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 🙂
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 😉
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.
“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 😉
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?” 😉 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.
Doppelgänger? 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 🙂
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?