from Henry’s view
On first full day in Paris, we went to the Louvre. It poured during the walk there, so we were extra glad to make it into the glass pyramid entrance. The lines were much shorter than I had expected, we were in in less than half an hour. I think the rain and the fact that it was early were both in our favor.
The Mona Lisa
We decided to see the Mona Lisa (lower picture) first. The path there was, as you might expect, very well labeled. Though there were more people in the museum later on, the room with the Mona Lisa was definitely the most crowded. The one thing I have to say about it is that it definitely doesn’t deserve its fame. I was told that the painting across from the Mona Lisa, the Wedding Feast at Cana (upper picture), is better, which I agree with. Mom says, and I think she’s partly true, that a lot of what I like about is its size. It is enormous, taking up most of a wall. The nice things about largeness in a painting are that: a) the largeness is awesome, and b) there is a lot going on, so you can keep looking at it without getting bored, because there is always something else that you haven’t noticed yet.
We then went back to the pyramid for lunch, seeing what we passed, mostly more paintings, as we went. There were many other good paintings; many that I thought were better than the Mona Lisa, but the Wedding Feast at Cana remained the largest we’d seen. In terms of statues, we saw the Venus de Milo, also not that amazing compared to others, and also an awesome gallery of statues which were made of a substance that couldn’t be rubbed at, and were therefore touchable. Unfortunately, we got to the Egyptian part—with real sarcophagi and easily readable slabs of rock with hieroglyphs — around lunch so we ended up hurrying through and didn’t see all that we might have.