|Chapel exterior; the entrance gate; chapel interior; a determined looking horse statue (Louis XIII?).|
|Giant painting of Mary Magdalene washing Christ's feet; hall of mirrors ceiling;|
fancy wallpaper in the queen's bedroom; outside gardens
The outside also was gorgeous. We entered through the back gate into a stone courtyard and exited into the expansive gardens. We only walked around some of them because construction work was being done and we wanted to get back with ample time for...
|Aphrodite with Cupid; the Three Graces;|
Venus de Milo; Nike (sooo cool)
The Louvre was twelve kinds of amazing and we only managed to visit a couple of sections that day. It is monstrously huge and all we did that day probably took three hours. There were people sketching in the corners of rooms, which was pretty cool. There were also a lot of people getting in the way of my pictures to take pictures of sculptures from behind, which was not cool and was quite confusing sometimes. Some of my favorites are above (I actually made a big deal about Venus de Milo and why was it so cool? It's actually pretty cool.).
|My reason for coming to Paris. Besides macarons.|
I absolutely could not leave without seeing Paolo Veronese's The Wedding at Cana. It was the painting I most wanted to see and it is gigantic. Large paintings baffle me.
By the time we left, I was absolutely starving, so we hopped back on the metro to look for restaurants near our hotel. My boyfriend found one as we were coming up the escalator which looked promising and ended up being a pretty good choice, especially for it being Friday and having some meatless options (which is crazy difficult to do in Paris unless you just want dessert). We returned to the hotel sufficiently spent.
|Tomato penne, cheese ravioli and chocolate cake dessert.|