Sunday, December 5, 2010

I amore Paris (Part 2)

At the end of Paris part 1 I left you at the end of what was a very busy first day in Paris. On the second day we spent a good chunk of time in the Lourve, I again got in for a discounted price as I'm a UK citizen which still blows my mind. Following many travel books advice we mapped out the areas that we wanted to visit, we decided on all the Painting and hitting up the major sculptures. Through the France, Spain and last but not at all least Italy wings, being taken in the drifts of tourists towards the 'Tourist attraction" works like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo. I enjoyed that you could take photos in most places of the museum but felt like hitting whoever was holding a camera to their face when I saw a flash go off.
I was lucky enough to get into the Centre Pompidou for free which was a good change of pace after the Lourve with all its old greats to going there to seeing the contemporary artists and there were actually a lot more works there that I had studied being a Photography/ Fiber art major. I was even lucky enough to get into an exhibition for free that should have cost extra that was called Dreamlands in which i saw a bunch of my favorite photographers.
The third day we were in Paris we went to Versailles to check out the Chateau, which it seemed thousands of other tourists decided to do the same thing that day which kept us waiting in lines for around 3 hours to get tickets and being swept through the rooms as quickly as possible so as to avoid the group tours. The hall of mirrors was a little bit underwhelming but the palace as a whole was just a crazy sight, If that was made in this day and age it would simply be classified as tacky and over-the-top but with having frescos by some great artists and that amount of gold leaf in there left me amazed. The only thing I was left wondering about the place was how much had been restored, what was new and what was fake. There were a few places where we noticed that some thing for example that was meant to originally have been marble was just painted to look like marble.

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