Our second day in Paris started early. I purchased my ticket to The Louvre online before I left and had it delivered to me here in Ontario, but since my mother didn’t have a ticket we still had to wait in line. Thankfully, we got to the museum early and the line moved fairly quickly. I decided on coming to The Louvre on Wednesday because it is open until 9:45pm and the ticket allows you to come and go throughout that day. So, knowing that I would only be spending one day at The Louvre, I decided to make it count.
We successfully located the subway station in our neighbourhood and navigated our way to the Rue de Rivoli. This is where I rave about the Paris Metro – honestly, I have never been so impressed with public transportation in my life. All the stations we visited (and there were many) were clean, organized, well signed. I really think you have to try to get lost on the Paris metro. I thought New York had things figured out, but Paris takes the cake. Oh, and for all you Toronto readers who have always thought the TTC is brutal, the more I travel the more I realise how true this is. The one thing that I am glad I noticed before we had to exit a train on our own is that the subway car doors do not open on their own, one has to physically lift a lever to exit. Those French and their tricky, tricky doors.
Once we got to the museum, I wandered around and took pictures of the palace and pyramid while my mother waited in line.
We got had a quick breakfast of croissants (finally!) and cappuccino and then got right to marvelling at the sights. There are few people who would not only agree to spending 12 hours in a museum but actually look forward to it, and I am glad my mother is one of them.
I saw a relief done by one of my kinsmen.
We marvelled at the statues.
Stood in awe at the opulence of the Royal apartments.
Stared at portraits.
And rolled our eyes at the crowds in front of the Mona Lisa.
We even managed to get out of the museum for a little fresh air.
We stayed until close, took the metro home and grabbed a take away pizza which was devoured in an embarrassingly short time back at our apartment.