Europe Trip: Paris Day 2
We slept in and woke up feeling quite good. Going downstairs and had our free breakfast.
We decided we would go to the Palace of Versailles. So we caught the Metro into one of the bigger stations and went to the ticket office only to be told it was closed because they were on strike!
We came in the back way and walked through the archways under the building, finally emerging in the giant courtyard with the glass pyramid. We sat in awe of this giant building and the amazing glass pyramid designed by the excellent American Chinese architect J.M. Pei. The number 666 which is the number of individual glass panels that make up the pyramid is considered a demonic number in the western culture; however, it actually means “great luck” in the Chinese culture.
The pyramid covers the entrance to and the foyer of the Louvre. The entry is through the doors and down into the vast cavern that is the entrance to the most famous art gallery on earth. It is a strange conflux of the old and the ultra modern. The ancient Palace of the Louvre has its modern glass pyramid, then in the foyer you know that you are about to see some ancient works of art from an era long gone, but to get in you need to purchase tickets from automatic ticket machines – the old and the new!
The palace itself must have been incredible – there are huge hallways and rooms with incredibly high ceilings and an amazing grand stairway leading from one level to the next. At the top of this stairway stands winged victory – the ancient headless statue from a forgotten civilization.
|Inside the Louvre|
We also wandered around some of the rooms and marveled at the incredibly ornate ceilings and delicate cornices and architecture with gilded statues, incredibly detailed frescoes and patterns. It is a truly magnificent building. We decided that we have to come back and visit again and spend at least a week strolling and admiring.
After the Louvre, we went back to our room to have a nap and get rested because that night we were going to the Moulin Rouge!
Before the show we had some dinner in a local Montmartre restaurant. It was a traditional French restaurant with typical French decor, very intimate and was very warm inside and full of people. There was a guy playing the piano and singing and a whole bunch of old German tourists got up and started dancing – it was very amusing.
We enjoyed the show and decided that we didn’t want to miss the 1 am curfew at the hostel, so we hopped in a cab and were back in our room in about 15 minutes.
Another sound night’s sleep overtook our weary bodies.
17/Admission to the Louvre
87/Moulin Rouge Tickets and a Bottle of Champagne
50/Dinner in a local restaurant opposite to Moulin Rouge
Young & Happy hostel (Latin Quarter)
80 rue Mouffetard 75005 Paris
phone :01 47 07 47 07