France #11: Leondard de Vinci
It's taken a bit to get to this final post... we re-entered our regular life. On our last full day in France- 2 November, we lingered over breakfast again- no hurry to get started with our day given our planned escapade. Linda had wanted to make sure we were able to go to the Louvre and had wisely pre-purchased the tickets. Even better, she was able to pre-purchase tickets to see the just barely opened Leonard de Vinci exhibit at the Louvre. Once the show opened, the tickets sold out through the end of November. so we counted ourselves quite lucky that she was able to get tickets while we were visiting.
After spending some time watching a mime perform his tricks, looking at plants, and otherwise exploring, we spent some time running around in circles and trying to step on each other's feet (we'll let you imagine who that might have been).
A simple and early lunch, then off to the Louvre to figure out how to be at the right place at the right time for Leonardo. I knew the Louvre was big, but it is big! 14 horizontal kilometers of space, 3 wings, 5 floors high in a great big U shape. Pictures really don't do it justice, in part because the space between the wings is packed with tourists taking the perfect selfy, people trying to sell you stuff, lines of people, and just general chaos. I somehow managed to take photos that made it look empty, but these photos lie. Steve and Linda took some quiet time on a bench, Stephen and Elizabeth ran around and found out that mazes make for a fun game of tag, and Chris and I looked at obscure parts of the courtyard away from people. Turns out that I like taking pictures of random details, so here you go.
And some of the pieces or work we saw...