Long time ago, about 40-45 years, when the world was more closed to travel, the visits to museums and hanging there were fundamentally different. Museums were not so crowded and visitors were presented as two different categories. The first category included the tourist groups, who quietly followed the guide and did not stay long at the individual exhibits. The second one was not so numerous and presented individual art lovers. At that time, you can safely stand at a particular exhibit whether painting, sculpture or some other work of art. There were benches in the halls of museums where you could sit down and review the picture for a long time in details. Silence and a special atmosphere reigned in these halls.
Visit to Museum for a full day long with the aim to go and see as much as possible usually was tedious and blurred impressions. By that time my visits to museums were short enough to watch several rooms with particular works of art, where you can stay for some time and enjoy. Nowadays every museum in the world looks like an anthill. There are huge number of tourists which coming just to put a mark of the visit. And of course, the first thing for them is to rush to the most famous exhibits. Flashes of cameras, multiple shooting individually and in groups with these objects on background, Selfie, the noise and crush distracting mostly make it impossible to enjoy the piece of Art.
If you’ll have the chance to visit Louvre, for example, do not even look at the map to get to Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, you just have to follow the largest procession. It will bring you to the place. And there you might be lucky to get close to the Painting. But mostly you will see and be blinded by flashes and variety of the tourist crowd.
However there are a lot of precious things you can see there. Just click on any picture in gallery to watch and enjoy some of them.
The plan was to watch the Parisians’ life, enjoy strolls around the city, and have fun. Walking without any special directions we’ve been just lost in numerous Paris streets, boulevards, gardens and parks.
Anyway, whether you want it or not all that routes leads you to all of these famous and beautiful places. It is impossible to resist and do not visit them. This is why the most remarkable landmarks appeared in our week trip to Paris. We used that visits only to refresh our memory and knowledge about some special things, which we most like in all these museums, palaces and other places.
Lately in our trips we do not staying in hotels but rented entire apartments. This kind of accommodation makes our stay more comfortable and gives the feeling of being part of the local community. You can go to the street markets, buy some food and cook it, enjoy sitting with a cup of coffee in one of numerous cafes, have a good lunch or dinner there, and adopt the local people life rhythm.
Apartment we chose was in Latin Quarter right beside Pantheon, near Luxembourg Garden, Sorbonne University and absolutely amazing market on Rue Mouffetard. There are only 15 minutes walk to Notre Dame Cathedral and all the beauties of Seine islands. There you can take the Seine River Cruise to see the city from the water. In your journey by the river you see Notre Dame, Louvre, Museum D ‘Orsay, Les Invalides, and of course the Eiffel Tower. In the night-lights it looks amazing.
Full weeklong we just walked around the city and only place where we used the transportation to go was Versailles. The walking was not boring and tedious at all because the eyes did not get tired to watch beautiful architecture, sculptures, fountains, and wide and green boulevards.
Lunchtime was a good chance to relax and get some energy with the glass of wine, delicious food followed by dessert and coffee. French people have their own wine traditions and it is not a big deal and something wrong to have a glass of wine for lunch. You can even buy the bottle of wine, go to the park, sit on the bench and enjoy you wine. A lot of young people do it on the bank of Seine River at evening time. There are a lot of options to celebrate the life in Paris.
Evening time fills up streets and boulevards by people. It looks like all of Parisians spend evening for dinner, glass of wine, beer or coffee and enjoying talking with friends. All street cafes, restaurants and bars are full of people. It is absolutely safe and enjoyable.
This is a brief glance on Life of Paris.