Day 4: Braving the crowd in front of Mona Lisa; Liking “The Origin of the World”

(September 14, 2016, Wednesday) It’s been said that France takes art seriously. After spending a day visiting some of the museums in Paris, I can personally say that it’s true.

Musee de l’Orangerie
passMy sister bought two-day museum passes here. It’s cheaper and more convenient to have it because you don’t have to buy a pass each time you enter a museum.

It’s impossible to miss the Water Lilies series of paintings by Claude Monet:

Musee d’Orsay
statue-of-libertyI wasn’t really surprised when I saw a Statue of Liberty in this museum. After all, the Statue of Liberty (the one in New York City) was a gift of France to the United States.

But I have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised when I saw a painting called “The Origin of the World” by Gustave Courbet.

L'Origine du monde or The Origin of the World. This is self-explanatory
L’Origine du monde or
The Origin of the World. This is self-explanatory

Musee Rodin
There are many sculptures here, but what really caught my attention was Auguste Rodin’s Le Penseur, or The Thinker. It’s hard not to notice such an iconic sculpture.

The Thinker
The Thinker

Hôtel des Invalides
This wasn’t really part of the itinerary but we saw it on the way to the Louvre. Isn’t the dome magnificent?

dome

I bought a 0-euro souvenir banknote bearing the image of Napoleon Bonaparte, whose tomb is under that dome.

Napoleon's tomb
Napoleon’s tomb
Souvenir banknote
Souvenir banknote

Louvre
It was challenging to take a decent picture of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. ‘Nuff said:

crowd

The Venus de Milo sculpture is also in the Louvre.

venus-de-milo

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