Posted on January 7th, 2016
After the 3 hour queue at Versaille I was having nothing of the sort for my trip to the Louvre. Being the first Sunday of the month entry is free to everyone and so I knew I would need to arrive early to beat the crowds. My plan worked because within 10 minutes I was inside! Armed with my audio guide and map I began my quest towards the greatest artworks. Because I was so early I didn’t have to share the Mona Lisa with many people and so had a view right in front.
I also saw the Winged Victory of Samothrace:
Aphrodite or Venus de Milo:
The Seated Scribe:
Thankfully I wasn’t in this long queue! Coming early was definitely the best decision I could’ve made.
Napoleon III Apartments:
I had a very methodical approach, covering all the main works on each floor of a wing before moving on to the next wing. The audio guide was always a really good investment (3 euro thanks to my trusty student visa) as I think it really enriched my experience. After 3 hours I could definitely say that I had done the Louvre justice! So chuffed.
Next I hopped on the metro to Notre-Dame. It was bleak and rainy but I managed to get a few pictures and explore the surrounding area.
I had a crepe for lunch and bought a few souvenirs.
I then found this love locked bridge along the Seine. It was wonderful to see it because I hadn’t yet seen one. I tried to find the Latin Quarter but couldn’t see anything worth looking at and also concluded that it being a Sunday it wasn’t likely that there would be much activity.
All in all I think it was a very successful day!
This was my last sight-seeing day in Paris as the next day I left to the family’s home town: Annemasse.
(totally forgot about this post as things have been really crazy since arriving in Annemasse. I’ve started working, going to language school and really just trying to settle into a routine. It’s difficult when nothing is familiar and it has definitely been overwhelming. But I feel like I’m starting to settle now and there are less teary “I miss home and everything that is normal!” moments.)