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Paris – Day 3

This Sunday was a perfect day to spend in the Louvre Museum. We knew that the museum was huge and one day would not be enough to see it all, but we made a good plan and prioritized the most interesting parts to us. This iconic 12th century palace has been used as a museum since 1793. The building has eight main parts and 380.000 art objects are exhibited there in total.

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There were many spectacular pieces in the museum. Some of the more interesting ones are:

Ain Ghazal – This sculpture is estimated to be from 7250 BC (unbelievable!). It is the oldest piece in the Louvre.

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Law Code of Hammurabi – The best preserved written rules in history, 1760 BC.

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The Turkish Bath – Bathing women in harem (Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, 1862).

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Winged Victory of Samothrace – This beautiful marble sculpture is from 200 BC, and has been located in the Louvre since 1884.

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We spent almost the whole day in the Louvre, completely away from reality and lost in history. Taking a nice walk through the Seine made us realize that we were in Paris again.

I loved the small bookshops along the river. I even bought a few children’s books in French, hoping to understand them in the future. Pont de l’Archevêché was our last stop before we went back to the hotel to refresh.

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In the evening we had the Sunday laziness even though we were on vacation. With our remaining energy we went out to have a cup of coffee in some place nearby. While taking our coffee walk the most amazing thing ever happened!!

I saw ROBERT DE NIRO on the street. Moreover, I TALKED TO ROBERT DE NIRO!

We were just walking by an old famous restaurant. There were a few people going out and we felt something unusual from the reaction of people on the street. Then, when we checked people that were going out from the restaurant, there they were – Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel and Gerard Depardieu!

Of course we’d left the camera at the hotel room, because we were just going out for a coffee with the most casual outlook ever. Baris basically pushed me to Robert De Niro while he was preparing the camera of his cell phone. I found myself next to him, posing with other people. Then those two people suddenly disappeared. It was just me and him! We turned to each other and said ‘hi’. He asked me how I was doing, why I was in Paris, etc. We had a very quick chat, shook hands and said goodbye.

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I looked at my hand throughout the rest of the night and kept repeating ‘Robert De Niro held my hand!’ I’d already forgot about the Louvre, about Paris and about all the other unimportant stuff in my life. That moment was suddenly the best moment of the day, maybe even one of the best moments of my life!

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