The Louvre

I’m going apesh*t at the thought that I could have caught a glimpse of Beyoncé and JAY-Z in Paris. I was at the Louvre in May, too!

Ignore the bone-dry fountain

Lately, it seems everyone’s talking about the Louvre, possibly the world’s most famous museum. According to its website, it’s currently the world’s most visited museum, too!

It just so happens that two of its most recent visitors are world famous in their own right. Not only did Beyoncé and Jay-Z stop by the Louvre, they filmed a music video there. At the Louvre! People are quick to say that only a power couple, such as The Carters, could shut down the famous museum. It’s true – their influence is undeniable. But let’s be real – the museum isn’t open 24/7. Isn’t it possible they filmed the video after hours or on a Tuesday (when the museum is closed)?

I didn’t like “APESH*T” at first, but it’s growing on me. I don’t get most of the references on the song (skrrt, skrrt, skrrt), but some of the lyrics speak to me. Par exemple:

“Sipping my favorite alcohol (alcohol), got me so lit, I need Tylenol (Tylenol)”

Oh, that Beyoncé, so relatable!

People want to say they’re trying to make a political statement in the video, or that they’re talking about their marriage in the song. Well, I won’t get into any of that, because who really knows? It’s none of my business. But like everyone else, I will gush about that video. Beyoncé and Jay-Z did what they did: they created a remarkable work of art!

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Another artist who recently evoked Le Musée du Louvre is New Zealand singer-songwriter, Lorde (aka, Jennifer’s idol), whose second album, Melodrama, features a song called, “The Louvre.” My favorite lyrics from it are so cheeky, I can’t help but love it:

“We’re the greatest, they’ll hang us in the Louvre, down the back but who cares, still the Louvre”

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Watch Lorde perform The Louvre here.

When I went to the Louvre, it was mid-afternoon. The sun was high and I was sweaty from walking, so I took a little break before I entered the museum.

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Orangina and me

I enjoyed the shade and light breeze while I admired the Pyramid.

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This painting was one of my favorites. It reminded me of my own sweet Girls.

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Self-portrait with Her Daughter by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun.

Could I take these home? Emerald is my birthstone, after all!

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Necklace and earrings of Empress Marie-Louise

As I descended the staircase in front of Winged Victory of Samothrace, I stretched out my arms and imagined I was Audrey Hepburn in the movie, Funny Face. I felt like I was flying.

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There she is, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite!

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yeah, baby, she’s got it

From March 29, 2018 to July 23, 2018, there is a special exhibition at the Louvre celebrating artist, Eugène Delacroix. He’s the one who painted “July 30, 1830: Liberty Leading the People” (La Liberté guidant le peuple). I call it the Marianne painting.

Finally, I saw the actual Mona Lisa, behind a velvet rope, in a frame, underneath thick glass, never blinking, looking good at every angle. She’s looking at all of us probably wondering what the fuss is all about.

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La Joconde by Leonardo da Vinci

I was only at the Louvre for a couple of hours and I know that is not enough time to see everything: the walls, the ceilings, the floors, the stairs – they were all works of art. I felt grateful just being there.

“I can’t believe we made it, this is what we’re thankful for…”

Same.

Oh, that Beyoncé, so relatable!

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