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PARIS - The Louvre - 7th August

The former Palace of the Kings of France

Day one of being a tourist - we visited the Louvre - home of the Mona Lisa.

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They say you should pre-buy your tickets - they would be right. Of course we decided on the day to go as it was raining so a day inside would be good. Never accounted for the line-up which took 1 1/2 hrs to get in.

Stage 1- First Quadrangle.
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Stage 2 Second Quadrangle- after 1 hour.
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Spot the happy Aussie, getting close to the big entry.
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And then finally we were in. And of course,then you have to actually buy your ticket, then line up for the toilet, and line up to buy lunch, and pounce on a table when one comes available. Very happy to sit for a few minutes and have lunch.
Then off we went to explore the Louvre - it is so huge you could not hope to see it all, even if you were in there for a week.

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Of course the most popular painting is the Mona Lisa - also known as La Gioconda (for those followers who need a little education along the way)

The rat pack pushing and shoving, trying to get to the front for their very own photo.

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Finally it was my turn.

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The paintings and other artworks are truly amazing.

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The Wedding Feast at Cana, Veronese.

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The consecration of the Emperor Napoleon 1, by J.L. David

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Usain Bolt (minus the lycra) -

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Aphrodite, known as the "Venus de Milo"

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Captive - The Dying Slave, by Michelangelo.

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Psyche and Cupid, by A. Canova.

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Doing a "selfie"

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And that was enough inside for us today.

Louis XIV

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The magnificent Arc de Triomphe in daylight.

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And of course there is a Beer Station right near our hotel so Steve can have another one for Gavin.

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Posted by MKaye 12:56 Archived in France

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Wow, can't believe how busy it is! I don't remember it being like that when i was there! xx

by Seon Klintberg

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