Saturday, 30 June 2018

Travel Beyond the Crypt Sainte-Chapelle, Louvre Museum

On my last day in Paris, I originally wanted to visit Pere Lachaise Cemetery, the largest cemetery in Paris and the burial ground of Oscar Wilde as well as other icons such as Frederic Chopin, Jim Morrison and Eugene Delacroix. However, it still didn't stop snowing from the previous day, so public transport including taxis were still messed up. I stuck to central Paris as I was travelling back to England later on that evening.

I decided to visit Sainte-Chapelle instead, which has free admission for any EU nationals under 26.

The outside of Sainte-Chapelle is pretty hard and not that impressive to photograph since it is surrounded by other buildings and in a crowded area, but the inside more than makes up for this.

The chapel was started in 1238 and finished in 1248, commissioned by King Louis IX to house his collection of religious relics.

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

The inside is amazingly beautiful and one of my favourite sights during my trip. I received so much inspiration from seeing these beautiful purple-hued stained glass windows, for jewellery, clothing and more.

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Sainte-Chapelle, Paris

Sainte-Chapelle, or at least the parts open to the public, is not very big so it doesn't take too long to view it. After Sainte-Chapelle, I visited the Louvre Museum.

  Louvre Museum, Paris

The museum is housed in the Louvre Palace, is the world's largest museum (as well as the most visited) and contains over 38,000 pieces of art. The museum is indeed absolutely huge, and days would be required to view every single piece, so it's best to pick which pieces you'd like to see or make a very quick pass through the entire thing. Among the most famous pieces are the Venus de Milo and Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa.

Venus de Milo at the Louvre Museum, Paris

Venus de Milo

The Three Graces sculpture in the Louvre Museum, Paris

Although Venus de Milo and the Mona Lisa are by far the most famous pieces of art held in the Louvre, and I saw both, the sculpture above was my favourite and unknown to me before visiting the museum. It's The Three Graces, or a reproduction of the original statue, which was carved by an artist unknown and lost in the sands of time. It's quite hard to find information on this statue, since there's a more well-known statue of the Three Graces in existence.

What I love most about the statue is that the depiction of the Three Graces, Roman/Greek goddesses the very embodiment of grace, beauty and youth, was conceived and carved because they were considered the epitome of beauty and perfection. Whoever carved it considered their bodies to be perfectly beautiful, and look, they have what are considered "tummy bulges"! Too many people nowadays are obsessed, or get depressed over not having a perfect body with a perfectly flat stomach that stays like that all the time, but many people don't realise that perfect bodies don't exist; even people who dedicate their lives and careers to fitness admit that flat stomachs don't stay that way forever, and they consider it a good day if it stays past mid-morning. Naturally I have my own body insecurities but seeing this statue, and knowing that even thousands of years ago, this body was considered beautiful and perfect, with natural curves and bumps, is very comforting and I hope it comforts others too.

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, Louvre Museum, Paris

The Winged Victory of Samothrace, carved around the 2nd century BC, around 190-200 BC.

Desserts in London and Paris

The last photo I will leave you for my trip is all the desserts I devoured during my London and Paris trip! Like I mentioned in a previous post, I had a list of highly rated patisseries I would've liked to visit, especially in Paris and I'm happy to say I managed to tick most of them off of my list. Some of the patisseries I visited were Des Gateaux et du Pain, Angelina's, Cafe Pouchkine and Un Dimanche a Paris. Each and every dessert was amazingly delicious; I'm an absolute fiend for desserts and these definitely satisfied. I'd recommend brushing up on and visiting lots of patisseries if you go to France!

There were many other places I would've liked to visit on my trip but simply not enough time to cover them all. Do you have anywhere spooky you'd recommend to visit in Paris, such as the Museum of Vampires and Legendary Creatures, which is on my list?

 

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