Hunchbacked in the Louvre

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
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Trip End Apr 10, 2011


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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Thursday, July 8, 2010

The city of Paris was so very beautiful, with majestic white buildings and trees. The buildings above street level were so clean and elegant while the ground was dirty, littered and vomit streaked. Kind of like a nice beautiful snail shell with a slimy body underneath. Mmm escargot. That is Paris in a nut shell (or snail shell).
The folks in this town are much friendlier frenchies than we had experienced before, with even some French dude yelling "welcome to the city" at us as we drove by.

Jena has had such a wonderful time with her sister and they had a lot of fun catching up.

Notre Dame cathedral is a magnificent building, and we marveled at all the exquisite craftsmanship and artworks all over it, but the oceans of tourists really suffocated the experience and we were a little down hearted at the huge commercialism of it all.
It was nice to see the huge building with all the stunning history. But even with all the shops in there and the vending machines, there was no hunchback memorabilia. Dang.

We spent the remained of the day up until sunset in the Louvre. We hadn't realized it only held classic items. There are not modern artworks, ie. Monet, Picasso. They are somewhere else. Here you find Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Delacroix.
It would be rather relentless if we start explaining how important this experience was, but perhaps we can highlight some of the great experiences.
'Virgin of the rocks’ by Da Vinci: So epic, with no one even standing near it, everyone was busy harassing the Mona Lisa. Which in Joel’s opinion, in less impressive.
‘Liberty Leading the People’ by Eugene Delacroix: Perhaps one of the most precious symbols of the French revolution. And is just beautiful.
The classic sculpture collection was just amazing with some of the most regal pieces. The Venus De Milo was good, but perhaps some of the other figures were more stunning. Some of those pieces can put you into a trance and fill you with emotions that crash over you with a force.
Above the museum is the napoleon apartments which was once of those unexpected experiences that sends goosebumps all over your body. It is where Napoleon Bonapart used to live, and it is epic.

There is a lot to say more but it may have to come in a omnibus. In conclusion. The Louvre is one of the most important collections on earth and is a mandatory experience for the romantic heart. But aspiring artists be warned, you may become suicidal…

After a solid day of walking, it was lovely to dip our feet in the fountains outside the Louvre pyramid. Later on we dined in a nice French restaurant where Joel regrettably ordered the selection of frommages. One of the cheeses smelt and tasted like that dead mouse you found under your fridge. It was so offensive. There is nothing like finishing a beautiful meal with a cheese that tastes like it was aged in a morgue.

The day after saw us reclining in the Louvre gardens and park for just about the entire day! The whole place is full of gorgeous statues and free seats by which you can move around at will. It is so very hot, but we all had a nice time in the shade of the trees talking bollocks.
On a whim Jena, Joel, Jasmin, and Loren decide to ride the slingshot in a small amusement park. It was hilarious. We were able to get a video of ourselves from a camera mounted on the cage. The footage kept us all literally stitched with laughter that whole evening as we watched it over and over again and in slow motion. Classic.
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