Feb 16, 2008

Paris—La Joconde

How sad is it to have to look at a famous painting from so far away and be disturbed every 5 seconds by the boomeranging reflections of camera flashes off the thick glass that protects Mona Lisa from such harmful disturbances? The Louvre "en nocturne" is a pretty sweet time to visit the museum. I thought it wouldn't be too crowded because it was on a Friday evening... I was wrong. Little did I know that Friday evenings are free to people under 26 (it makes sense why they all looked so young around me) and that those youngsters actually represent 40% of the museum visitors. Right across the room from Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece, we had our personal guide tell us all about "The Wedding at Cana" by Veronese, the biggest painting in the museum. Keep an eye out for the monk who doesn't belong in the painting, the one who asked to be added to the scene after the painting was finished. Once spotted, he sticks out like a sore thumb.

I love the red/turquoise color combination in "Le Sacre de Napoleon" by David, the 2nd biggest painting of the Louvre. These are the hues that are often found in parisian plush interiors. And in pastries too (i.e: raspberry-lychee macaron from Pierre Herme, pistachio-cherry tart from Le pain de Sucre, etc.)!

for a private or groupe tour (chateau de Versailles, chateau de Fontainebleau, Paris museums and more) in french, english or spanish, contact Marie-Christine at: christine@mchtours.com

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