Trip Start Dec 26, 2005
289Trip End Jan 25, 2009
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These French keyboards are awful. Much worse than the Chinese. Getting around on the underground is awful as it takes so long. Each trip is taking up to an hour. I'm completely undecided as to whether I like Paris or London more... the French have been OK but the language barrier is making communication difficult
I spent over 6 hours at the Louvre today which proved not long enough as I only got to see about 60% of the collection... totally missed out on the top floor and adjacent rooms including the Asian and Australasian collections. Museum evacuations and lock outs didn't help matters much. I was in the actual room when a fire broke out but it was only small so nothing to rave about... just attracted a lot of attention. I don't think it justified a whole evacuation. The museum is huge and definitely rates as the best museum I've been to. If you only ever go to one museum in your life, this one is it.
The collection was massive and included Arts of Islam; Sculptures; Egyptian Antiquities; Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquities; History of the Louvre; the Medieval Louvre (a huge castle at the base of the museum); Oriental Antiquities; Paintings including the very famous Leonardo De Vinci's Mona Lisa); and prints and drawings. I especially loved the mosaics on display and have taken photos with the view to doing my own small round table. Next time I will spend at least 10 hours at the museum for there is so much to see and learn.