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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Day 4: Paris (Part 1)

Musee du Louvre
I had read about the super long queue in Louvre. But this morning, everything was so smooth, there was no queue at all and we straight away entered one of the paintings hall. First of all, we followed the sign to see the famous Monalisa. It was very easy to find her even though the museum was huge. We saw a lot of people crowding at one spot, so that should be it. The painting was very small, I just took a glance, hmm.. interesting ;) In the other side of the room we could see The Last Supper, also by Leonardo da Vinci and looked more impressive than Monalisa.

The other famous collections that we saw were the Hamurabbi code and The Winged Victory of Samothrace. Louvre has a huge collection of arts, so many that it will take months to finish viewing everything. So after wandering around for two hours looking at things that I didn't know how to appreciate, I would say it was enough. :)

Hamurabbi code

The Winged Victory of Samothrace

Crown of Louis XV

Greek sculptures

Egyptian sculptures

Louvre hall

Louvre with pyramid entrance

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (opposite Louvre)

Jardin du Tuileries
From Louvre, we walked straight past the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. We kept walking until we reached Tuileries Garden.

Place Vendome
This is where the famous Hotel Ritz and the expensive jewellery shops are located.

Opera Garnier
The story of Phantom of the Opera was inspired by this opera house.

Les Galeries Lafayette
One of the largest department store in Paris.

Madeleine Church

Place de la Concorde & Obelisque de Luxor

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