Louvre and Saturday 21st of September

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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.

a roof

a ceiling

another roof

another ceiling

another roof

and another ceiling

I loved this piece as I really liked her facial expression. It made me LOL. to me it said...

I loved this piece as I really liked her facial expression. It made me LOL. to me it said…

"oh My GOD! hurry up!  I am so bored!

“oh My GOD! hurry up! I am so bored!

This painting is by Hubert Robert. It is of the early Louvre but really the corridor was not that long. It was how he imagined the Louvre should be. The architect designed the Louvre extensions using Roberts interpretation of how it should be.

This painting is by Hubert Robert. It is of the early Louvre but really the corridor was not that long. It was how he imagined the Louvre should be. The architect designed the Louvre extensions using Roberts interpretation of how it should be.

Hubert Robert also painted it as he interpreted it would look if it was blown up by revolutionists.

Hubert Robert also painted it as he interpreted it would look if it was blown up by revolutionists.

This is another favourite  I would be quite chuffed to hang on my wall at home

This is another favourite I would be quite chuffed to hang on my wall at home

I have a fondness for little things made centuries ago.

I have a fondness for little things made centuries ago.

Thought to be the first figurine of Minotaure

Thought to be the first figurine of Minotaure

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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.

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This didn't have a pulse. I checked.

This bag didn’t have a pulse. I checked.

Nivea always reminds me of a great photo of my sisters as little girls with some family friends and one of them is holding a nivea jar. (not nearly as old as this one) This old tin of Nivea was nearly mine but I opened it. My sinuses were horrified by the rancid smell of well past it's use by date NIvea. Had I of tried to get it into  Australia,  customs would have done bad things to me just in spite of them having to smell it,

Nivea always reminds me of a great photo of my sisters as little girls with some family friends and one of them is holding a nivea jar. (not nearly as old as this one) This old tin of Nivea was nearly mine but I opened it. My sinuses were horrified by the rancid smell of well past it’s use by date NIvea. Had I of tried to get it into Australia, customs would have done bad things to me just in spite of them having to smell it,

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voici Johnny

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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

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There was food involved.. honestly!

There was food involved.. honestly!

Then I went for a walk up to Boulevard Beaumarchais where  there was a flea market pretty much the length of the street.

This is a painting ( not Louvre worthy) of some police checking out an accident site. Where would someone hang this? the loo, the garage, above a bar?

I just had to show this painting again.

I loved this and would love it to be mne

I loved this and would love it to be mine. Not crazy about the orange drawer but I would learn to live with it.

I got a little excited when I saw this stall as I thought I might be able to find my sister the Le Cuisinart dish she has her heart set on. Sadly it  was not there.

I got a little excited when I saw this stall as I thought I might be able to find my sister the Le Cuisinart dish she has her heart set on. Sadly it was not there. I am looking though.

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.

A bientot.

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5 responses »

  1. Hi Bron
    So glad you went to the louvre! The Mona Lisa is amazing when u see it in the flesh! I wish my wallet was fatter and waist smaller too!!
    Love
    Kate

  2. I look forward to a future episode of Border Patrol where the customs beagles bail you up attempting to bring 20kg of tomatoe salad into Australia .

  3. Laughing at skimax!

    My visit to the Louvre was in days pre-Nintendo DS. We got LOST! We checked a bag into a cloak room on the way in and couldn’t find our way back to where we started. We had to exit and walk around the outside to find the door where we started!

    My perpetually itchy travel feet are getting even itchier reading your blog. I’m taking notes on Paris!

    Keep on enjoying 😀

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