I can’t believe it’s been a whole year since our trip to Paris! Just looking through our photos I miss the city. In our time there, Paris truly won my heart. I though that since its been a year I would share some of my favorite images of the city. Perhaps it will inspire you to visit the city of lights.
The Louvre at night is a breathtaking sight.
Some of my favorite images from this entire trip come from inside the Notre Dame Cathedral. I’ve never experienced a more stunning place.
On our third day in Paris we went to the Louvre. On our way to the Louvre we stopped at one of Paris’s most famous tea salons: Angelina’s. This salon was a favorite of one of my fashion icons: Miss Coco Chanel. We stopped into the shop for her favorite breakfast of pain au chocolat (chocolate filled croissants) and chocolat chaud (hot chocolate). If you want the best hot chocolate in all of Paris and probably in the whole world you must visit Angelina’s.
After breakfast we continued in the the Louvre. This museum is the most famous and well visited in the world. It contains some of the world’s most famous works of art but one thing that blew me away was how beautiful the building was itself. I would get caught up looking at each individual painting that I would forget to look at the room the painting was in. Often the rooms had beautiful murals painted on the ceilings, it truly blew me away. My advice if you visit the louvre is make sure you look all around you because it is all a work of art.
I won’t bore you by writing the history of every piece of art that we saw but I do have a few specific things at the Louvre that I fell in love with. You can’t go to the Louvre without seeing its most famous resident: the Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa is a painting done by the italian painter Leonardo da Vinci. It was most likely painted between 1503 and 1506. It has become known as the most famous work of art of all time. I was very surprised at how small the painting was, especially compared to some of the other painting in the same room. It was fun watching everyone’s reaction to this famous painting. It was also very funny watching all the tourists with their selfie sticks trying to get the perfect shot to share with their friends and family. I was able to snag a great selfie with her!
My favorite work of art in the Louvre was a sculpture by Antonio Canova in 1793. The name of it is Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss. If you don’t know the story of Cupid and Psyche, I suggest you go read some greek mythology, it’s fascinating. The story goes that psyche had been warned by Venus to not open a jar she was given to collect a scrap of beauty from Proserpina for Venus. Psyche’s curiosity gets the best of her and she opens the jar and it kills her. The moment that is shown in this sculpture is cupid finds Psyche and strikes her with an arrow to awaken her. She wakes up and embraces Cupid. If you walk around the sculpture you can see little details on the back like the broken jar and Cupid’s arrow. It really is a phenomenal piece of work that depicts an amazing story.