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Paris 3/5: The Louvre

July 22, 2015
Is it acceptable to do a Paris recap when the actual Paris trip happened more than 3 months ago? Oops! How in the world did that much time fly by already?! It occurred to me the other day that I still have three more Paris recaps to share in this space, and the truth is – when I think back on our time there it feels like a dream. I journaled so much while we were there (and yes, went against my own advice and took only a few hundred pictures) but it feels so nice to put myself back there, if only to recall the details to share with you all here. So here we go ๐Ÿ™‚

When Christian and I first attempted to visit the Louvre, we were turned away. We tried to be spontaneous, without calling beforehand and walking all the way from our hotel to the famous spot, only to realize they were closed for the day for a private event. It was pretty comical, especially considering how far we’d just worked our feet (and I mean, holy ouch). But even the outside of the Louvre is beautiful, as are the surrounding grounds, so we made an afternoon out of it anyway.

We came back early the next morning (this time, cabbing it there) and, you know, actually got to go inside ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

It wasn’t all seriousness on this excursion. Obviously things get pretty silly when I’m with my husband and I swear the material was endless in this place, but especially while looking at the statues… and talking for them.

For example: 

“Really, Bonnie? We’re wearing the exact same robe, now one of us has to change.”

“To the left, to the left. To the right, to the right. Now slide.”

“This is so unfair. I’m being ostracized because I still have my nose.”
“Dude, is your back totally killing you?” “Oh yeah, man. Totally killin’ me today.”

“And then I said, Why do you have that kind of car insurance?”

“I hereby declare, chocolate milk is the best in all the land!”

“I love macaroni so much, sometimes I put it in my hair.”
 “When I go hunting, I always remember to bring my baby and my umbrella.”

(There was a lot that was said for this one, haha).
Clearly everything inside was beautiful but the ceilings especially captured my heart. I can’t tell you the amount of times I tripped and just about fell on my face while walking through the museum… I could not stop looking up. 

And if it wasn’t the ceiling, it was the floor…

One incredible moment for me was when we rounded the corner and I saw the statue of Venus. This work of art literally took my breath away, it was one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen, missing arms and all ๐Ÿ˜‰

The other favorite of mine was the Winged Victory of Samothrace statue. So dramatic and the detail on the wings and the robe were so beautiful.

My door obsession didn’t stop on the streets of Paris or Italy, the Louvre had plenty for me to capture as well.

 
While walking through, I must have stopped at every window to look out and yes, take more pictures. I couldn’t help it though- it was the most surreal sight I’d ever seen and many times didn’t even look real. Doesn’t this look like a painting?!

I loved this one of both the statue and the Eiffel Tower. SO gorgeous!

One of X’s and my favorite parts of the Louvre was touring Napoleon’s pad. This exhibit was absolutely extravagant and I’m telling you, this dude Napoleon certainly had quite the “taste” in gold and red and MORE gold. During one moment of us walking through, Christian said, “Say what you will about Napoleon, but that guy was a stone cold pimp.” Of course this was said in front of everyone else walking through the exhibit with us and my face turned about as red as those walls as I peed my pants laughing, along with many others. 

 

Another hilarious moment in the Napoleon tour was when Christian, without looking, went up to an older lady and started romantically rubbing her shoulder… thinking it was me. I watched this happen in what felt like slow motion as I quickly said, “I’m right here, babe! I’m over here!” while the poor woman slowly backed away from him, totally wigged out. I laughed SO hard as Christian ran over to me saying, “I totally thought that was you!!” …. Let me say for the record that while this woman did have light hair, it was also GRAY because she was OLD(er). I told him, “Next time maybe mistake me for a hot chick, okay?” ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was only once we got home and started looking through our photos that we realized “she” had been captured in one of our shots. 
Doppelgรคnger? You be the judge.

 

 

I about fell over when I saw this floral stitching detail on the walls in one of Napoleon’s rooms. Why don’t they make wallpaper like this anymore?! WANT!

How sweet are these teacups?!

And last but not least, who could forget the Mona Lisa?! The lines to get up as close as possible were insanely long but I weaseled my way through everyone up there and got my shot ๐Ÿ™‚

That guy over Christian’s shoulder is doing his best impression of Mona but needs a little less frown. Take note from Tyra and work on your smize, buddy.

Our day at the Louvre was definitely one of my favorite parts of our Paris trip, it was absolutely dreamy. Have you been to the Louvre? What was your favorite part?

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  • This is the most entertaining recap of The Louvre I've ever read! Thanks for making my Wednesday afternoon ๐Ÿ™‚ The pictures certainly inspired me to put Paris, especially The Louvre is on my travel bucket list. It looks spectacular! **heart eye emoji**

  • Such a beautiful and fun post. It's been years since I've been to Paris and I'm so needing to go back! PS – love those comments about the statues, exactly something my husband and I would have done.

  • Lol. Okay NO. That woman looks nothing like you! Hilarious though. At least he didn't squeeze her bum!

    The Louvre's statue garden is one of my favorite places in the world. Despite how busy the museum can get, the statue garden always seems to peaceful to me. I love it there. I could literally sit in there for hours. :o)

    V

  • sounds and looks beautiful! i just walked around the outside when i went ๐Ÿ™‚ maybe next timeโ€ฆ can't wait to hopefully go back! the commentary with the statues was my fav. so funny.

  • Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. I LOOOOOVE French courtyards. The buildings in that country are amazing but the gardens of every. single. palace. are so majestic! (I think half of my obsession ties in with my love for Alice in Wonderland… haha.) I love Winged Victory- I think it's a beautiful statue in just the right place (in the museum). I'm glad you got to go inside!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I only got to see the inside of the Louvre (timing thing too) and while it was gorgeous (seriously!) I would love to go inside!

  • Gorgeous! The "talking" statues had me cracking up! And so true about Napoleon and the red and gold….

  • Jae

    Totally OK, Em! Look at meโ€”I'm still trying to clear my backlog from months ago! Anyway, I've been seeing a lot of entries from Paris lately, and it's making me hopeful that Roan and I get to go someday! #LifeGoals

  • There are many words to describe my feelings towards this lost: jealousy, awe, love, enamored, amused…let list goes on and on.

  • I tell you this often but you guys kill me. You're a riot. Looks like Paris is every bit as amazing as I think it would be!

  • It's ALWAYS acceptable to do a Paris recap! ๐Ÿ™‚ I want to go to there!

  • Okay I died over Christian's pimp comment and the fact that he rubbed that other lady's shoulder hahaha! I went to a movie with my parents once and my dad went to the bathroom. When he came back we saw him walk past our row and sit down. My mom has a very unique laugh, so he heard her and realized he went to the wrong row…but not before grabbing the knee of the woman next to him and having her politely say she thought he was in the wrong seat. Haha.

  • Such a great recap! I love your photo with the Mona Lisa!

  • ha! So glad!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Samantha!

  • I hope you get to go back soon, Sheryl! We are definitely hoping to get back there one of these days – such a beautiful place!

  • haha!! Yes thank you! X kept trying to tell me it's because we looked alike… um, no. And YES to the garden – we sat out there for quite awhile (also to rest our feet) ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Oh yes! Definitely go in if you can next time. Regardless – I hope your return trip is sooner than later! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I was in awe of all the gardens- you're right- every single palace, as well as most of the buildings there, had the most beautiful flowers and gardens!

  • aw!! Okay, hopefully next time you go, Nina! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • The parisians most likely would have been appalled at our "talking statues" bit but it was too hard not to go there ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • YES!!! You guys MUST go at some point in your lives – the most romantic place, Jae!

  • hahah ๐Ÿ˜‰ XO

  • Oh it WAS! I'm still trying to come up with a way to teleport you there, Anne, so you don't have to fly. One of these days! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • ha! I think so too! (I hope you get there someday, Ash!)

  • hahaha!!!! Oh that is hysterical! It's one of those stories that will be told forever and ever I think ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Thank you, Trish! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oh my gosh! While we were in the Met in New York, I told my boyfriend "doesn't this make you want to go to Paris?!" I haven't stopped thinking about it ever since. So this post only fueled the fire!! We need to make this a must-go!! P.S. Your "me/not me" photo had me doing the literal LOL.

  • Yes!!! I know you would love Paris, Taylor.

  • I haven't been back to Paris in 10 years but this post makes me want to be there like yesterday. Seriously, the Louvre is Heaven on earth. I just got lost in your pictures! Then cracked up at the last one ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Now I really want to go to Paris.

  • Your pictures are fantastic!! I didn't get a great shot of the Mona Lisa and I didn't see much in the Louvre unfortunately – my travel partner was a bit of a party pooper – but the statue of Victory was my favorite. Absolutely breathtaking.
    Hilarious story of X rubbing the stranger lol – I love that she's immortalized in your photo there!
    While I was looking at the Napoleon interiors I couldn't help thinking 'so this is where Trump gets his taste!' Guess he's also a stone cold pimp lol. #allthegold

  • I really hope we're able to go back someday in the near future – I still dream of walking the streets of Paris! The best!

  • hahaha!!! Totally Trump!! Yes, it's like whoa whoa WHOA now. Hilarious. #allthegold