Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Paris free and easy : Louvre Museum & Notre Dame Cathedral

If you are going anywhere that you think there will be a lots of people. Try to go as early as possible. By right, you can take a train there. I walked from Republique train station to there as my friend lost track of where we are going and by the time we realise where we are, we are almost there.
The correct way is take the metro to  Palais-Royal–Musée du Louvre station

Everyone was doing this pose!!

Please follow the instructions

FAmous famous sculpture

Poor thing. Everyone had been touching her big toe

 Mona Lisa is quite a small photo. But the crowd is enormous. some Squeezing and pushing expected.

The museum is actually a beautiful place. Sometimes the paintings are just above you.
To cover the whole place in the shortest possible time but still need to stop and take a look here and there, I think around 3-4 hours is needed. For people who want to look at everything in details, some people say a day is not enough. The place is quite big and we were a bit lost at times.
Some people say the museum Orsay is not interesting but I have not been there due to time constraints.
Louvre has a very long queue. So it will be good to actually buy the tickets in advance if you are sure when you are going or go very early. 
I remember reading somewhere there is another entrance near the river which few people know about. Can try goggling about it.
Yes, and they have night openings on Wednesday and Friday. I saw some of the night shots, looks so beautiful. Too bad, I was only in PAris for a few days so I did not manage to catch the night view of LOuvre.

We visited Notre Dame CAtheral quite early too because we heard about the swarms of tourists that will pop up at late morning and afternoon.
Afternoon is a bit warm during summer to stay outdoors so we leave the shopping or pop back to our apartment for a afternoon nap.

It is a beautiful cathedral. OUr guide from sandeman tours told us about its history so we were just exploring the place. The cathedral only needs around half an hour to an hour unless you are going up the tower.
We decide against going up the tower because at that timing, there were be a lot of people and our trip in Paris was only a few days so we did not have time to spare.

As we did not explore the tower, we circled the cathedral for a 360 degree view of the architecture. It was worth it because we found a small little park at the back of the cathedral which have beautiful flowers.

Instructions on how to get there.
Ligne 4 Station Cité or Saint-Michel 
Ligne 1, 11 Station Hôtel de Ville 
Ligne 10 Station Maubert-Mutualité or Cluny – La Sorbonne 
Lignes 7, 11 et 14 Station Châtelet
Ligne B Station Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame 
Ligne C Station Saint-Michel - Notre-Dame

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