I think they even polish some of the produce. You can see my reflection in the eggplant.
JT told me to take pictures of pretty food when I saw it. I'm hoping that this is what he meant. This variety of tomato was totally new to me. If we hadn't been heading out, I would have bought one to try.
A couple of short metro rides later we arrived at the Louvre. Learning from yesterday's mistake, we actually looked up in our handy travel guide HOW to get to the Louvre. It seems that you just can't find the Metro stopped named Montmartre and expect to pop up out of the ground in front of Sacre Coeur. When you do that, you find yourself somewhere off of the map that you're carrying and you walk for 30 minutes or so using the location of the sun in the sky and dead reckoning. This helped to account for a good portion of the 20,000 steps we walked yesterday.
As we walked into the courtyard where the famous glass pyramid that is the entrance to the Louvre is located, we saw a good sized line already forming. Once inside, we bought our museum passes and headed off to the Richelieu wing where they house sculpture and paintings from the Middle Ages and Renaissance as well as the royal apartments of Louis Napoleon III.
This is the handle on one of the windows. The face measures about 1.25" Justin and I marveled at the artistry expended on something so utilitarian. I wonder how many people that visit this room even notice it.
This photo shows some of the objets d'arts that were in one of the royal collections. Justin and I spent quite a bit of time exclaiming over these and looking at them from different angles. They were amazingly pierced and multi-layered as well as beautifully decorated.
After lunch we went into the Sully wing to see the excavation of the medieval Louvre castle that was built in the 12th century. At the end of the 16th century, the northwest corner of the current Henri II square was built over the older castle. When Bob and I were last here in 2000, all that was exposed was one corner. Now they have exposed two whole walls and also access to the donjon or keep inside the walls. Dim lighting and no flash photos prevent me from sharing that.
We also took in quite a bit of the Greek and Egyptian sculpture. I was experiencing some dissonance along the way between the Egyptian art and artifacts and the rooms in which they were housed. Some how the rococo style of the rooms just didn't seem to be the best match to me.
By 3:30 we all agreed that we were very tired and had sore legs to boot; the stairs were getting to be painful. So we wended our way back to the entrance and climbed out of the museum. It was a very warm day today and the air up on top gets hot and stifling with all that glass.
So, the post title. Right. Well, we only walked 13,000 steps today. Two reasons for that. 1) We didn't get temporarily "misplaced" like yesterday and 2) you do a lot of standing in one place in a museum. Especially when you are trying to translate the placards from French to English. :)