Friday, 21 February 2014

Day One in Paris, Déception Musée du Louvre

This is part one of the story of our trip to Paris, the start of which was nearly disrupted by the tube strike that thankfully got cancelled at the last minute. I still created our own battle to get to the early Eurostar train from St Pancras though by forgetting to tap in my Oyster card and then getting off to correct it and getting back on a wrong train. Still managed to get there in time and whilst posing in front of the Eurostar train which I had been waiting a long time to have a go on, a man in a smart uniform approached us and asked if we wanted him to take a picture of both of us. We agreed and then afterwards he got into the drivers seat, if we knew he was the one taking us there I would of got him to pose with us.

Once arriving and dropping our stuff off where we were staying we went traveled by Metro to the Louvre museum. Nice glass pyramid out the front and was impressive in its architecture but not so much the content inside.

I'm not turned off by a bit of art which will be proved on a later post by how impressed I was by another museum we went to, the Louvre though was just full of historical religious paintings.You could quite easily get in free by flashing an old ticket or a bit of white card with a black strip on it as no one properly checked them. Its the most visited museum in the world probably because of the Mona Lisa which if you ask me is not even very good, and the Venus di Milo which didn't do much to distract me from my cheese and onion sandwich....

After the museum we walked up the Champs Elysees which is the Regent Street of Paris but with the Arc de Triomphe at the end instead of Leicester Square. Its a long walk from the Museum when its cold so recommend getting the metro halfway to miss the gap between Jardin des Tuieries which are the gardens outside the Louvre and the Champs Elysees itself. 

Only a short half day but much more was to come......

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