tickets! (Note to self, just walk in like you belong there and save the dough!) Here’s where Daniel shined. He has read every Rick Riorden book on the planet and really knows his Greek and Roman gods. The Mona Lisa was in the new room which is nice considering the last time we were there she was in a dark hallway. I prefer the big art anyway over her. The Wedding at Cana is more my style.

      Then Saint Chappelle- I heard Daniel walk in and say “whoa!” That says it all.
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      Traveler

      WOW!

      6/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      We enjoyed a live concert of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons just by chance at Saint Chappell ~ A favorite memory of ours.

      6/16/22Reply
      Traveler

      That was going to happen this weekend I saw.

      6/17/22Reply
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    • Day46

      The Louvre … just wow

      May 6, 2022 in France ⋅ ☀️ 63 °F

      Each day on this trip brings a new wonder to behold, it seems like. Today we saw SO much again … Paris has a remarkable affordable public transit system, and the city is surprisingly walkable - in sections.

      We started our morning at The Louvre. It is the largest museum in the world, and it was obvious. I found the building itself to be a work of art! We only scratched the surface there. Did see some amazing statues - Nike of Samothrace (winged) which Jordan sketched - 190 BC, and the Venice de Milo! 100 BC. Other noteworthy piece we saw was the Mona Lisa - the crowds were intense, but we managed to get to the front eventually to see her.

      The French have created magnificent gardens everywhere - reminds me of what I’ve seen in Canada. They are just gorgeous. There were also two arches - one smaller and one massive. Really massive. The biggest surprise was seeing the Place de La Concorde - this is a square (where kings/queens were beheaded during the revolution) with what looks like a small version of the Washington monument from far away, but as you get closer it is clear it’s different. It’s an Egyptian obelisk!! No kidding. It’s 3300 years old! The Egyptians gifted the 230 ton Luxor obelisk (it has a twin still in Egypt) to France in the mid 1800’s. It took SEVEN years to transport it across the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, up the Nile and finally up the Seine river. And then it took a feat of engineering to raise it.

      We took a metro ride out of the historical district to what looked to be the suburbs of Paris - Wandered the canal and then what else to do when in Paris with the biggest Marvel fan ever (Jordan), we went to opening night of the Dr. Strange movie. Found one playing in English. It felt familiar, kind of.
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      Traveler

      Incredible. Puts our buildings to shame.

      5/6/22Reply
      Traveler

      You two have the best smiles 💖💖

      5/7/22Reply
      Christie Mitchell

      Perpetual state of happiness, for the most part. That, or exhaustion.

      5/7/22Reply
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    • Day68

      GEMÄLDE UND SKULPTUREN

      July 13, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

      Die vielen Gemälde begeistern uns und meine Enkelin Amalia, voll in der Pubertät, sucht und unterbrochen Pimmel.
      Mal groß mal klein mal abgeschnitten mal nicht mehr zu sehen mal versteckt.
      Es ist einfach lustig und wir alle haben viel zu lachen.Read more

    • Day199

      The Louvre, Paris, France

      November 23, 2022 in France ⋅ 🌧 7 °C

      The Louvre... it's actually quite big. If you took all the floor space of the Lounge and stuck it end to end it would be 8 miles long (or so we heard). Also if you spent 30 seconds looking at each individual pieces of art in the Lounge, it would take 100 days to view all 35,000 pieces. It has 15,000 visitors each day, and ranks as the most visited museum in the world. Sixty six percent of all the artwork in the Louvre are from French artists. We have been fortunate on this trip to visit some of Europe's best art museums. We've also been able to take away a better understanding of art across the centuries.Read more

      Traveler

      Mona Lisa by Da Vinci - it's actually quite small. The painting is 30 in × 21 in and since it was stolen before (in 1911), they don't let you get very close. It's actually hard to see it in person.

      11/23/22Reply
      Traveler

      Nearby plaque reads: The subject of this painting - the Archangel Saint Michael vanquishing Satan - was intended to flatter the Order of Saint Michael. The existence of this order, whose Grand Master was King François I, guaranteed the alliance between France and the Vatican, reestablished in 1518 to combat the Turks.

      11/23/22Reply
      Traveler

      I didn't get a nearby plaque description, but we actually watched some videos on artwork in the Louvre before we went and this quickly became one I was most excited to see. This statue was discovered on the Greek island of Samothrace. It has been dated to 190 BCE. It is believed to have been on the mounted bow of a ship. We don't know what ship or who the author was. The two most amazing things about it are the wings and the stomach. To think those wings could withstand violent seas and not break off is astounding. If you walk around back, the wings are supported by some kind of metal brace, but it's still impressive. The look of the fabric of a thin wet dress looks as though a woman actually on the front of a ship. To create that from marble is amazing!

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    • Day5

      Louvre

      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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      Traveler

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

      8/22/19Reply
      Traveler

      My Vermeer

      8/22/19Reply
      Traveler

      Winged Victory

      8/22/19Reply
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    • Day3

      Paris bei Nacht

      June 5, 2022 in France ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Nach einem kurzen Regenschauer ging es in eine nicht weit entfernte Pariser Bar. Das Nachtleben und die Kultur ist einfach unglaublich. Überall Straßencafes mit Menschen, welche entspannt an den kleinen Tischen sitzen. Paris, wie man es sich vorstellt.

      Nach dem Essen und ein paar Drinks 🍹 ließen wir es uns nicht nehmen noch einmal in die U-Bahn zu steigen und dem Louvre im Dunkeln ein Besuch abzustatten.
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    • Day2

      Louvre

      June 4, 2022 in France ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

      Nach einen kurzen Stop am Moulin Rouge ging es weiter zum Louvre. Dort war viel los. Wir ließen es uns nicht nehmen ein kurzes Päuschen einzulegen und dem Treiben zuzuschauen. Nach ein paar Fotos zogen wir weiter. Langsam machte sich ein Hüngerchen breit. Auf der Suche nach einen passenden Restaurant sahen wir dann das erste Mal den Eiffelturm. Echt ein beeindruckendes Bauwerk. Wir fanden schließlich ein kleines Asiatisches Restaurant indem es echt lecker schmeckte. Auf dem weiteren Weg in Richtung Eiffelturm ging es vorbei an vielen Geschäften, wo wir uns eine Packung Erdbeeren kauften. Dann machten wir uns auf der großen Wiese vor dem Eiffelturm gemütlich, zogen unsere Schuhe aus und ließen uns die Erdbeeren schmecken.Read more

    • Day14

      Louvre 😍

      August 17, 2022 in France ⋅ 🌧 21 °C

      Im Louvre konnten wir sehr viel Zeit verbringen und haben dennoch nicht alles sehen können. Zunächst mussten wir natürlich zur Mona Lisa gehen und diese bestaunen.
      Zusammenfassung des Tages: viel Zeit einplanen, tonnenweise was zutrinken dabei haben (es war sehr warm), die Kunstwerke genießen und auf die Lufteinlässe stellen (man fühlt sich wie Marilyn Monroe) 😊Read more

      Traveler

      Da waren wir auch 🤗

      8/19/22Reply
       
    • Day2

      Paris 1982

      March 17, 2021 in France ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

      Zwei Jahre nach London, startete ich dann in meine ganz persönliche "große" Freiheit - mit dem Führerschein, mit was auch sonst!

      Damals hatten wir uns in der Clique nach dem Freitagstraining, oft in Stuttgart bei Mac Donalds verabredet ( ganz ohne Smartphone ☝️☝️😅 ) und die obligatorischen Wochenendpläne geschmiedet - Essen gehen ( vietnamesisch war total angesagt, Steakhouse nur am Monatsanfang möglich, Pizza ging immer ), Kino, Disco, Zusatztraining, Videos schauen, daß übliche eben in diesem Alter.

      Irgendwann kam bei solch einem Treffen die grandiose Idee auf, doch einfach mal spontan für 2 Tage nach Paris zu fahren - ohne Navi ☝️☝️😅!

      Jeder legte das Geld das er hatte auf den Tisch und am Ende waren wir uns einig - es müsste wohl reichen!

      Natürlich nicht für eine Unterkunft, geschlafen ( wenn man das so nennen konnte ) wurde zu viert im VW Scirocco - und selbstverständlich eben so wenig für einen Café- oder Restaurantbesuch, da wurde alternativ einfach von jedem, mehr oder weniger sozialverträglich, der elterliche Kühlschrank geplündert. Das Geld, reichte gerade so für Benzin und Autobahngebühren!

      Drei Mal waren wir in diesem Sommer in Paris und haben uns jedesmal auf den Straßen und vor den Sehenswürdigkeiten wie Volldeppen aufgeführt.

      Da wir alle kampfsportbegeistert waren, mußten selbstverständlich aussagekräftige Fotos mit jeder Menge Fußkicks her - auch mit dem Eiffelturm im Hintergrund, versteht sich 😊😎🤷‍♂️🤦‍♂️!

      Wir hatten definitiv Spaß und das alles, fast ohne Geld und trotz eindeutiger Verhaltensauffälligkeiten, ohne unsere Mitmenschen zu stören. Ihr könnt mir glauben, es war eine tolle Zeit - losgelöst vom Elternhaus, fühlten wir uns erwachsen und frei.

      Die Welt wartete auf uns, oder war's umgekehrt? Aber, wer weiß das schon in diesem Alter?!
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      Traveler

      haha und da soll Mal einer sagen früher hat die Jugend weniger Blödsinn gemacht 💪🏻🤩

      3/16/21Reply
      Traveler

      😇😇😇!

      3/16/21Reply
      Traveler

      Nice kick 💪🙌

      3/16/21Reply
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    • Day17

      Louvre

      August 12, 2022 in France ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

      Heute ging es für uns in den Louvre. Nachdem wir (dank Himbeere) die lange Warteschlange umgehen konnten, ging es für uns auf eine Erkundungstour durch den Louvre. Unser Audioguide: ein Nintendo DS 3D. Abgefahren!
      Bei vielen künstlerischen Meisterwerken und vielen Infos verstrich der Vormittag. Nach drei Stunden verließen wir den Louvre dann erschöpft. Längst nur einen Teil von ihm erschlossen, aber schon platt 🙈.
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