In Paris, another famous landmark other than Eiffel Tower that pops into people's minds is definitely Musée du Louvre.
The famous palace turned museum has become even more popular among tourists after the novel and movie, The Da Vinci Code. We certainly would not pass on this, either. Musée du Louvre is open at night every Wednesday and Friday from 6pm to 10pm, ticket price 6 euros. After careful evaluation, we've decided to have a night at museum!
Speaking of "The Da Vinci Code", we, inevitably, followed to footsteps of others to admire the painting "Mona Lisa". However profanatory it might sound, but the experience of seeing "Mona Lisa" was just not fun at all to me. Mr. T and I even had the "Eh?!" moment. "Mona Lisa" itself is not a large scale painting. Due to its reputation and value, Musée du Louvre has no choice but protect it more cautiously than other collections. Thus, "Mona Lisa" is the only painting guarded by bullet proof glass; furthermore, in front of the painting, there is a line prohibiting anyone getting closer than intended, making it only possible for all viewers to see the painting about 1 meter away. With all tourists who simply gathered and refused to leave their spots, the distant to "Mona Lisa" is approximately 2 meters. The bullet proof glass also works against it in a way that it reflects the lights atop almost at every angle. Therefore, I really didn't get any pleasure out of seeing "Mona Lisa" in person.
Thus, we quickly moved onto other collections. Among all other paintings, one of those impressed us is this "Liberty Leading the People" by Eugène Delacroix, because it is the album cover of Coldplay's "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends"...
This painting is the painter's illustration of the French Revolution, and the female figure is the personification of liberty.
Prior to our trip the Musée du Louvre, Mr. T had mentioned the painting that struck him the most on his very first visit to the museum more than 10 years ago was this "The Raft of the Medusa" by Théodore Géricault:
The powerful painting is about the scene before the survivors of the French navy frigate, Medusa, were rescued. The starving, bony people trying out loud waving flag and clothes to an afar ship hoping for rescue and the grey-ish dying bodies are in depth illustration of the tragic event.
Other than paintings, Musée du Louvre also holds a large collection of sculptures and antiques, among which "Venus di Milo" is considered one of the most important ones:
The collections herein are so vast and overwhelming that one could never see and absorb everything within a short visit. One other thing that one should not overlook is to admire the building architecture itself!
The ceiling decoration,
Even the view into the courtyard from the palace,
Some friends of mine mentioned, after they saw this photo, that in the movie "The Da Vinci Code", there was a scene like this looking into the central courtyard, but i haven't had the chance to see the movie yet... :D
In Musée du Louvre, I made a fool of myself...
I guess I was so carried away by The Da Vinci Code that I mistakenly believed that we would be seeing both "Mona Lisa" AND "The Last Supper". I even asked the staff where I could see "The Last Supper".
The two beautiful ladies just giggled and said "In Italy".... =___=
I was soooo embarrassed.....