Last Day in Paris
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I then headed back to the apartment as the Louvre was my next destination but as it was lunchtime I knew it would be crazy busy so I thought best to go and pack my bags now and see the Louvre later on. I ended up heading over there at about 5pm, we were told by our bike tour guide of a quicker entrance point and it was super quick - no line straight to a machine to buy my ticket and I was done. I only got a museum pass and decided to just do a quick whip around just to check it out, had no idea what or who's work I was looking at just tried to find stuff I liked
The Egyptian stuff was pretty cool but would rather see that in a museum in Egypt. The countless paintings were a little boring and all kind of looked the same to me. Some were a little different, really like one that was a painting of heaps of other paintings - like a frame within a frame. The Mona Lisa was the Mona Lisa. It looked no different to the stuff in the souvenir shops and I was told that isn't even THE Mona Lisa, the original is locked away somewhere which makes sense because it was supposed to be no flash photography and even though 6 men were standing around the painting none them were even watching the people or saying no flash.
The apartments of Napoleon III were really cool, kind of what I was expecting to see at the palace and there were hardly any people there. The Salon room was pretty amazing. I also really enjoyed the graphics artwork. Not sure who the artist was but some of the prints were huge and it was all done with a black pen in little tiny squares and lines, have no idea how they could have produced something like that.
After 2.5 hours I was done, tired, hot and coughing like crazy so i headed for the exit
My final thoughts on Paris is that it's a great and beautiful city with very nice people. Wouldn't hesitate for a second to come back here or anywhere else in France, in fact it's a mission to see more. The only things I wasn't keen on was the smoking and the dogs, get rid of those two and its the best city in the world.