One of the things I did today was update my list of Paris "things to do" and "things I've done" -- which will help me prioritize the time I have left. Twelve more days! And I have more than twelve more things on my to-do list! Oh, the wonderful challenges of the Parisian traveler...
So... to recount yesterday's adventures!
Eliza and I were going to meet at 6pm at the north end of the Jardin du Palais Royale -- which itself is on the north end of the vast complex of buildings that make up the Louvre. Our plan was to go to a little Japanese udon shop that a friend of hers had introduced her to on a previous trip to Paris, then take advantage of the fact that the Louvre has evening hours on Wednesday and Friday nights -- staying open until 9:30pm.
I took off a couple hours early, though I guessed it to be a half hour's walk, at most. I wanted to give myself time to window shop and get lost and ask directions and find my way again and then sit in the garden and people watch for a while. And lo and behold... I had time to do all of those things!
|A statue of Moliere I ran into while I was lost. They have these things just sitting around here in Paris!|
|The fountain in the Jardin des Palais Royale. It is the perfect temperature for putting your feet in on a nice warm afternoon.|
|Statue, flowers and benches in the garden.|
|My beef and rice bowl (with an egg on top), and a beer.|
|Eliza's cool udon noodle dish.|
|Eliza checks the map, as we try to find our way to the Louvre.|
We grabbed a map, and decided on your basic "Mona Lisa first, then top-down" strategy. It felt like there was more art there than you could see in a lifetime -- and at any given moment, they are only displaying a small fraction of all they own. We grabbed a map, and started our search for Mona.
Despite there being a whole bunch of signs, it took us a bit to find her. I just can't explain how vast the place is. Five floors, and each with room after room of art.
|I liked this gal much better. Winged Victory of Samothrace! She dates from the 2nd Century BC.|
|An El Greco, I do believe.|
|Magnificent ceilings. This used to be a palace, and it looks like it! Eliza said it's nothing compared to the ceilings at the Palace of Versailles...|
|Venus de Milo. Very pretty!|
|A doorway in the Louvre.|
|A sphinx guards the Egyptian antiquities.|
|The medieval portions of the Louvre are still visible down on the lowest floor. Again, one thing was built on another.|
|Ellen at the Louvre!|
|It was a dark and stormy night over the Louvre.|
|Eliza and the crazy Medieval painting. Very handy to have a medievalist with you when touring the Medieval portion of the Louvre!|
|A pretty Netherlandish angel.|
|Upstairs; downstairs. Going up the escalator after our time at the Louvre.|
|Home at the flat with the cats. Don't be fooled. They are not as innocent as they look!|
Must sleep now. Tomorrow, I have to pick from my list which wonderful new thing to go and see. And, perhaps, to use Google Translate to figure out the French word for "Dayquil..."