A set of colourful paintings in the Louve.
My last time in Paris was in February, in middle of winter. Now since we are living in Zurich, first natural trip was to Paris in summer. We spent a total of 3 days in Paris and I have to say that I was not blown away like people say, I was ready to leave the crowded city and get out somewhere in open by end of day 3. June 1:
I had taken the evening train from Zurich and reached the previous night. Our first stop for this day was - no surprise here, Louvre Museum. We knew that its a huge museum and takes lot of time. But even then we were not prepared for the vastness of this museum. We started casually looking at all the paintings, reading some of them, then on to some sculptures and then in to Egyptian section. As everyone else, we were excitedly waiting to walk up to Mona Lisa. I was kind of disappointed at the sight of it. Its a simple and small painting and its behind multiple glass and a paremeter. I honestly did not understand what all the fuss is about! There were quite a few other paintings
Richness so rich that it hurt the eyes
that looked much more interesting. But by mid-day I was absolutely tired and had no energy to see the scluptures. My strong advice to anyone, give Luv at least 2 days. June 2:
First thing we had to check out of the hotel and head to our campsite. We stayed at a campsite
slightly outside the city, but very well connected. We had great time camping, it was perfect escape after spending a buzzing day in the city. After seeing the Luv, I was not interested in any other old art. So we decided to start our day with modern art. The museum of moden art was intersting from the beginning. Outside there was someone making a huge art on the ground, there were also quite few other locals showing off some talents. The inside-out building is very interesting. Luckily for us there was a Indian special exhibit that day. I absolutely loved this museum. The funky, impossible to understand art work was great. Some of them really cracked my up. The Indian exhibit was not bad either.
After this we had a nice lunch of sandwiches that I loved and crepes. Next stop was Eiffel tower. I
The famous inverter pyramid
had seen the tower on my earlier trip, but did not mind seeing it again. This time we decided not to go up it due to long queue. Also as I discovered in my previous trip, views are best at night when you can see the city lights. We waiting for it to get dark, took some pictures of sunset behind the tower and then saw the shimmering lights.
On final day, we took a free tour of Paris city. These tours are really great way to see a city with locals. They are free, or rather tip based, done by volunteers, usually students who want to make some extra money with tips. We used this site www.newparistours.com
. The tour gave us good idea of some surroundings. Tour also took us on a famous bridge, I think its somewhere in Sex and the City. The bridge was full of locks called love locks put there by lovers. There were all sorts from locks from huge padlocks to tiny $1 locks. It was interesting, though the guide told us that city clears them every week. So if you lock your love here, it will stay just for
I think it was a crowded city made on a wall
a week ;)
The tour left us close to Notre Dame. So we saw the cathedral. But by this time we were quite tired of the city and of the heat and of all the architecture. After spending some time near the cathedral, we headed back to our campsite for the evening of rest and relaxing. Other Photos on Picasa
Off to Dijon...
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