Eric and I somehow managed to find a back entrance to the Louvre and were in in less than 15 minutes flat. When we got to the top floor, I looked out the window, and there was an insanely long line. A couple that we met at our hotel told us later that they stood it in the same morning for over an hour and a half. I'm really not sure why we were able to go in where we did, but we'll consider it a blessing and move on :)
The Louvre was stunning in and of itself. It's so large, we knew there was no way we could ever see it all in one day. We aren't huge art aficionados anyway, so we picked out a few pieces that we were interested in and set out on our way.
|See aforementioned line snaking around to the left...|
|The one painting that I was dying to see in person...Joseph, the Carpenter by Georges de la Tour.|
|The Winged Victoroy was no less impressive because of where they have it positioned at the top of a staircase, under a skylight.|
|Madonna of the Rocks by DaVinci...is it sad that I wanted to see this for no other reason than it was in The DaVinci Code?|
|The sea of people waiting to see this little painting.|
|Please don't yell at me, but there were other paintings that Eric and I found much more impressive in person...But alas, we saw the Mona Lisa! Because you just have to when you're in Paris, right?|
We headed over to see the inverted pyramid, bought some prints, and then headed out to grab a bite to eat before Notre Dame!
|I gave up on trying to get anything more than a snapshot of this, hence the girl posing, and some lady's kid resting on the pyramid. Oh, people.|