I’m on my own today! Monica decided to go to Brussels, but I wanted to explore the Louvre. I’m very big into art. I draw and paint constantly at home, and my walls are covered in canvas. I am just so inspired by artists who painted with such detail and emotion, and I couldn’t wait to see it in person. Today is all about art!
If you want to read about the art I saw and the crazy day I had alone in Paris… read on!
I took the underground, hot, sweaty metro from Porte De Bagnolet to Palais Royale- Musee De Louvre.
I had already bought my ticket online so I just lined up for my ‘appointment’ at 9am. Well, no one decided to tell the hundreds of guests that were lined up at the Carousel Entrance that they weren’t opening those doors that day!
An hour passes, so I run upstairs to enter through the glass pyramid with a couple I had just met. They spoke Spanish, and I was just so happy to have someone to talk to in my own language!
They did the laziest security check ever but, I got in! I got my free map and audio guide (that I paid for online.)
Uh oh. Now what? Where do I begin?! I had 7-8 hours to myself and millions of art pieces to see.
I went to the Sully Entrance to Ancient Egypt first, chronological order just made sense to me.
*Note: In the tips section of my upcoming blog, I suggest starting with the Denon Entrance.
I was just amazed the entire time. You read about the Ancient Egyptians in books, but actually SEEING their broken vases, their rudimentary swords, and their sarcophagus’- it just makes you feel so small. There was so much time in between when they lived and when I live now. Wowwwww.
I saw art from Spain, France, the Netherlands, Greek statues, Mesopotamian artifacts, and tons more.
ANYWAYS. Enough shop talk- let’s get to my favorite pieces!
Chillin with my girl Mona
The Wedding Feast at Cana. I can’t believe they put the biggest painting next to the tinyyyyy Mona Lisa.
Portrait of Marie Medici. I just love how fancy she is!
I was SO in love with this beautiful sculpture. It’s called Psyche’s Kiss. It’s about how Psyche was in love with Cupid but couldn’t be with him. Long story short, she is about to die but Cupid comes back to give her the kiss of life. Read about it online! Gosh, I’m such a romantic. 😍😍💖
This sphinx was HUGE!!!
These were made in Ancient Egypt. Can you believe that? Someone long ago carved these.
The captive slave
Aww stoppp… so precious.
The one and only, Venus De Milo!!! 😍
Virgin Mary and Jesus
This cool centaur
Paradis. The different levels of heaven seemed interesting. The detail is so magnificent in this piece. There is a lot of movement in it, if you look closely.
The lion and the snake
A man giving his literal heart to the fair maiden. Stopppppp. So precious!!!! 😍 the name in French is L’Offrande du Coeur.
I stopped and had lunch on the terrace. You know, just casually eating alone, in a Paris cafe, overlooking the Louvre and Touillerie Gardens. A ham and cheese sandwich on a FRENCH BAGUETTE, of course. I felt so fancy. 😏😍
More art? Sure!
A huge wall of stained glass
Ooooh a mummified body. Creepy, yet cool!!
The medieval fortress underneath the Louvre!
It was a terribly long, wonderful day. I loved seeing all the art, but it should definitely not be seen all in 7 hrs. I can check this off my bucketlist!!! I can’t believe I saw so many works from WAY back in the day, and did it all on my own.
I explored the Touillerie Gardens, which is considered part of the Louvre, but that will be my next post! This one is kind of long. Thanks for reading!!!
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