Our second day was dedicated to the main attractions in Paris, Le Musée du Louvre (The Louvre Museum), La Tour Eiffel(The Eiffel Tower) and Arc de Triomphe de l’Etoile(The Arc De Triumph). After a fabulous start to our trip…I was ready for all that Paris had to offer.
The Louvre is the world’s largest museum, and can I say the prettiest too!! We walked to the Louvre while appreciating the other beautiful landmarks and bridges along the way.
This former palace was converted into a museum by Louis XIV when they moved base to the Palace of Versailles.It is so huge that it takes about 15 minutes to walk from the gigantic gates to the centre of the courtyard where the entrance is located. We stood in a really long but fast moving queue to enter the Louvre.We spent this time taking pictures with the famous Louvre Pyramid and the other baby pyramids scattered around in the courtyard. Travel Tip: Plan ahead and purchase skip the line tickets.I did not get a chance to return later at night to see the louvre pyramids lit up at night, I have heard they look beautiful.
You can spend a week in the Louvre and not see everything it houses. We had a couple of hours and we saw a very small selection of the massive art collection that the Louvre houses. It has around 48 must see artworks and we managed to see about 8-10 of them. We rented audio guides and immediately entered the Denon gallery section which houses the famous works of many Italian painters. . Travel Tip: The Louvre does not have guided tours on Sunday.You can either book a private guided tour or visit another day. I must admit, it is not easy to navigate the Louvre on your own. Though it is fun to explore the museum and find interesting art pieces in the process, it can very quickly turn exhausting.It was an experience in itself to navigate inside the museum using the PS3 converted into an interactive navigation device.
The top two of all Italian paintings are The Mona Lisa and The Wedding Of Cana(The Last Supper). The Last Supper is in fact the largest painting of the Louvre. Apollo’s Gallery is another interesting room that displays the sun’s path from sunrise to sunset.
We took the metro to get to The Eiffel Tower.It takes about 20-30 mins to get there. On our way to the metro station, we passed the Lock Bridge. Young lovers lock love locks on the bridge and throw the key in the Siene to signify eternal love. We did no such thing. A lock shall signify our love not! While we were looking around for a place to have lunch, we came across Punjab, an Indian restaurant. They were quick and the food was delicious. We were in an out in less than 30 mins.