We started the day with a short, 10 minute walk from our hotel to Le Louvre with the mixture of the new “pyramid” architecture and the old palace in the background.
Le Louvre was extremely busy when we were there, but it certainly didn’t feel as crowded as we were yesterday as we toured Versailles. Of course there were large crowds gathering around the popular attractions like the statue of Venus de Milo. We listened to our podcasts as Rick Steves gave us some background on this magnificient sculpture. As we toured some of the other scuptures in the Denon and Sully wings it was amazing to think that someone took a piece of marble and chipped away the rough edges to reveal such a work of art.
Of course no visit to Le Louvre would be complete without seeing the Mona Lisa. Although, as Jessica noted, with so many wonderful paintings around the Mona Lisa, why is this painting so special. It would appear that any number of paintings in this incredible collection could be viewed as a masterpiece.
There really are many many wonderful paintings in Le Louvre and some of them cover entire walls.
After Le Louvre, we headed to the Left bank of the Seine and made our way down Rue Saint Germaine to the Latin Quarter. This was an excellent opportunity to do some shopping and also sit in a small cafe for lunch and some serious people watching. We had great success on both accounts and ran into a woman from New York who was also Italian, so we offered a second opinion on the clothes she was trying on she gave us some suggestions for shopping in Florence and Rome. We made our way back to our hotel with further shopping along Rue de Rivoli and a pleasant dinner at an outside table at one of what seems like thousands of small restaurants near our hotel.