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We woke to pretty crappy weather so we headed for the museums, first up the Louvre once French Monarchs Palace for nearly 8 centuries. Obviously it is huge (10,000 sqm, 350,000 works of art, 35,000 on display 8 departments) and there was no way we were going to have the time or the stamina to see it all, but we made a pretty good stab at it. We saw the Mona Lisa, a number of Da Vinci’s and Raphael’s, Venus de Milo, some excellent Egyptian artifacts …

Then it was over to the Musee D’Orsay previously a railway station for passengers travelling to south-west France. It is now a magnificent museum devoted to art from the 19th to the early 20th century. We grabbed some lunch and saw all the famous artists you can think of (and plenty you cant) Monet, Picasso, van gogh, Cezanne the list is very long.

Almost museumed out we headed towards centre Pompidou via the Pantheon which I didn’t even realise Paris had and its huge (about the same size I expected Rome’s to be), we had some dinner and then we ventured into the strange modern art museum – Centre Pompidou, a revolutionary building in itself. It houses the modern art museum as well as an impressive library and numerous temporary exhibitions. Interesting but definitely not our cup of tea. By this time we were completely museumed out and headed for home.


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