Paris 2017

Paris: Day 5

Day 5 was spent in the Louvre. Yep, the entire day. While this may sound completely and utterly boring to some people, my dad really wanted to spend the whole day here and so we did.

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We got to Versailles early enough to line up near the front of the pyramid and entered through there. The first thing we did was to see the Mona Lisa. When we got there, there was already around 20 people there. While a lot of people say that the Mona Lisa is very small, it wasn’t as small as I thought it would be.

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After we saw the Mona Lisa, we rushed to see the other well-known pieces in the Louvre like Venus de Milo and the Winged Victory before heading back to enjoy the European artwork gallery. While the Louvre was crowded, it was only super busy by the most famous works and the European gallery. Once you to another gallery, the crowds noticeably grow thinner. One of my favourite places was probably Napoleon III’s chambers. Think very similar to the chambers in Versailles but much fewer people (aka practically empty). They also featured more artifacts like necklaces, chests, and so on. They’re definitely worth a visit if you’re interested in seeing how the royalty lived or you enjoyed Versailles, but want to experience something more intimate.

We visited a few more galleries, but there wasn’t anything too interesting worth noting. I would suggest that you get the Louvre audioguide (either on your phone or renting one) as they provide a lot of insight on many of the art pieces. We left earlier than intended cause I was starting to feel sick.

Later, in the evening, we went to Galerie Lafayettes to check out the iconic ceiling.

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