On our second day in Paris, we planned to visit the Lourve, but it was closed. It seems that whereas England has the trend of things being closed on Monday or Sunday, somethings are closed on a Tuesday in France. Nonetheless, here’s a snap of the amazing building.
Since this museum was closed we walked across the bridge to the Musee d’Orsay, an art museum which houses some famous pieces from Cezanne, Monet, Lautrec and Van Gogh among others. We had breakfast at a fantastic little cafe a few doors away from the museum called La Fregate, built on the location that was once the home of Marshal D’Artagnan, who inspired Alexander Dumas to write The Three Musketeers.
After the Musee d’ Orsay, we visited the bridge, Ponts de Arts, made famous for the strange tradition of locks bearing lovers names upon them. Very beautiful and romantic, but I found this article on the New York Times, describing how the French don’t think so. It’s very interesting.
The padlock bridge is just a short walk from Notre Dame, which was next on our visit. This year, the Notre Dame cathedral is celebrating 850 years of existence, quite mental right? Anyway, it’s free to visit and very, very beautiful. Here’s one of the famous stain glass windows.
Have you visited any of these sites?
Which was your favourite? Do you have a padlock on a bridge in Paris?
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