Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Paris Re-visited (Part II)



After what seems to have been a 3 month blog hiatus, I can happily say that with a slightly updated blog and a brand new post, I am back. Hooray! *insert claps*

With holiday season in full flow, what better way to welcome us all back to LVwears than with part deux of my trip to Paris.(If you missed Part I or would just quite like to read it again, click here).

It's funny because I've found myself saying that I don't have enough time in the day to get things done, but in actual fact, it's pretty impressive how much one can actually do in a day; and my days spent in Paris proved exactly that. This is precisely why I love visiting new places; the desire to see as many sites as possible but still maintaining that sense of relaxation. And interestingly, since writing part 1, my summer plans have hugely picked up, including a trip to Prague in 3 weeks, which I genuinely cannot wait to explore!! Of course, this will mean a couple of posts about that trip, so keep your eyes peeled! 

Day 2 of Paris was yet another fun filled hectic day. With an early start and a warm pain au chocolat in our hands we headed straight to the infamous Louvre.

After an extremely long queue on what happened to be another sweltering day, we entered the glass prism, picked up our map and headed straight for the Richelieu Wing to be welcomed by a sunlit indoor courtyard with French sculptures neatly positioned for a remarkable presentation.


Lion au serpent.
Four Captives (also known as Four Defeated Nations).
Hercule combattant Achéloüs métamorphosé en serpent.
Twinning in black and white.
My Top: ASOS
                    Shorts: Missguided
                        Backpack: New Look
           Sisters' Top: Topshop            
          Shorts: ASOS
           Bag: Mulberry

With a beautiful gold stairwell leading us to the next exhibition, we entered the Napoleon III apartments. Room after room flowed from deep reds to cobalt blues all precisely yet exaggeratedly finished in gold; they were rooms perfectly designed for royalty and definitely fit for an emperor.





As expected, the astonishing architectural designs of the building did not disappoint as we entered the Sully Wing, we passed painting after painting until we reached a sudden empty open space with a single sculpture sitting at the far end of the room. The perfect combination of a simplistic room set for a simple yet powerful sculpture of The Winged Victory of Samothrace.


The Winged Victory of Samothrace.

This powerful sculpture acted as the supporting act to one of the most famous paintings in the world, Leonardo DaVinci's - Mona Lisa. Her popularity of course had attracted large groups of tourists, all pressed firmly against the barrier to capture the best picture of her (or for many, with her). After a couple of minutes patiently waiting, we made our way to the front to find the infamous painting sitting right in front us behind a glass panel, much smaller than I originally imagined her to be, yet confirming the brilliance of what I knew she would be.

Mona Lisa.

We completed our time at Le Louvre in the final Denon Wing, visiting Greek antiquities including the statue of Aphrodite and more sculptures which featured work by Michelangelo. The museum was a wonderful place to spend our morning and a must visit site in Paris for all visitors.

Venus de Milo.
The Dying Slave - Michelangelo.

After a spot of lunch, we strolled along the bank of the River Seine, passing the Pont des Arts and soaking in the sun until we arrived at Notre Dame. The queue was ridiculously long to enter, so unfortunately we gave it a miss and decided to take a calming boat trip back up the river to the Tour Eiffel instead.

The Lock Bridge on Pont des Arts. Couples or loved ones lock in padlocks on to the bridge and throw the key into the river as a symbol of everlasting love. 



We settled by the Eiffel Tower with a crepe and pot of ice cream. Had a little siesta and to complete our evening, watch the sun set gorgeously behind the tower. As the sun went down, it was time for us to head up the 704 steps (yes we walked all the way!) and took the final lift to the highest accessible point of the tower to watch the city gradually light up though the darkness.




To complete our night and finish our trip on an amazing high, we descended the tower as it lit up and positioned ourselves just in time to see it beautifully sparkle as the clock hit midnight.



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After having two perfect days in Paris, we spent our last morning back in our favourite area of Montmatre. We purchased a couple of paintings from the artists we found on day 1 and visited a wonderful chocolate shop - Maison Georges Larnicol which had hundreds of different types of chocolate, rows upon rows of colourful macarons and to top it all off, Parisian sites made from chocolate on display among the shop.





So, did we enjoy ourselves? 
We left Paris with an extremely large smile on our face. 

Typical tourist.

Lydia X

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