A Stroll Through the Streets of Paris - Part 2 / 徒步巴黎之二
Musee du Louvre
Continuing on from the last part of my Parisian trip, we arrived at the world famous Musee du Louvre. Being quite a well-known attraction, the instantly recognisable glass pyramid structure brought back pleasing memories from my last visit here.
What a magnificent and unique sight!
The Louvre needs almost no introduction at all. It is home to the famous and extraordinary Mona Lisa painting, the Venus de Milo, Winged Victory of Samothrace, Michelangelo’s slaves, Vermeer’s Lacemaker and some of the greatest and most fascinating finds from the historical worlds of long ago.
Today, The Louvre is one of the world’s largest museums that holds 70,000 pieces of art spread across more than 650,000 square feet of gallery space. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that it is also the most visited museum with approx 8.8 million annual visitors. This and the Eiffel Tower are undoubtedly the most popular attractions in all of Paris.
The Louvre exterior is made almost entirely out of glass and metal designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei, as well as having three smaller pyramids adjacent to it in the main courtyard. The large pyramid also serves as the entrance to the actual Louvre Museum itself.
I would recommend taking a short while to admire the architectural excellence that went into it's design. It really is such a visually impressive showpiece and equally enormous in size too!
Because I had paid a visit to this wonderful venue several times before and being on a strict time limited already, I decided to just observe it's beauty from the outside and continue on. But I remember the inside of the museum only too well and it is absolutely huge. Even using their detailed map as your guide, it's a place you can easily get lost in, lol. It is said that it will take around 100 days to view every single piece of art! There are so many astonishingly beautiful things to see. You either just wonder aimlessly taking in the ingeniously creative explosion of artwork or you will simply have to select and focus on a specific main area of interest.
In a place like this, time will always be of the essence!
The sheer amount of variety on offer is incredible however I personally loved the Egyptian and Ancient Greek areas in particular. An amazing place with unbelievable artwork! One of the best I have been to... If not the best.
This is one of the "must see" tourist locations in Paris. In fact, that almost goes without saying.
Allure of The Streets of Paris
As you may have figured out by now, one of my favourite things to do is taking carefree strolls around the city and discovering the astonishing amounts of diversity and freedom big-city life in Paris has to offer.
Walking the chic, distinctive streets of Paris, is like no other place I can think of. Most neighbourhoods have been designed with a "pedestrian's view" in mind, given all the city's dizzying variety and fascinating landscape.
It's something I never seem to get bored of and so much fun. The trademark French retail outlets, plentiful designer shops, gorgeous attractions and amazing restaurants. If a burning desire of yours happens to be shopping, then this placce could be easily classified a "fashion haven". You are almost "guaranteed" to get hold of the latest and most up-to-date merchandise and accessories from the very best designer stores.
Though I have to be honest here. Sometimes instead of checking out the usual famous streets of Paris, I often feel more inclined to discover what secrets are tucked away in the backstreets and hidden passageways of more "local" Paris. Those narrow roads and alleyways can be more appealing as they hold secrets that you and you alone have to uncover for yourself. It shows me more of what actual life is like.
It all depends on your mood at the time but that's the magic of this beautiful and spellbinding place. :)
The Power of the Spray Can
The "culture of Parisian art" seems to be everywhere you turn. I spotted so many different varieties and forms on my exploratory "hardforked" adventure to this new part of the city. It could be anything from a "Roman" style fountain to artistic contemporary designed buildings. It is like getting lost within the pages of a fascinating lost world. Here are just a few examples of what you may come across on your "random" Paris walk.
One interesting thing you are sure to see many times over are the decorative graffiti artworks dotted around. Being considered as somewhat of an anti-social pass-time, one cannot ignore the talent that went into those wonderful creations. It appears many of the works on display incorporate the existing cityscape's "unique stylization" as part of it's inspiration.
Continuing to stroll along these quiet streets, you will find it really opens your eyes to the amazing skills of those artistic individuals and what they can achieve with nothing more than an empty wall and spray paint can, lol.
Also keep an look out for certain lamp posts and traffic light poles. Often, you will find miniaturized and humorous artworks there.
Further ahead in an open square, close to Centre Pompidou, you will find a large collection of original creations from various artists. The photograph below was taken of a wall located on Rue Brisemiche. I have no idea how these artists managed to reach that high up, but it certainly creates quite a bold statement to whomever lays eyes on it!
I studied this extraordinary drawing from up close as well as from a distance. Simply incredible.
I hear the artworks are sometimes given an "update" by their corresponding graffiti artists from time to time. In order to keep the images fresh and interesting. As part of the Paris culture that represents freedom of expression, street arts are something not to be missed while you are visiting Paris.
Departure of Paris
Thank you for joining me on this little adventure through the enchanting and colourful city. A little piece of my heart has been left behind here for when I return once more. Though I have a sneaking suspicion that shouldn't be too long... :)
It was but a short two-day visit of Paris of the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed to the max. Bye bye Paris, until next time!