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My Favorite, the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

My Favorite, the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

Last November I was planning a weekend trip to Paris. The idea of a weekend trip suggests flying in Friday night, two full days then leaving late Sunday or early Monday morning. In an ideal world I suppose this is true. For those of us on a tight budget it meant flying in Friday late and night and then leaving midday Sunday. This should have given me at least a few hours on Sunday to walk around. Except for one unexpected problem: transportation strikes. I barely made it out of the airport.

So we were reduced to one full day in which to explore and take in Paris. I really dislike traveling with such time constraints, but there we were (the we was my then girlfriend and I for our two year anniversary). One of the big items on our agenda was the Louvre. The Louvre is a rather large museum. I could have spent several hours a day for five days there. Managed it in an hour and a half.

Of course with only a limited slot of time and a large museum some cuts had to be made to the self guided tour. Essentially all of them. The first thing I did was pick up a map to find out where to go and in what order. The first stop was the Winged Victory of Samothrace, quite a nice statue and very impressive. From there we wound through corridors of paintings to reach the Mona Lisa. To be honest it was a lot smaller then I anticipated. It also did nothing for me, I like the gigantic painting directly across from it. Then again I have never like portrait painting.

At this point I tried to get a shortcut to the next stop, the room with the (I believe) Crown Jewels of old France. I got a bit mixed up so a few superfluous corridors were viewed. The room of King Louis the Something is a very posh room, with the gold and the shiny things. The chairs looked uncomfortable though. With that off our list we had to wind our way across the museum to reach the Venus de Milo.

Back through the main corridor housing the Winged Victory and many flash photographers, up some stairs towards seventeenth century flemish art and down a hallway of oil paintings, only to find that the staircase I want is currently blocked off. Back down the oil paintings through some landscapes and a short stroll through sarcophagi finally found us in the greek statue room. The sandstone of Egypt gave way to the marble of Greece and another flash photography crowd. And there was the Venus de Milo. I liked the Winged Victory better.

Finished with the main three women of the Louvre we grabbed a snack, scoffed at the two euro postcards and emerged into the winter air of Paris.

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