The Louvre is the biggest Gallery we have ever been to! We arrived from the Metro underneath the pyramids. This is a pretty cool entrance so we took some shots. I think these pyramids caused a bit of controversy when they were installed but we really liked them.
The Louvre was so big so we decided to tackle the must sees first since it was earlier in the day, then have a look around the rest of the gallery. The Mona Lisa was beautiful, although you can’t get very close because they have a big barricade around it. Then you have to fight your way (and I mean fight) to the front to get a good view. We took some shots of the crowds around the painting, they were insane! People barging their way to the front, not even looking at the painting, just getting there “i was here” photo then moving on. Was a spectacle in itself :)
We spent about 5 hours in all in the gallery and had a look through Napoleons “Apartment” although this place was bigger than my house, and it was more over the top that Versailles! We took some shots of the paintings that we really liked. Michael especially liked “The Nipple Cripple”, though we have no idea why these 2 girls are doing it… The Louvre was built on an old fort, and was also a palace so it was really great just walking around the massive space.
After we left The Louvre we took the 3km walk straight down to the Arc Di Triumph, stopping at Concorde place to find the plaque marking the spot where Marie Antoinette was beheaded with the guillotine. The Arc was in a massive round about so was a little worried about crossing the road to get to it, then we found the underpass which was much easier!
For my birthday (which is tomorrow!) we went to the Moulin Rouge. We got some much better shots of it today and also as we were leaving. Wasn’t as old fashioned as we thought it would be, quite modern now, almost a Vegas style show. They squeezed us in beside a Japanese couple who were a bit peeved we got the better seats :) The show itself was really good although massively cheesy – hahaha, there was a ventriloquist for crying out loud between acts – hahahaha. Was very entertaining though and certainly an experience worth doing once :) One cool thing was a giant water tank one of the girls got in with about 6 massive snakes. The snakes were trying to get out, I thought if they had it would of been very entertaining, but unfortunately they couldn’t :)
Tomorrow is my 29th Birthday, so we are going shopping (YAH!) and also out for dinner with some friends who have booked their favourite French restaurant for us, which we are really looking forward to.