We were able to see it yesterday (along with thousands of other people)! The Mona Lisa. It’s much smaller than you might imagine, it’s only 77cm x 53cm. We had a private tour guide and were able to skip the long lines to get into The Louvre. If you ever come to Paris, it’s well worth the extra Euro to do this. Our guide was saying that either the Mona Lisa was with child (which is why she’s holding her belly) or else she was a prostitute (because she doesn’t have one hand touching her hair). Surprisingly, it took Leonardo da Vinci ten years to complete The Mona Lisa because he never thought it was quite done. If you’d like to see a photo of The Mona Lisa, please check me out on Instagram @maurabeaudreault. The tour ended around 12PM and we had the entire day in Paris to spend. So, we decided to head to the Bastille region, thinking that there was an actual building there of The Bastille, however it’s just a region, so a tall beer was in order after walking the long distance.
Then, off to Victor Hugo’s house, about a 1/4 mile away. It was absolutely beautiful and we learned quite a bit about the French poet, novelist, and dramatist.
Finally, we decided to walk the length to Pont Marie for a romantic river cruise down The Seine, but not before Jim got us incredibly lost and we almost missed it. A half hour cruise and we arrive at The Eiffel Tower. We thought it was a return cruise, so we ended up taking the metro back up to Etienne Marcel. A beautiful section of Paris where the locals eat and side alleys where you can grab a nice glass of wine. We decided to eat inside since the weather was looming and it was a good idea. Ten minutes later, the skies opened up and it was a beautifully delightful Parisian rainstorm. So, we drank our Sancerre and Bordeaux and waited out the rain.
All in all, we walked a total of 12 miles yesterday, I think a record for us on vacation.
A wonderful vacation and highly recommended to those back home. It’s probably the best vacation we’ve ever been on and can’t wait to come back. We could easily find ourselves being Parisians, eating dinner at 10PM and sleeping late on a Saturday. But, our dogs are calling us back home and we’re excited to see them. Au revoir!