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Visit the Louvre
After the 3 hour queue at Versaille I was having nothing of the sort for my trip to the Louvre. Being the first Sunday of the month entry is free to everyone and so I knew I would need to arrive early to beat the crowds. My plan worked because within 10 minutes I was inside! Armed with my audio guide and map I began my quest towards the greatest artworks. Because I was so early I didn’t have to share the Mona Lisa with many people and so had a view right in front.
I also saw the Winged Victory of Samothrace:
Aphrodite or Venus de Milo:
The Seated Scribe:
Thankfully I wasn’t in this long queue! Coming early was definitely the best decision I could’ve made.
Napoleon III Apartments:
I had a very methodical approach, covering all the main works on each floor of a wing before moving on to the next wing. The audio guide was always a really good investment (3 euro thanks to my trusty student visa) as I think it really enriched my experience. After 3 hours I could definitely say that I had done the Louvre justice! So chuffed.
Next I hopped on the metro to Notre-Dame. It was bleak and rainy but I managed to get a few pictures and explore the surrounding area.
I had a crepe for lunch and bought a few souvenirs.
I then found this love locked bridge along the Seine. It was wonderful to see it because I hadn’t yet seen one. I tried to find the Latin Quarter but couldn’t see anything worth looking at and also concluded that it being a Sunday it wasn’t likely that there would be much activity.
All in all I think it was a very successful day!
This was my last sight-seeing day in Paris as the next day I left to the family’s home town: Annemasse.
(totally forgot about this post as things have been really crazy since arriving in Annemasse. I’ve started working, going to language school and really just trying to settle into a routine. It’s difficult when nothing is familiar and it has definitely been overwhelming. But I feel like I’m starting to settle now and there are less teary “I miss home and everything that is normal!” moments.)
If you’re visiting more of France on your trip why not check out my French regional guides:
A winter skiing trip to Tignes