The Louvre During The Day
During my 1.5 week in Paris, I visited The Louvre three times - one three different days. Unintentionally, of course. I had an entire day carved out just for this museum. The all-day trip included a visit to Angelina for brunch. I was looking forward to this the most.
It's the only Angelina cafe that serves this decadent Pyramid-shaped dark chocolate and hazelnut mouse cake called Richelieu. Aptly named as the cafe is located in the Richelieu wing. Some may say it has the best view overlooking the Pyramid, but I enjoyed the balcony view more from the museum cafe.
The Louvre Inside
I was 99% here for that pastry. I made sure to see some art, too. The first time I was at The Louvre was actually during my first day in Paris. I thought it would be a smart idea to see the Mona Lisa right before the museum closed. I figured there would be fewer visitors as most people would be winding down their visit.
I was wrong. As I made my way to the room where the Mona Lisa hung, the smell of sweat grew stronger and stronger. The body odor that surrounded this pint-size painting was almost palpable. Like most tourists, I "politely" elbowed my way to the front of the crowd. Was it worth it? Meh. But at least I can say, I saw the Mona Lisa in real life.
The Louvre At Night
The best part of that visit was the evening view. Sunset at the Pyramid was the perfect way to end my first day in Paris. It was so good I came back a second evening!