On the previous episode, I have taken you all to the Palais Garner which makes us feel stunned and astonished with such an exquisite place.
Traveling to Europe during this summer time, there would be a bright blue sky with us all day long, thus, we will continue heading to next destination.
Now that we are in France, therefore, we should not miss out to visit the most popular place for tourists. Hence, our trip leader takes us straightly to that place to see by our own eyes so that we could show all our friends at home that we are once visiting here already.
Just take a little walk along the street, then we would see the large courtyard which is a location of the Musée du Louvre right in front of you.
The vision that appears in front of us is pretty familiar as it could be seen on the magazine pages, websites or travel documentaries. It is a glass pyramid that stands distinctively in the middle of the courtyard which in fact is used as the main entrance of the museum.
Musée du Louvre or the Grand Louvre as an official name is one of world's most famous, oldest and largest art museums. The museum was opened to the public since 1793 which the original building used to be a royal palace.
Currently, it is the place for exhibition and preserve the valuable art works from worldwide that have more than 35,000 pieces from prehistoric times to the 19th century. Including the significant painting like "Mona Lisa" which is the work piece of Leo Nardo da vinci and the marble sculpture of "Venus de Milo" which in each year there are millions of visitors come to visit and witness these masterpieces.
The museum is the most visited museum in the world and is also the place that visitors come to visit the most in Paris as well.
The glass pyramid was designed by I. M. Pei, Chinese - American architect and its construction was completed during the year 1988. Moreover, it is one of the projects that was initiated by President Francois Mitterrand.
Furthermore, visitors must enter through the underground lobby which is located under the base of this pyramid.
Musée du Louvre became well-known and people would like to visit more because the museum was used as a place to film for the famous DaVinci Code novel written by Dan Brown. The museum was funded for filming area of 2.5 millions US Dollars and in the year 2008, The French Government has supported the budget of 180 millions dollars in total out of 350 millions dollars of the required budget. Apart from these, the funding budget has come from donations and admission fees.
We did not schedule our trip plan to visit inside Louvre museum because to visit this place you do need approximately 3 days at least to wander around inside the museum.
As you could see from the pictures I have taken which all the surrounding buildings are the gallery to show all the arts which there are hundred thousands pieces of them altogether. Therefore, if you would like to fully enjoy the arts you should have at least 3 days or more to appreciate them. I think if you rush to see all of them in one day, it would not be quite pleasant. Moreover, it would be more like racing or doing walk rally activities to find a work of DaVinci only.
Well, for the low budget tour like us, just only able to walk at the wide courtyard and watch the atmosphere of people lining up to go inside the museum like this, it's quite enough to make us feel satisfied already.
From Louvre museum, we cross a street to another side to one of the "lungs" of Paris. This place is called the Tuileries Garden or Jardin des Tuileries in French.
And just across the street, you will find the "Small Arc" or "Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel", a memorial which was built in an honor of the soldiers who fought during the Napoleonic wars. Moreover, it was built in the same time as the Arc de Triomphe of France but was finished the building before.
If looking up, you would see the exquisite patterns that was delicately created at the place.
This green space is considered as an authentic French-style garden that was built according to the command of Queen Catherine de Medic. The park once was a part of the western side of the city, however, now is a largest park of Paris which covers 2,500 acres along the Siene River located between the Louvre museum and Place de la Concorde as part of the Tuileries Palace Garden in the year 1564.
Moreover, it was designed by by the chief gardener of King Louis the 14th which was beautifully decorated with stone, sculptures, statues, fountains and ponds.
This park was opened to the public in 1667 and at last turned into a public park after the French Revolution.
It is a most popular green area that all the Parisian like to sit and relax, meet and spend holidays together.
It is pity that today weather is not so good, there are rain sprays all day.
The weather which seems to be particularly cold, feels like more freezing just like the compressor
air-conditioning of Paris is malfunctioned. Our trip members who at first want to picnic in the pleasant weather like the Parisian seem to unable to stand the cold weather, therefore, we will better do some exercise by walking along the alleys to hide ourselves in the corner of the building instead.