Paris, Day 3

France 2011 555

The majority of my third day in Paris was spent at the Louvre. The Louvre is big. In fact, I think it rivals the Palace of Versaille in size, what with both originally being palaces. I hadn’t expected to see all of it, but was pleasantly surprised when I left and discovered I had gone through most of it.

As an added bonus I got in for free! The first Sunday of every month is free museum day, and what would you know, I was in Paris the first Sunday of March. Even though I’m not a huge museum person, I knew I had to go to the Louvre, and getting in free just made it even better!

At the time of my visit, these exhibitions were on:
Egyptian, Oriental, Greek, Etruscan and Roman Antiquites, Islamic, African, Asian, Oceanic and North and South American arts.

From the Louvre we went to a few other art galleries, including the Musee D’Orsay where I saw Monet’s Water Lilies (no pictures were allowed).  But my favourite part of the Musee D’Orsay was the very plentiful seating provided in the middle of the first floor of the gallery. When half the group decided we had seen enough (myself included) we were able to hang out together in the gallery while waiting for our friends to finish.

That took up most of the day, but instead of returning to our hostel in Montmartre, we  took a walk along the Seine to the Statue of Liberty, and hung around in order to see the sights light up at night.

Side note: Gustave Eiffel, the man who designed the Eiffel tower, also built and transported the Statue of Liberty. As such, Paris also has a small statue of liberty.

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