France, Paris Guide (B): Adventures in Paris Part 2

Adventures in Paris Part 2
Our second day in Paris was action packed! We hopped the metro to our first stop, the Louvre, once a medieval fortress, now the world’s largest museum. We were told the lines would be long to enter, and that we could be here all day, so we arrived early and we hit the highlights, because we had several highlights in Paris to see today, and we were going to be hard pressed to see all of them.

Once again, we were lucky, and we ended up in the line that forms from inside the mall, and it was only three minutes long! After we bought the tickets, we joined the masses and headed toward the Mona Lisa which is mounted on a wall behind glass. I had always heard how small it was, and it was actually larger than I expected, though I’m not sure what all the fuss is about…she didn’t smile at me! Along with the Mona Lisa, we admired a variety of sculptures including Aphrodite, Phsche and Cupid, Captive, and Saint Mary Magdalene. We also simply enjoyed the architecture and design of the Louvre, both inside and out, as well as old and new. We followed the escalator out through the famous pyramid and posed for a few photos before we moved on to our next stop, Sainte-Chapelle.

The Sainte-Chapelle, built between 1242 and 1248, is a gem of high gothic architecture and consists of two sanctuaries, one on top of the other. Originally, only the king and his close friends and family were allowed in the upper sanctuary which housed famous relics while palace staff worshipped in the ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Adventures in Paris Part 2
Guide Location: France » Paris
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: The Louvre   Sainte-Chapelle   Berthillon   Notre-Dame   Arc de Triomphe   Café Burq   Moulin Rouge  
Author: Elizabeth Bankhead
Read it on author's website: http://adventuresofacouchsurfer.com/2013/10/03/parlez-vous-francais-an-adventure-in-paris-part-2/

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