La Louvre et Arts et Metiers

First thing Friday morning we hopped the Metro to the Louvre where we were giving a tour by a the first of many Deaf tour guides. I learned that the Louvre used to be the King’s palace here in Paris, but he (the King) decided it was too small and had another one built outside of town that was bigger. (That’s tomorrow’s blog).

I can’t imagine thinking the Louvre was too small. I also don’t remember which king it was. I want to say Louis XIII but I may be wrong and I’m too tired (and my internet is too lousy here) to google it. I took tons of pictures, of which these are a few.

A few notable pictures, however are these two below which were the only ones I saw that I actually liked. Don’t get me wrong, the others were all (mostly all) amazing, but these I would hang-up-in-my-house liked.

And of course the Mona Lisa.

You cannot imagine the human meat press I endured to get this terrible selfie with the Mona Lisa.

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Sweating and living without modern beauty conveniences in France has certainly worked to cure me of what little vanity I had.

At the gift shop I bought two puzzles for Hubs and I to do, as is our tradition when we go on trips. I chose one of the Mona Lisa and one that is a map of Paris.

Unfortunately, they were stolen during lunch…at the Louvre.

I so enjoy throwing money away.

So now, I have to replace them. I intend to re-buy the Mona Lisa puzzle and emphatically regale anyone who gets stuck listening to me about how, like the original, my Mona Lisa was stolen and subsequently returned (well, replaced in my case).

After lunch at the Louvre, we went to the Musee Arts et Meitre (technology museum) where we had another fabulous interpreter.

I lost all cell signal the minute I walked into the technology museum. Irony at it’s finest.

We learned a lot of cool information concerning the making of the Statue of Liberty. The most interesting thing, though, which I neglected to take a picture of, was the Napoleonic communication device. It was the precursor to the telegraph for long distance communication and I especially enjoyed learning about it because the interpreter was as fantastic storyteller.

The most amazing thing of all, however is this lion and snake (below) that is made 100% out of blown glass; hairs and all. Can you imagine?? It took twenty years to create.

The man is the photo is our guide and he communicated in a mixture of LSF and International sign language, which I found both easy and difficult to decode in turns.

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 I was so exhausted after touring both museums.

A few of us stopped for a quick dinner at Chipotle and then I went back and attempted to get some sleep.

I wish I could say I did.

 

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