So, after I went to Pere Lachaise, I decided to take the Metro to Notre Dame. I walked by Hotel de Ville on the way and ate a couple of chocolates that I bought at a cute little shop close by. The chocolate really is outstanding here, especially of the handmade variety. There are so many chocolate shops around, how is it that everyone here isn’t obese? The bread, the pastries, the chocolate. Definitely not Atkins diet friendly! Notre Dame was amazing, of course, but I was kind of chomping at the bit to get to The Louvre. Ah, The Louvre. I think it just might be the biggest freaking museum I’ve ever been in! Incredible collections, but pretty overwhelming. I was there for over 2 hours, and all I got through were The Italian Renaissance and French medieval paintings. Oh, and that little painting every one’s always talking about, The Mona Lisa. Yes, she’s beautiful. Yes, she’s a masterpiece. But frankly, I just don’t get what all the fuss is about. Is she really that mysterious? Is there really something behind that smile? Who the heck knows! All I know is I was more impressed with many other works in the museum that I didn’t have to fight though a crowd to see.
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Hotel de Ville
Strangely, this was one of my favourite paintings. The use of light is absolutely incredible. It’s by a Spanish artist whose name I now can’t remember. Stunning.
***My friend Emily gave me the info about this piece. It’s called Deposition, and its by De Ribera. *** Thanks Emily!
The beauty of this one was almost too much for my heart to bear.