Monday, April 23, 2012

The Louvre...avec tout le monde!

Everyone in Paris was at the Louvre with us today, well, at least that's how it felt....and half of them were in the Mona Lisa room...

"she's so small!"  
The good news is that we were all inside while it rained and rained outside (I think this is why all of Paris was in the museum today).

We made it to the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory and saw lots of fabulous Roman and Greek statues as well as other da Vincis, renaissance art, and the french crown jewels.  
Louis XV's crown

I never knew that the Venus de Milo was made of two pieces of marble!  

And, yes Josie I really was photographing that greek statue's leg!
Then in our quest for a lunch cafe we stumbled across a special collection that included paintings by Monet, Cezanne, Renoir, Degas and other artists too modern for the Louvre!  What a treat.

Lunch in the cafe at the museum...the line...ooh la la!  We were famished and grumpy and thirsty, but the food was wonderful for a museum cafe.

After lunch we discovered that we could have found food much easier if we had just ventured out of the actual museum part...oh well.  Tired and hungry art nerds don't necessarily think clearly.

On to the Orangery...Monet's water lillies!

Debussy exhibit...the music and the art of the time of Debussy...

And, finally Guillame's collection...Cezanne! Gauguin, Monet, Degas, Renoir...Picasso, Klimt...




Open bus tour to Eiffel Tower...but sidetracked by coffee on the Champs Elysée...

Boat ride on the Seine

Dinner at Pizzaria just around the corner from our apartment.  Yum!

Brrr...rain.  Cold.  Il fait froid.  Il pleut.  Nous avons froids !  Oh yes, our apartment has a sauna !