Another special day in Paris… a Valentine’s day 😉
I was there in Autumn… The panaroma is attractive enough to watch and the weather is really fresh. However, since Paris old town is like a huge flat circle, the wind never leaves this place alone. So, one suggestion is for you; do not forget to wear your hat and trenchcoat to enjoy this place.
Take the metro to directly Jardin des Tuilieres and start to spend your day like a Parisienne. A huge ground with walking, running and cycling areas meets you at first sight. When you are in the middle of this place although there are runners, readers and others within modern clothes, keep your head up, open your arms and feel the atmosphere like you are not in the middle of 21th century… It will be easy to feel the spirit by surrounded with gardens, pavilions, grand places, ferris wheel, fountains and monuments. Most typical activity here is to take a coffee from famous French coffee chain PAUL after running around and read your book just near the pool by laying down on your chaise longue (which is sezlong in Turkish for my Turkish friends:)
After enjoying Jardin des Tuilieries at morning hours, our route was Louvre, Le Marais, Notre Dame de Paris, Jardin Du Luxembourg and Montparnasse…Again most famous and iconic places to see and remember again and again…
Masterpieces of Louvre
Louvre is an important example of combining the modern architecture with hundreds years old history.
Few words from Louvre own website; “Heir to the century of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, the Louvre was quickly accepted as the “museum among museums;” and since then it has remained a model and a recognized authority.”
To be honest, I am not brave enough to tell you about Louvre…I may need to search and write a thesis statement before deeply telling you 🙂 So I am afraid of telling something wrong…
Please start your journey by browsing Musée Du Louvre.
If you are an art and history addict, one day or two is never enough to discover Louvre. However, just for a touristic visit, it is better take a guided tour, book from the internet to skip the crowd and learn about famous monuments fast. We are now talking about a place with 2,000 staff working around from administration to service..
The history of this place from 1190 to 2000s is worth to read. It was the first palace of French monarchy and it was the place where monarchy directed the revolution and the building, its around is just like an evidence to bring renaissance dynamics in front of us. Now, it is a grande museum covering many visitors from all around world after Versailles was decided to be French’s new governance palace.
You need to be strong well enough to walk this huge place from one corner to another:) Keeping your eyes at least 2 minutes not only to each unique creation but also to beautiful walls and floors by standing on your feet makes you really tired and the time passes coldheartedly.
All the way we walked down while we were listening ‘L’Histoire du Louvre’, was taking us to this sleeping beauty. ‘Sleeping Hermaphroditus’ is as natural as possible and you are afraid of awaking this beauty with your footsteps… she is like leaning up slowly and says ‘shhhh…be quiet please..’
It was sculpted by the Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1620. It has many other copies in different forms. As Wikipedia says, “It represents a subject that was much repeated in Hellenistic times and in ancient Rome. The form is derived from Venus and other female nudes.”
The Grande Gallery
How cute is this 🙂 French kids are learning about art, historymuseum collections and having an exam right over there.
Another famous monument is the Marriage at Cana. Just as a visitor, at first sight what I thought about that huge painting was how it is possible to tell about many things and stories together by painting? In the foreground, a group of musicians sits playing late Renaissance instruments. Tradition holds that the artist painted himself in this area, dressed in a white tunic and holding a viola da gamba. Other people thought to be portrayed in the painting are famous governors of that period: Eleanor of Austria, Francis I of France, Mary I of England, Suleiman the Magnificent, Vittoria Colonna, Cardinal Pole and Sokollu Mehmet Pasa.
When you were walking through Marais streets, probably a common idea makes you curious about why those houses and streets are soo closer to each other..Suddenly, you feel at somewhere different than Paris huge boulevards…
Do you know the fear of Napoleon? Napoleon was afraid of being murdered and he always wanted to threaten criminals about how hard to escape in Paris streets..
That’s why, grande, serial, similar houses and the streets seemed as without no end were constructed. The aim is to prevent escapers run too much before grabbed 😉 So,The rest of Paris was razed by Napoleon and Haussman who wanted to build huge avenues and gigantic squares such as the Place Concorde.
who also believes that I spent nearly 3 hours at this store ? A store where you can design your own accessories (necklace, earring or bracelet, key chain..) by combining many beads and glass together..are you looking for a place to buy some gifts? Then, why don’t you make them by yourself..a handmade gift should be priceless, isn’t it 🙂
We tired enough to eat something and you also tired of reading:) I trust this picture so much, it will make you desire to taste one of the perfect éclair in Paris at this fantastic place au petit versailles du marais