Saturday, August 02, 2008

September 19 2007 - Paris Guided (I)

Today is the 2nd day of our stay in Paris. Yesterday was our own free and easy runaround Paris. Today, we will join a guided tour by Paul around the city...

It's almost the end of our Europe Tour, and everyone is tired.. even after 1 whole night's sleep in the hotel, the moment we get onto the bus, this happens...

Continue to sleep

Cath no need to say la, she sleep everywhere 1

But there's 2 hyperactives who need no sleep at all

Let's show u some Euros..

Front view

Back view

River Seine, on our way to our 1st destination

So.. our 1st destination, is Notre Dame de Paris, 1 of the 1st Gothic cathedrals in the world... I didn't watch that Disney's cartoon The Hunchback of Notre Dame, but I think that Notre Dame refers to this cathedral as well...

I don't really know much about this cathedral, think I'll just leave u with photos...


And the model of the cathedral, made of wood..


From Notre Dame, we head to the Louvre Museum...

Some of the tour members had obviously read or heard of The Da Vinci Code, so they made their way outside to take photos with the Louvre Pyramid.

Not the 10 of us, we came for the pyramid yesterday, so today will be totally museum..

Just beneath the Louvre Pyramid, is this amazing structure..

La Pyramide Inversee

Take note of the photo, just beneath this inversed pyramid, there's actually another small pyramid, and according to Dan Brown, this small pyramid is actually the tip of a really huge underground pyramid, supposingly home of the Holy Grail @ Mary Magdalene's sarcophagus..

Well, I'm a Buddhist, and look at the crowds, no way for me to kneel before this small pyramid eh?

Famous sculpture

I'm sorry, I'm really not sure what this headless sculpture is, but there's really many many many many many people surrounding this sculpture, so I think its really really really really famous... just that I'm not really well read in all these European artifacts...

Famous painting

Now this one, I definitely know!! Who doesn't??!! The Mona Lisa, arguably the most well known and celebrated painting of Leonardo da Vinci...

Actually it was quite a disappointment, because we can't really get close to the painting..

It was put behind a glass compartment

And there's a fenced perimeter around it, so the photo is sort of what we get to see with our naked eye... and... the crowd surrounding this painting... 1 word: INSANE!

Actually, the crowd in the whole museum is insane... I mean, imagine the morning market, where u have to shove and push around to move, it's basically the same situation here, just that the vege and poultry and fish are replaced with fine arts from masters around the world...

They say, u can spend the whole week in the museum and not be able to cover all the artifacts, if u wanna look seriously...

For most of us here, well, we pretty much know nothing of the art works, so even if we saw something that is very famous, we won't know what it is.. and the crowds really make it very difficult to take photos...

Here, this looks like a famous painting too

But no idea what painting this is...

We spent more than 1 hour shoving around, looking at art pieces after art pieces without knowing what they are...

Well, we saw the Mona Lisa so... pretty much mission accomplished for us anyway, since the only art work that we know is that...

That's our Louvre Museum tour... pretty crappy I know, but... can't really help it can I?

5 comments:

Johnny Ong said...

wat a contrast between where u are right now and my place in sudan

Falcon said...

yea..Paris..OMG...keep thepics coming

RealGunners said...

johnny: LAST YEAR, not now, see the date on the titles plz -.-

falcon: coming :D

Simon Ho said...

i thought you can't photograph in the Louvre. hmm. maybe i'm wrong.

RealGunners said...

hahaha, from what i saw, everyone is snapping like crazy.. so many visitors, even if they wanna ban, also dun hav enough personnel to enforce la :D