I should have known better but I walked to the Louvre,I should have got the Metro .So I had done just over 2 kilometres before I got there and then walked the many many many corridors of the Louvre for 3 hours which made for a very weary me. It was all good though ’cause the Louvre was amazing even though it borders on overwhelming.
I also should have “workshopped” the map before I set off on my walk of the museum, as there were sections that I have little interest in. That doesn’t mean those items are any less special, they just aren’t special to me.Next time I come to Paris I am going back to finish off the second floor, redo some of the rooms I really liked and the ones I didn’t find.
The audio guides are nintendo 3DS. They know everything, they can tell you where you are, which is quite handy when you are lost in the labyrinth that is the Louvre. I was wandering around thinking ” i wonder if I am lost and it is past closing time perhaps they can find me via the GPS in the audioguide and come and guide me out”.
The paintings on the ceilings are as incredible as the art.
It was nice being there with not too many people. The Mona Lisa had a big crowd and it (the painting) was bigger than I had imagined it to be but some rooms were empty so that made for a nice walk.
I set off for the walk home and had a really nice marinara pizza at Le Second Empire. The 5 euro Mojitos is what got me in the door but the pizza was just what I needed. Something yum to eat sans a block of butter. 😉
Today there was a vintage market just up the road so I went up to that. It was every wealthy hipsters dream come true. I did not mind paying to get in the door but the only thing I could afford to buy was the canvas shopping bag that was 3 euro with the 2 euro entrance fee.
There were some really beautiful examples of old Parisian clothes but nothing that would have fit me or my wallet. I am glad I went. If only my wallet was fatter and my waist smaller 😉
A quick lunch at Candelaria
Then I went for a walk up to Boulevard Beaumarchais where there was a flea market pretty much the length of the street.
I went to Marche des Enfants Rouge for some tomato salad from the stall that giggle when they see me, I got a 1/4 of rotisserie chicken, a small amount of pre cooked rigatoni and some goats cheese from Rue Charlot and tossed it all together for dinner. I was going to take a photo but my taste buds wouldn’t let me stop long enough.
I , of course, left some tomato salad for breakfast.