I left Amsterdam late last night and arrived in Paris early in the morning.
I was sad to leave Amsterdam because it was so amazing there, but I am sure I will go back one day.
Once I arrived in Paris, I figured out the metro and took it to my next hostel (only going in the wrong direction for one stop!).
I then walked to the Louvre for a two and a half hour visit. I usually am not a fan of museums, but the Louvre was spectacular!
One of my favorite parts were the Italian paintings. Each one had an entire story behind it; different emotions, people, and actions were taking place in each picture.
To pick up on these emotions and the story of each painting you needed to look at it for a few minutes; some of the paintings were huge, probably 10-15 feet across and 10-15 feet tall!
I also loved the walls at the Louvre, which contained art in different colors and statues carved into the wall.
Since I spent so much time in the Italian portion (and seeing the Mona Lisa of course), I was only able to see the Egyptian art and the decor of the Napoleon era. One day I will go back to look at the sections I missed.
The rest of the day I met up with someone from Brazil I had met on the bus to Paris from Amsterdam. We got lunch together and then walked around to the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Place de Bastille.
It was nice to hang out with someone I had never met before and feel like I had known them for a long time. I enjoyed spending time with someone from a culture completely different than mine; it's interesting to compare cultures, especially when within all of the differences our core values were the same.
I am going to meet up with him tomorrow and walk to the Eiffel Tower and other sights.