Apr 10, 2013

PARIS: Musée du Louvre & My Search For Mona











Our last touristy stop of the day was Paris' famed Louvre Museum. My one and only goal? Find and photograph the alluring Mona Lisa. Granted, I was interested in seeing the other amazing works of art housed in the world's most famous museum, but viewing the Mona Lisa with my own two eyes would earn me a huge check mark on my bucket list. The museum was super crowded that afternoon...so it was HOT in there. Almost unbearable. But I was determined. We got a bit lost (that place is humongo), but after wading our way through crowds of tourists (which was the big sign that Mona was near), we found her. She was surrounded by hoards of people with their iPhones out swaying in the air. D and I looked at each other with tired eyes. How in the world were we going to get close enough to snap a photo ourselves? I almost gave up, but then I saw a hole forming in the sea of sweaty tourists, so I made a beeline and got myself in just as the wave of people engulfed me. D was no where to be found...so I just kept pushing my way through until FINALLY I was front and center with her. I snapped my photo, then turned and saw that D was behind me!! I said, "Quick, get me in the photo, too!" And then I got my picture taken with Leonardo's most iconic and mysterious painting. Check! 

After that feat of tourism, we were pooped. We whirled around the museum to finish seeing a few of the other pieces we couldn't miss and then said to heck with it. Running around Paris had finally gotten the best of us. So, we started making our way back to the hotel to rest and freshen up before dinner. Although...we did make one last little romantic stop along the way. Stay tuned to see what it was!

17 comments:

  1. Glad you found her! That title had me worried that you might not have.

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  2. I was surprised at how small the Mona Lisa actually is!

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  3. you've left me completely craving a trip to Paris again, I've opened up the eurostar website and am hunting for £60 returns already! Did you try to count the squares on the pyramid a la da vinci code? I remember trying for ages before giving up haha.

    x

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  4. That would stress me out pushing through all those people, when I visited back in 2005 they had ropes set up and people would stand in a line and be able to one by one take a picture!

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  5. that was my goal too! i think i took my picture in almost the same exact spot you did! i just can't get over how big the lourve is!

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  6. I actually prefer the painting opposite of La Jaconde. It depicts the first miracle, when Jesus turned water into wine at a wedding. It's so full of color and life!

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  7. The Louvre wasn't too croweded the day we went but the crowd around the Mona Lisa was ridiculous. We didn't even try to get close. You're way more determined than me.

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  8. I am so incredibly jealous, I have always wanted to visit the Louvre.

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  9. Reading this brought back memories! It's amazing just how many people they can squish in front of one tiny painting... It's worth it though, she's magnificent!

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  10. I loved the Louve. I didn't realise how small the Mona Lisa really is and I think we stayed in there for hours until our eyes hurt. I cannot wait to go back.


    Bonnie Rose | A Compass Rose

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  11. I LOVE museums. Going to the Lourve would be the ultimate. :) I've heard it's quite crowded all the time though...that's no fun! Your photos are fantastic!

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    Amanda| Living in Another Language

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  13. You and Mona. Too much beauty for one room! Weren't you surprised by how small it was? I loved seeing Mona, but I think I'd rather see that childhood photo of yours again. Ha (;

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  15. The Louvre was one of my favorite places in Paris, I wound up going back several times since only certain sections are open on certain days. I was really really surprised that you're allowed to take photos with flash since you're not in a lot of places. I'm glad you got to see Mona!

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  16. When you hear and read about the Mona Lisa painting all of your life and then finally have a chance to see it in real my first thought was "She's kind of small".
    Can't wait for my next trip to Paris...

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