The line snaked for miles in and around the courtyards of the Louvre and people waited patiently under their umbrellas to get in “gratuit” to the Louvre. First Sunday of the month is always free. Mona had more admiring cameras than eyes and flanking her portrait and taking way from her allure, large “beware of pickpockets” signs. Not a very gratifying experience. She’s even behind bullet proof glass now. What would Leonardo think?
60 rue Réaumur
Underground/Subway : Arts et Métiers, Réaumur-Sébastopol
Buses : 20, 38, 39, 47
Open from Tuesday to Sunday included, from 10am to 6pm.
Night Thursday to 9pm30. Closed Mondays, the 1st of May and the 25th of December
An extraordinary museum showcasing the history of everything mechanical. Right now “Et l’Homme… créa le robot” is the temporary exhibit going on until March 2013. Star Wars lifesize figures, robots performing amazing feats, the Mars Rover taking off and landing. Colorful and electrifying. It will blow your socks off. Be sure to see the permanent exhibits too with early full size flying machines, cars, locomotives, diesel engines, looms, original mockup of the Statue of Liberty, all artfully exhibited.