Friday, May 27, 2011

Lost in the Louvre

You simply cannot visit Paris without stopping at the Louvre. That would be a travesty!


So of course we did. And being the world's most famous museum (so say the French) with claims to being the largest there is a lot to see. So much, that it's impossible to do it all in one day.

You can follow the crowds to go see its most famous painting.

Yes, that is the Mona Lisa back there . . . if you look hard enough past the crowds.

You can see crown jewels and fun swords (though the plaques say the jewels aren't real on many of them anymore).

You can see rows upon rows of mummies.

And Sphinxes . . .

But if you aren't careful, you can easily get lost.

Which is what happened to us. And those exit signs? They really weren't very helpful. (I have to wonder if someone wasn't having some fun when they posted them because we walked the same Egyptian circle at least three times. For real.)

Anywho . . . I think that the blogosphere can be a lot like the Louvre. So many great sites out there.

You can follow the crowds and find some very useful and fun ones (Adventures in Children's Publishing, Elana Johnson's, Jen Daiker at Unedited).

If you search a little harder, you can find some real jewels (Lenny's World, Seeing Creative, Whole Latte Life).

Then there are those crazy bloggers that hold our fascination like the mummies (Carrie Harris, Chris Philips, Creepy Query Girl, Rambles and Randomness).

And in the crazy-big world that is the blogosphere, it's easy to get a little lost.

But with a little luck, you'll have made some great bloggy friends along the way. And somehow, getting lost isn't so bad when you've got them for company (NTM, aka Leigh from That's Write, Amy at The Green Bathtub, and so many others I can't list you all. Sorry! Don't hate me.)

So what blog and/or blogger would you want to get lost with? Share your favorites!

P.S. With Memorial Day, I won't be around on Monday. Have a great weekend!

21 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Wow, I know quite a few of those bloggers (and I get to say they're friends of mine). We run in the same cool blogging circle. :D

My husband and I saw the Louvre during our honeymoon. But we only saw the outside because my hubby didn't feel like lining up. :(

Joanne said...

The museum looks beautiful, I'd love to visit there one day. A couple years ago, we saw van Gogh's Starry Night and a few of his other paintings on display at Yale University's art museum. Each viewing was with a limited audience in a small room, so it gave a nice chance to get close and really observe the art. There's nothing like seeing the creations of the masters, is there.

And thanks for the shout-out to Whole Latte Life. The blog community is like a huge museum, so varied in its virtual displays, and always fun :)

Enjoy your weekend!

Madeleine said...

Great fun post. Did you see a mermaid statue at the Loovre?
I'd enjoy being lost with my blogger friends Ellie Garratt and Old Kitty :O)

Victoria Dixon said...

It's funny, but there's something different about the Mona Lisa when you see her in person. I didn't realize the gems were fake, but I don't remember seeing any, so maybe that's why. LOL So did someone pawn them long ago or did they remove them to keep them safe from thievery?

My fav Louvre story: All the students at my school had studied a particular painting. I got to the Louvre and sat down to study the actual painting. Finally looked around and there are four of my classmates doing the same thing! LOL

Chris Phillips said...

So what you're saying is I remind you of a 2 thousand+ year old corpse wrapped in linen? At least you didn't say I was a sphinxter. I went to the Louvre when I was about 12. Remember seeing the venus de milo also.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss janet! wow more cool pictures. i could like to see those mummies. i got lots and lots of cool blogger friends that i could like to hang out with and for sure youre one of them. :)
...hugs from lenny

Susanne Drazic said...

Great pictures. There are a lot of blog friends I would enjoy hanging out with. Have a GREAT weekend!

Carolyn V said...

It's so awesome! I love the pictures.

I think any of my bloggy friends would be fun to get lost with (although some of them are a little wild. lol).

Bethany Elizabeth said...

I never got to see the Louvre, I'm so jealous!! :) And yet I'm not surprised it was easy to get lost. Also, I love those bloggers you mention. :)

A.L. Sonnichsen said...

Yay! I'm a friend!! Thanks for the shout-out, Janet. ;)

I'd love to get lost in the Louvre someday. Someday.... :)

Amy

Medeia Sharif said...

I'm familiar with some of the blogs you listed, and I'll check out the others.

I hope to visit the Louvre one day.

I tagged you on my blog, by the way.

Stephen Tremp said...

Looks like you're having a great time! This is definately on our To Do List. Have a safe trip and lots of fun!

Beth said...

We have a photo of the Mona Lisa that's pretty similar to the one you posted! And we also got lost in the Louvre.
Looking forward to checking out some of the blogs you mentioned!

LTM said...

it's so true... ((hugs)) Even when you're bloggy friends get trapped under heavy stuff. Like the refrigerator. Or moving. :D LOL!!!

Sorry to be late to the party. And I'm disgusted w/having to take a break.... I remember the louvre--I don't think I got lost, but I felt lost the entire time I was in Paris. In a good way! :D ((hugs)) ~NTM

LTM said...

*cough* your bloggy friends. YOUR bloggy friends...

~NTM (who is also very tired) ;o)

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

I've never been to the Louvre, but I'm sure I'd get lost, too. I'm good at that.

Thanks for mentioning the blogs--I'll check them out. In fact, this is my first visit to your blog, thanks to Medeia's tag. : )

Angela Felsted said...

Happy memorial day. I don't hate you! But I do wonder how long it took you to put all those links into this post.

You stalwart hardworking blogger, you. I went to the Louvre once and the main thing I remember thinking was. Why aren't there any benches where I can sit?

Margo Berendsen said...

I love that I knew a couple of the crazy bloggers, but a couple more I didn't - off to check them out! Fun comparison to the Louvre. Brilliant, actually!

I love Lisa Gail Green's Paranormal Point of View for quirk, and Laura Pauling for excellent advice. I visit them regularly (and Stina's!) And Saumya Dave when I need my spirits lifted!

Margo Berendsen said...

I love that I knew a couple of the crazy bloggers, but a couple more I didn't - off to check them out! Fun comparison to the Louvre. Brilliant, actually!

I love Lisa Gail Green's Paranormal Point of View for quirk, and Laura Pauling for excellent advice. I visit them regularly (and Stina's!) And Saumya Dave when I need my spirits lifted!

Connie Arnold said...

How wonderful to go to Paris and visit the Louvre! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Your blog is a fun one. I always enjoy my visits here!

Creepy Query Girl said...

awe, how did I miss this? What an awesome post and I love your pics!