October 9th, 2013


The Louvre and the Tuileries - Sept 20

On Tuesday morning we went to the Louvre. The first parts were built in the 12th century as a fortress. It was extended multiple times and became the Royal Palace until Louis XIV decided to move to Versailles and then it became a place to exhibit the Royal collection. Now it is a colossal museum (35,000 objects in 652K sq feet) according to the Wikipedia. We went to see just a fraction of the exhibits before we were about to be museumed out. The famous IM Pei pyramid entrance to me is an interesting example of a piece of modern architecture grafted onto an ancient building that looks quite weird but makes a pretty fascinating entrance when you are inside it. And then there is the Mona Lisa which you can't really see because of the crowds.

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After lunch we went to the nearby Tuileries, a magnificent garden with lots of people (and birds) enjoying it - among other things sailing little boats and playing boules (a frequent sight). There was an exhibit of some woodwork including a hotel for bees.

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Some Paris shops that we passed by

I always enjoy looking in shop and gallery windows and as I pass them in foreign countries. There were lots of them in our neighborhood - selling some pretty weird stuff. Look at the phone cases or those shirts. What I didn't see as we did in Florence when we were there (returning in the spring) were highly priced (>200 Euros) distressed jeans. But there were plenty of expensive clothes and various unpriced items which were surely high.

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