The weather is not great today - grey, cold with a wind that's icy at times and rainy sometimes too.
This morning we rugged up and set off from our cosy apartment in the Marais district to walk to the Louvre thinking it might be a good day to be inside out of the weather.
First we walked past the Hotel de Ville ......
then on to the river and along past Pont Neuf till we came to the Louvre.
When we entered the square in front of the Louvre we were greeted with this sight !!!
Well, we're not known to have THAT MUCH patience so out came our trusty Rick Steve's book and he suggested we try the entrance to the Louvre through the Carrousel de Louvre shopping mall.
So off we went into the shopping centre and joined what looked like a very long line.
It took us 15 minutes to get through the security and into the Louvre
and when we went to pay our entrance fee of 9E 50 they told us that it was free today!
How is that for good luck?
Now there were lots of people there but we set off to find the Mona Lisa looking at the artwork along the way.
Then finally we found her!
Or rather the bun fight that surrounds her !!!
I gave up!
I'm too short and I could see her better from the back of the mob
but Tony's height gave him a better view.
The crowd began to sort itself out as people strolled along looking at the art and we joined in up and down stairs, round corners, taking photos along the way....
The view from the windows was lovely.
Soon we were hopelessly lost and it took what seemed ages to find our way back to where we came in.
By this time we were really pooped and set off for home after a quick hot chocolate.
On the way home it hailed !! Then the sun came out briefly and we had time to purchase our bagettes for the day and unlock the big security doors,
load ourselves into the tiny lift.....
and collapse on the sofa with our feet up with a cup of tea and a coke.
Louvre - been there, done that!
Soup for tea tonight.
Cheers from Paris