Places

The Da Vinci Code Trail at the Louvre

“So Dark the Con of Man”

I’ve always been obsessed with Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code novel, the movie and Paris, especially the Louvre. Hence, I decided to visit the Louvre Museum using the Da Vinci Code Trail. It is a visitor trail that is on the official Louvre website which follows the footsteps of Robert Langdon & Sophie Neveu in the museum. I didn’t exactly follow the trail but I used it as a guide to see all the things I wanted to see. In addition, I also followed the “Rose Line” or Paris meridian markers “Arago” outside and inside the museum. When I first arrived in Paris, I also visited the Saint-Sulpice church because of my obsession with the book and movie. As some of you may know, I worked at the Louvre Museum so it has a special place in my heart and so the obsession is real.

In this visit, first outside the Pyramid, I found two Arago medallions or the “Rose Line”. There is also one near the Palais Royal with a missing medallion. There is another one inside the Passage Richelieu which is also shown in the movie as Robert Langdon, played by Tom Hanks, figures out the true meaning of the Holy Grail. After entering the Louvre, I spent my time mostly in the Denon Wing where I found three more Arago medallions. Most people were looking at the art but I was so fascinated by the Arago medallions. I bet most people never even notice them! I also saw the The Wedding Feast at Cana, Virgin of the Rocks, Death of the Virgin and of course the Mona Lisa.

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“The Holy Grail ‘neath ancient Roslin waits.
The blade and chalice guarding o’er Her gates.
Adorned in masters’ loving art, She lies.
She rests at last beneath the starry skies.”

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Pyramide du Louvre & Jardin des Tuileries

Last week when the weather was pleasant (unlike the current heatwave), I was waiting to check-in to another hostel so I decided to pick up my camera and take a walk through the Jardin des Tuileries. The name comes from the French word “tuile” which means “tile” as the garden was built on an old tile factory. And “jardin” ofcourse just means “garden”.

This public garden is a great free thing to do plus it is very relaxing to just sit by the fountains. French gardens are always exquisite. As mentioned previously, you cannot sit on the grass but there are green chairs scattered all around the gardens. Every bush is neatly trimmed into shapes and everything is perfectly symmetrical. There are gorgeous statues scattered all around the gardens.

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There are several cafes in the middle of the gardens for a little pause. There is even a little pond with many shaded areas to relax.

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As you walk further down you see a ferris wheel and other rides. When I walked past, they were still installing them but I’ve heard it’s fun to go on the rides at night in Summer. Behind the Ferris wheel, you can see beautiful Parisian buildings.

If you go towards the direction of the Louvre, you notice it gets more and more crowded. You walk through the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel which was placed there as a sign of Napoleon’s victories. Then you will see one of the most recognisable Parisian landmarks, the Louvre & it’s “Pyramides”.

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During the afternoon, it was very hard to get a decent photo as there were so many people like me trying to take photos especially the really cliché photo with the tip of your finger touching the top of the pyramid (Guilty :P)

The pyramids are relatively new but have become an icon of Paris (well atleast for tourists). The Louvre museum which used to be a palace is so old in comparision to the pyramids but somehow it all belongs.

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