August 2011 represents the anniversary of a very significant day in the history of the Paris art world. One hundred years ago, the Mona Lisa, perhaps the world’s most recognisable painting, was stolen from the Louvre, the world-famous art gallery in the heart of the city. It was a crime that shocked the whole of the nation.
It had been stolen by an Italian employee of the Louvre, who felt the painting should have remained in Italy. In 1913, it was finally returned to France, and has remained a hugely popular artwork ever since. With the excellent choice of cheap flights to Paris currently available, 2011 could be the perfect year to see Da Vinci’s masterpiece.
Finding Time to Fit It All In
The Louvre is a hugely popular attraction, and is a must-see for all visitors to the city. It contains thousands of paintings and sculptures, and a full day is often nowhere near enough to take in all it has to offer. The vast majority of patrons, however, always make sure they find the time to see the Mona Lisa.
There are many other landmarks to visit, of course, including the iconic Eiffel Tower. A trip to Paris isn’t complete without seeing this truly beautiful tourist spot, and a ride to the top in the elevator offers the intrepid visitor some superb views across the metropolis.
In the summer months, Paris can be wonderfully warm and inviting. The city has an atmosphere all on its own, and of the best ways to sample it is by enjoying an evening stroll along the banks of the River Seine.