In 5 Types of Historic European Architecture explore the various historic architectures in the lovely continent of Europe
The City of Paris is home to a lot of historic destinations. I don’t want you to miss any so I’ve made a list of ‘5 Places I Regret Not Visiting in Paris’ I was taken by surprise as we explored new places around the world especially those around Paris. I had visited the city […]
Becoming the Biggest Museum in the World: Musee du Louvre
The last part in the History of the Louvre Palace
I shall be writing this article in a couple of parts. Louvre Palace has got a rather long and complicated history and all of it is fascinating. So I thought it will be better to break this article into a few parts. This is the third and the last one. You can read the first part here and the second here.
415,000 artefacts spread over 782,910 sq ft: that’s how large the Louvre Museum is. If you were to look at each artefact and painting for just six seconds, you’d take about 4 months to see the entire museum.
For a person who is not fond of museums, these numbers might be scary but for a person who adores them, these numbers sound like paradise. They make me want to pack a bag and set up a tent inside the museum.
If you are like me, the story of the Louvre Museum might be just another historical story that’ll make you fall in love with this Castle turned Palace turned Museum.
The Louvre Museum has the most perfect setting i.e. it is in reality a Royal Palace. In a recent poll on Instagram I asked my friends which type of museum they like: one housed in a new buildings or the ones in a real Palace. I was surprised to find my friends loved museums which were set up in Palaces. It just adds in to the aesthetic.
Just like this the Louvre Palace is the best backdrop to constitute the world’s largest museum right on the banks of the Seine.
We explored a part the story of this museum in the last two articles, in this part we’ll talk about the Louvre’s journey into the most turbulent time in French history: the French Revolution and beyond. Read more about History of the Louvre Palace: Part 3 …
Forging the Biggest Museum in the World: Musee du Louvre
The next part in the History of the Louvre Palace
I shall be writing this article in a couple of parts. Louvre Palace has got a rather long and complicated history and all of it is fascinating. So I thought it will be better to break this article into a few parts. This is the second one. You can read the first part here. Explore how the Louvre Castle transformed into a Royal Palace.
The Biggest Museum in the world, is what the Louvre is.
Once upon a time, Parisians didn’t travel to the Louvre to adore artefacts. In fact, they never came here. The Louvre Fort was only meant for soldiers to protect Paris. A few centuries later, this fort was no longer a part of Paris. The renaissance had demolished and obliterated the Louvre from history itself.
This week we’ll explore how a fallen fortress turned into a magnificent Royal Chateau and a Museum. Read more about History of the Louvre Palace: Part 2 …
The Lost Days of the Biggest Museum in the World: Musee du Louvre
Let us explore the History of the Louvre Palace
I shall be writing this article in a couple of parts. Louvre Palace has got a rather long and complicated history and all of it is fascinating. So I thought it will be better to break this article into a few parts. This is the First one:) Explore how the Louvre Palace was not a Palace.
What does the world’s biggest museum look like?
That was a question I never asked myself when I studied French and the country this language came from: France.
The glass pyramid which is a mascot for Musee du Louvre, made me assume that this was indeed a new building. A building having a lot of space to store historical artefacts.
A couple of years later, when I visited Paris, Louvre was of course included in our itinerary.
As we travelled alongside the Seine River, I was looking out for a modern glass pyramid and I found none. Read more about History of the Louvre Palace: Part 1 …
The French Glitter:
Hall of Mirrors, Palace of Versailles
The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles is a French Masterpiece
As we parked our vehicle and walked around the corner, the beauty of Chateau de Versailles took us by surprise.
The high fence was glittering gold under the summer sun, the hints of more gold shining on the rooftop of the Palace.
The regal statue of Louis XIV on horseback spoke about the importance the French have for their Sun King. Read more about The Hall of Mirrors at the Palace of Versailles …
Lost in the Louvre: Napoleon III Apartments
Explore perhaps the Most Opulent Apartments in the City of Lights
Paris, the city of Lights and Love is irresistible with its Iron Beauty, croissants, chocolats, patisseries and of course the inevitable Parisian charm.
It is on everyone’s bucket list to visit Paris and soak in its vivacious air, and its leisure breeze. Visiting the city of lumiere and amour in summer was one of the best experiences of my life. As it is the norm, I visited the Eiffel Tower, it is also imperative to call upon Mona Lisa and see her smile when in Paris!
The Mona Lisa finds herself the most visited lady in the world and her residence is the grand Louvre Palace. Most of us know this place as the largest museum in the world, the Louvre Museum.
It was lucky that we had a guide to take us through the important bits in this museum or we’d definitely lose our way.
I had studied about Louvre in my French lectures, one of the few subjects I really liked. I was expecting a modern structure much like the glass pyramid that is symbolic of this museum. Little was I expecting a royal palace! Read more about Lost in the Louvre: Napoleon III Apartments …
The Parisian Charm: Eiffel Tower and its Astonishing Details
The Eiffel Tower has so much of history and stories to share, they are all hidden in its details
*This a follow up article to Parisian Charm: Eiffel Tower though it can be read as a stand alone too
The Parisian Charm is hard to miss especially atop the Eiffel Tower. The city of Paris spreads beneath your feet. The hustle bustle is not to be heard, the delicious smells of crepes and baguettes seem far away, the top of the Arc de Triomphe peeks at you amidst houses. It is indeed a spectacular view.
However we have seen such incredible aerial views- from the airplane when the skies are clear or perhaps from a mountaineering trek this view is not that jaw dropping. However almost 128 years ago, no one had seen the world from such heights. The idea of a nice flight alongside the birds was only via a hot air ballon. Such frivolous pleasure rides were exclusively for the rich. The spectacle that was the Eiffel Tower could almost lay the entire world underneath your two feet for a few euros! That was fascinating for most.
The story of the Eiffel Tower is overwhelming, awe-inspiring and mind boggling.
The Parisian Charm: Eiffel Tower Part 1
The Parisian charm and visiting the Eiffel Tower- my treasured travel memory
It seems to be extremely difficult to imagine the city of lights without its Iron Lady, as the Parisians have dubbed the Eiffel Tower. Paris has been the city for lovers and lights alike and there is no other monument in the world which combines the both together is such a simplistic manner.
This iron tower stands as a stark difference to the rest of Paris. The city of Paris is the haven for artists, painters, poets, writers, food lovers, perfumers and every one who believes in the idea of pompous elegance. The Eiffel Tower though seems to be neither very elegant or very coquettish. On the contrary it appears out of place and crude in the backdrop of French and Baroque architectural styles. Despite this, we can’t think of Paris without talking about the Eiffel Tower.
It is easy to think of the tower as a very modern sculpture. When was the Eiffel Tower built?