Paris – Tuileries Garden and the The Louvre.

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 Like the entree to a main meal the Tuileries Gardens with it’s fountains, statues and perfectly manicured hedges is a wonderful prelude to tempt your taste buds before visiting the Louvre Museum.U

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The gardens are situated in between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre. Originally the gardens for the royal palace.

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Walking through the gate known as the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, you can’t help but be reminded of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin… ok well just the horses on top . Actually if my memory serves me correctly these ornate triumphal gates seem to be found in front of a lot of European palaces.

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But the most striking thing in front of the Louvre is of course the glass pyramid made even more famous by the popular Dan Brown book the Da Vinci Code.

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Just like the Leaning Tower of Pisa you would be the odd one out if you were not taking photos with those comic poses in front of the Pyramid. They even have strategically placed blocks for you to stand on to help you along.

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Here the trusty Paris Museum pass came into play again, not only covering our admission fee, but skipping the booking office lines and walking straight in.

The Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world and holds works of art from every continent. We grabbed our map and decided what our priorities were and headed straight to those sections.

A visit to Paris is not a visit, unless you visit the Louvre and it is most famous piece of Art work, the Mona Lisa . Set behind glass it is the one item in the museum that attracts the most amount of tourists at any one time. Once you fight way to the front of the pack you are surprised just how small it is compared to so many other famous works of art. But if I was to only see one thing it would have to be that.

It’s quite surreal to be walking around looking at paintings and sculptures from artists that you studied at school. Throughout the galleries you would also find up and coming artists painting their own reproduction of  certains work of art, sometimes you couldn’t tell the difference.

Remembering that this was once a Royal palace, the ceilings and mouldings that decorate the interior are just as much as part of the exhibition as the artwork that are hanging on the walls.20140613_105532

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Venus De Milo

Apart from the Mona Lisa our other main focus was to visit Napoleon’s rooms, the Greek exhibition, Venus De Milo and anything Vermeer or from that era.

 

 

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