Louvre At First Sight

Paris 2016

And the Oscar for cheesiest blog title ever goes to...ME! If you weren't aware, our trip to Paris just so happened to fall on Elizabeth and I's one year anniversary. No, I didn't plan it that way, nor did I propose while we were there. I would like to say that I can't believe any one woman has put up with me this long, but she's a great gal and can handle anything.  I'll make sure to give her a few more years to kick me to the curb before I do anything drastic.

Anyways, just like any good anniversary they all start with a trip to the Louvre!

Elizabeth and I

Elizabeth and I

Unless you've been to the Louvre before it's hard to imagine the sheer magnitude of this place. I don't know if there's such a thing as too much history, but the Louvre definitely comes close. It would take you months to see every single artifact. My best advice is to research what you want to see, go in with a plan, and do not deviate from it. As Louvre newbies, Elizabeth and I wandered around aimlessly for awhile before we realized we were literally lost in a sea of history. We decided to narrow our course, hit the really big attractions, and then get the heck out.

Venus de Milo

Venus de Milo

Winged Victory of Samothrace

Winged Victory of Samothrace

Mona Lisa

Mona Lisa

Liberty Leading the People

Liberty Leading the People

It's great to stop and really appreciate the artwork in the Louvre, but the real entertainment is watching the amount of selfies/awkward photos being taken in front of the art. I tell you what, there's nothing like striking a hands on hip, peace sign pose, in front of a beautiful Leonardo da Vinci piece. Or better yet, the blue steel selfie in front of Eugene Delacroix's "Liberty Leading the People." Obviously Elizabeth and I couldn't just sit on the sidelines and watch the madness, we had to partake in it ourselves!

Elizabeth becoming one with the sphinx

Elizabeth becoming one with the sphinx

Channeling my inner-Egyptian God King

Channeling my inner-Egyptian God King

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No caption necessary...

And now for the moment you've all been waiting for! Paris' most iconic landmark, the Eiffel Tower.

The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower

I'll start by saying this, it's everything I'd hoped for and more. The Eiffel Tower is one of those places that brings you back down to earth and makes you realize that "I'M IN PARIS F****** FRANCE!"

We got there just before dark so we still saw it during the day, but by the time we made it to the top of the tower and back down we got to see it light up at night too.

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower

There's no better way to end your trip.

As I alluded to at the beginning of this piece, the rest of my anniversaries are going to be a total let down after this. I managed to completely outdo myself with this Paris extravaganza. I'd like to close with a quote from the late Florida State scholar, Jameis Winston, "If we gon do it then, we gon do it BIG!"

Deric "Passenger" Poldberg