Discrimination against Chinese is clearly felt in Europe. Breakfast is not very good, little variety, not appetizing. Also different from other hotel guests. I envy others who have yogurt and fruit.
Today, I took a new bus with a new driver, and legendary Louvre is once again target. When you get out of car, in row of dark houses ahead you can’t see where magic is, and you can go through a narrow arched door (there is one not far from this door, and next to it there are traffic lights to door so that people and cars can freely enter and exit), it unfolds in front of you a large square surrounded by a ring of palaces, and far to left is famous pyramid, which was designed by Chinese-American designer I.M. Pei and is made of glass and metal.
Check information here: Napoleon's Court. Xiao Zhang excitedly told me that this is location of Wonder Woman and one who escaped from this rooftop. I watched a movie with him, but I forgot to go to country of Java, and in order not to dampen his interest, I dealt with him with ah-ha. There were only ten minutes left to take pictures. Because of film, Xiao Zhang apparently collaborated a lot and took a few shots. However, since courtyard is open to traffic, pyramids and palaces are a bit far away, so we can only watch from afar.
Assembly time is up, team returns to glass door on side of entrance, enters, and two guards speak in sequence in Chinese: bag is open... this is to check bag, go down stairs Go down, follow flow of people, go through shops on both sides and gather under inverted glass pyramid that is one of three entrances to Louvre. Looking up through glass of pyramid, you can see corner of palace.
The Louvre is a luxurious palace with rich collections, a famous art treasure, crowds of visitors can be described as shoulder to shoulder. Of course, a tour team like ours has a fixed itinerary and is considered to have visited several representative exhibition halls. The whole team was divided into two groups, each led by a Chinese woman. Not far from entrance, first thing that catches your eye is a sculpture on wall. It is a young girl feeding an old man. Isn't this a famous painting? I thought to myself, I feel like I'm suddenly getting taller because this starting point isn't actually low. The palace is spinning and spinning here, either going up stairs or going down stairs, it is amazing to watch flowers on horseback. I can only choose impressive ones.
In beginning, all sculptures, male and female, in different forms were visited, but without exception, all showed suitable and striking forms. It is said that first hall we visited was royal drawing room. After entering door, looking back, we see a small raised balcony above lintel, where accompanist used to stay. The hall is spacious and high, surrounded by small sculptures of various gestures, in center is ancient Greek goddess of harvest Demeter, who takes an arrow in her backpack backwards with her right hand, and holds a ram's horn with her upper limbs. in his left hand.
The guide then tells us about work of Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini, one of greatest Italian sculptors of 17th century. The "sleeping Hermaphrodite" in ancient Greek mythology is god of yin and yang, who lies prone on a mattress and has both a female breast and a male genitalia. The technique of this statue is really great, skin visible to naked eye is delicate and smooth, and mattress is made of hard marble, similar to our sofa, soft and elastic.
At top, in middle of two wide staircases, is first treasure I saw in Louvre, "Statue of Goddess of Victory in Samothrace." It was found on island of Mothraki and smashed to pieces when it was discovered. The current chest and right wing are compared and repaired using modern computer technology. Without a head and hands, he stands on prow of a warship against wind. The pose of whole body and folds of clothes all reflect fine craftsmanship of the woodcarving. There are so many tourists here that we can say that it is crowded here.
The second treasure is Venus with a Broken Arm, surrounded by a fence. This statue is familiar to everyone, but seeing a real person is still quite exciting. It's too hard to take pictures here without people.
Then visit paintings, and various names come out of tour guide's mouth that seem to have been heard. The figure with most figures in these large and small paintings is Mother of God, with various postures, but should have a kind face and soft eyes. The coronation ceremony of Napoleon and Josephine and wedding banquet of Cana, which is so large that it occupies a wall, are full of spectators, but this is far from a spectacular scene on third floor and third floor of third treasure.
The most exciting part is often left for end. When I found a group of people standing in front of me but not moving, I felt very strange. I tried by all means to overtake from turn and block it from side. Only then I saw, Mona Lisa, this picture She also occupies wall, but it is built into middle of wall, covered with glass, and circle of red rope keeps distance from viewer. I stand at a distance on left and I can still see her eyes looking at me with a strange look. Smile.
I'm very ashamed, I don't know art, I don't understand path, but I still feel that this trip is worth it.
In afternoon, itinerary was shopping at Galeries Lafayette in Paris, we wandered around for two hours and had a snack in a coffee shop. In end, I got on bus and went back to hotel to find out that the Paris Theater was nearby, within walking distance. Notre Dame Cathedral is close by and can be reached by taxi. It really annoys me indescribably that "search near Gaode" is not used properly.
2018 Western Europe Tour II
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