Louvre-ing Art

When you love art just that much.

Imagine a statue that made your heart stutter, either from the extent of realism or from sheer magnitude. Then imagine a room filled with that statue. This was what I felt upon laying eyes on the Louvre’s ‘sculpture garden’.

As an artist, my blood raced at the thought of so much inspiration surrounding me, enveloping me in a cacophony of genius conjurings bordering the mystical. There were sculpted fabrics , casted lovers and molded beasts of legends. I was in inspirational heaven!

For anyone who dabbles in Fine arts or simply has an interest in becoming a more well rounded cultured individual, the Louvre is definitely a place worth seeing. Besides the Mona Lisa (which is incredibly small in actuality!) there are other less mainstream artists and those are the ones I personally think are worth looking at. Through this museum, I found a new seed of interest in museums as I never found museums appealing before hand (ironic really since my interests lie in the arts). Because as an artist, I prefer delving into art, being elbows deep in paint rather than spend a day mulling over color choice and composition. However, being in the Louvre shifted my perspective just enough to allow me to appreciate fine arts in a more open light. 

Maybe the change was because of the romantic and light atmosphere of Paris, or maybe it was something in the water (European water tastes terrible if you are used to filtered or purified water), but the Louvre nudged a gear in the mechanism that is my mind and I feel like a more open minded artist for it. So in fewer words: visit the Louvre if you ever get the chance to!

Another place we visited, but on a different day, was the large flea market In Paris that had both affordable and more luxurious items. The wares ranged from milk bottles to Impressionist paintings. Anything you imagined could be bought at the flea market at fair prices.

From a small hole in the wall stall inside one of the compartments, I purchased a beautiful delicate looking necklace with arabesque inspirations. Plated in gold, the jewelry piece caught my eye from afar. But the best part of purchasing the necklace was the haggling. In a market like the one I went to, haggling is common place and even expected. If you see something, then haggle, because the worst thing that could happen is you walk away and find something better. 

One negative thing I would like to point out  about this market is the neighborhood. Near the last stop on the 10 train, the neighborhood is at best spotty and I would recommend keeping your valuabls close to you at all times and if possible, use cash when buying at the market so that there’s no chances of compromising your card. 

Odéon subway station

In summation, the Louvre and the flea market is definitely worth checking out, but remember to stay vigilante with your belongings and remember to enjoy your time with an open mind. 


The House of Kings

Have you ever dreamed of living like a king? 

The Palace of Versaille is a chance to peer into the glimmering world of a king’s world. 

The study abroad group arrived at the Palace of Versaille in the early mornings and I was stunned by the gilded palace as the structure caught the morning light and glowed. While I never dreamed of living in a place so extravagant, being in the presence of a palace is still awe inspiring. And if Paris street architecture was impressive, the structural design of Versaille was out of this world. Wherever my eyes laid on, I was struck by sculptures and gilded designs crawling up the walls and embracing windows. 

Model of The Palace of Versailles

The inside of the palace was just as impressive, if not more bewitching than the exterior. A museum in itself, the artist in me burst out of my skin and obsessed over every twisted door handle and every looming light fixture. For all those who dabble in fine arts or even those with an appreciation for the arts, the Palace of Versaille is the perfect place to fill yourself to the brim with inspiration and information. Instead of an in-person tour guide, the group opted on a phone -like guide where you typed in the number presented underneath paintings and inside certain rooms. Super convenient. You could walk as slow (or as fast in my case) as you please and admire as you please. 

Every aspect of The Palace of Versailles was opulent, almost overwhelmingly so. But even more satisfying was the restaurant inside the palace called Angelina’s. Although the price point of the restaurant is on the higher end of the spectrum (high medium) the food was a great exemplification of French cuisine. I ordered a sea bass with ratatouille and while the seafood was pretty good, my first taste of ratatouille was phenomenal. Ratatouille is easily one of my most favorite French dishes that I’ve tried as of yet. 

Sea bass and ratatouille galore!

After lunch, my group and I explored the palace’s garden which was surprisingly flat. What I mean by flat is that I could preview the entire gardens with one sweep of my eyes which only supplemented the sheer magnitude of the gardens and the palace grounds. 

The day was a day of glamor and opulence bordering on excessiveness, but for all creative and curious minds The Palace of Versailles is definitely a must see to capture the full beauty of French heritage and history.