After sleeping in and finally getting time zones synchronized, Kongo walked over to the Louvre this morning. You can't really describe the Louvre. Hundreds of volumes have been written about it and how you have to plan your days and stake out what you want to see and be clever about navigating your way through the various wings and levels. Kongo is now convinced none of that really matters because you're going to be so overwhelmed that you just stand around gaping at everything you see. It's too much! Quickly realizing he wasn't going to see everything he wanted to see and with Mrs. Kongo chirping about where the shopping might be and were there any malls nearby, Kongo struck out for a few of the must see spots. Keep reading to see what he found.
The Winged Victory of Samothrace. From the second century BCE. Discovered in 1863.
Some Italian girl with an enigmatic smile.
The crowds pressing around the Mona Lisa. The actual painting is behind glass. It take about 10 minutes to work you way up to the front to get close enough for a picture.
Venus de Milo.
This old gal needs a hand…
A visiting artist copies one of the masters. The detail was incredible. Kongo wished he could paint something other than a wall.
This old guy was a quiet as a sphinx.
The Code of Hammurabi, from 1770 BCE. Everything from how much to pay ox drivers to how to get a divorce in ancient Babylon.
Ancient Sumerian statue.
Egyptians impersonating aliens.
Some of Kongo’s old (very old) friends from Egypt.
Of course you would never visit Paris without visiting the Louvre. Kongo wished he could have spent a week here. Maybe next time. The only real advice worth giving is to get your tickets in advance and skip the long, long lines. There were about 500 people in line when Kongo arrived but he walked right in with his Paris Museum Pass. It’s easy to get lost in the Louvre. There are plenty of helpful guides everywhere. Just ask, but say “Bonjour!” first then switch to English as in, “Where the heck is Hammurabi?”
Travel safe. Have fun. Grab some culture.