Alyssa Mia Meets Mona Lisa
( Day 20 - 06.23.14 - The Louvre Museum )
After a little bit of rest from yesterday, we got the energy to devote a full day exploring the world’s most visited museum : The Louvre. At least, that’s what we thought until we actually entered the massive museum and saw that it had 4 enormous wings, all with at least 4 floors each! Just spinning around in the center of the entrance already made me dizzy, what with the crowd, and trying to decide where to begin. Of course, we decided to enter the Wing where the Mona Lisa is being kept so that we could avoid the bigger crowds that come in the afternoon.
On the way to the Mona Lisa, we saw the famous Venus de Milo, which wasn’t exquisite in my opinion, but still as thrilling to see due to its rich history. When we finally arrived to where the Mona Lisa was, we were welcomed by a bunch of people, all crowding and squeezing in to the center to get a brief glimpse of Da Vinci’s famous masterpiece. Now, I would never pretend to know a lot about any form of art, so what I’m about to say is strictly my opinion and not meant to offend anyone who thinks otherwise. The Mona Lisa — I’m sad to say — is frankly, OVERRATED. I don’t know how it became to be known as “the most perfect painting of a woman ever ” because it was very unimpressive to me. Maybe it is due to my untrained eye, and I probably just don’t have the acquired taste for the fine arts, but I have seen many other works of art in other museums — not to mention the numerous amounts of Museums we visited in Rome — that have left me breathless and in awe than the Mona Lisa. Never the less, I am so blessed and thankful to at least have had the chance to see it before my very eyes and check that off my bucketlist.
After taking plenty photographs, we explored the other wings of the louvre and were very surprised with just how many priceless artifacts and beautiful exhibits the famous museum have! ( I will make a separate post with some of the exhibits that stood out for us! ) even though James and I are not completely museum people, we found it very hard not to enjoy ourselves as we strolled from one wing to another. There were just so many things that are candy to the eyes; paintings and sculptures and frescoes so beautiful and intricate and conveyed so much of the artist’s vision. By the end of the day, both of our feet were shot once more, leaving us desperate for a cab to take us back to our hotel. It was definitely very rewarding to visit the Louvre, and I can see why it is the most visited museum in the world. I didn’t expect to have that much fun inside, but we were pleasantly surprised. The visit is easily one of the highlights of our visit to Paris, right below climbing the Eiffel Tower. And if you ever find yourself in Paris, make sure to devote a full day at the Louvre. It is impossible to experience the whole place in less than 4 hours at least, and that is if you only skim by everything.. But where’s the fun in that?
Tous les jours, je vis mon rêve.