(拖了這麼久,我終於要繼續把我的巴黎寫完了...可喜可賀!)

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說到巴黎,除了艾菲爾鐵塔,另一個最知名的地標,大概就是羅浮宮了。

In Paris, another famous landmark other than Eiffel Tower that pops into people's minds is definitely Musée du Louvre.

原本就極負盛名的羅浮宮,在《達文西密碼》小說、電影出爐後,更成為許多人在巴黎必定朝聖的地點,我們當然不能免俗地造訪了羅浮宮博物館。羅浮宮在每週三及週五有夜間開放時間,自晚間六點到十點,票價為六歐元。Sunny和麻煩先生在衡量之後,決定就來個博物館夜!

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!

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既然說到《達文西密碼》,當然我們也一定跟著眾人去朝聖一下「蒙娜麗莎的微笑」囉!雖然這樣說來好像有點不敬,但我不得不說,觀賞「蒙娜麗莎的微笑」一點都不有趣,甚至讓我們有種「咦!??!」的感覺。蒙娜麗莎畫作本身不大幅,但盛名之下,羅浮宮自然對這幅畫作了層層保護,也因此蒙娜麗莎是整個博物館中,唯一用防彈玻璃阻隔的畫作,除此之外,畫前還圍了線,任何人都不得越線觀賞,因此最最靠近蒙娜麗莎的距離大概是一公尺,若是再加上眾多站在畫前就不離開了的觀光客,這距離大概有兩公尺...防彈玻璃之下,幾乎任何一個角度都會看到玻璃反射的光影,坦白說,觀賞蒙娜麗莎沒啥樂趣...

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.

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因此我們很快轉向其他展品,羅浮宮的展品中,除了蒙娜麗莎之外,我和麻煩先生印象最深刻的畫作之一,大概就是這幅德拉克洛瓦的「自由領導人民」吧!因為這是酷玩樂團的專輯封面...

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"...

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這幅畫表述的是法國大革命的景象,而女子則是自由的化身。

This painting is the painter's illustration of the French Revolution, and the female figure is the personification of liberty.

在我們造訪羅浮宮之前,麻煩先生就提過,十幾年前他初次造訪羅浮宮時,印象最深刻的是這幅傑利科的「梅杜莎之筏」:

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:

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這幅意識強烈的畫作描繪的是法國海軍戰艦梅杜莎沉沒後,生還者獲救前的景象。飢餓而形銷骨立的人們,用力吶喊搖晃旗幟、衣物,期望遠方的船隻可以看見他們的存在,而求取一絲生還的可能性,生命即將消逝的灰白形體,都是海難後的深刻描繪。

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. 

除了畫作外,羅浮宮也有諸多重要的雕像館藏,其中之一便是「斷臂維納斯」:

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:

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羅浮宮館藏之多,直叫人有種眼花撩亂看不盡收藏的感覺,但別忘了趁此機會也好好欣賞一下這個舊日皇宮。

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!

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天花板裝飾

The ceiling decoration,

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甚至是從窗戶往外眺望的景象,

Even the view into the courtyard from the palace,

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Sunny有好幾個朋友看到這張照片時,提到《達文西密碼》中就有一幕是從這樣的角度看中間的廣場。不過其實我沒看過這部電影啦...

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

最後提一下我在羅浮宮的糗事。

不知道是不是受《達文西密碼》影響太深,我們去羅浮宮時,竟然滿腦子想著可以看「蒙娜麗莎的微笑」「最後晚餐」,而且Sunny還很糗地跑去問工作人員「最後晚餐」在那裡....

只見那兩位漂亮的小姐嘻嘻笑著說「在義大利唷...」

嗚嗚嗚...糗死了啦!!!!!希望大家不要跟我一樣犯這種傻傻的錯...

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.....

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