Mona Lisa at Louvre

I was supposed to write another post directly after the one about my Permobil, but apparently I forgot all about it. It's a tad optimistic to think that I'm supposed to remember everything we've done since that, but I'll try to sum up the most eventful parts anyway. On Monday we went to Louvre, you know.. when my wheelchair broke down, to have a look around and maybe catch a glimpse of the famous "Mona Lisa". Unfortunately the museum was closing as we approached for tickets, so we decided to just have a look around instead. We quickly found Le Carrousel du Louvre, and with it a futuristic and very nice Apple Store! Øyvind "secretly" wanted the new iPad 2, so we went in to check it out.. and suddenly we had a new "Apple baby" in our family. Now, I've never been interested in the whole iPad ordeal, I use my Kindle for reading, and I have my MacBook, but Øyvind kept insisting on showing me different apps, games, the graphic, until I was completely starstruck.

Tuesday went by without anything happening because of my wheelchair malfunction, we had Chinese takeout in our hotel room (the very best I've ever had). When my wheelchair was back up and running on Wednesday, we decided to take a trip back to Louvre while the museum was open. By then I had decided to spend a good potion of my vacation fun money on a shiny iPad for myself, and so we went back to the gorgeous Apple Store. Amazingly enough the sales lady actually remembered us (maybe not so weird, I'm kinda easy to remember with the wheelchair and all), as well as the customizations for the iPad we had bought two days earlier, so I got mine in a few minutes. We then ventured on to Louvre, and headed straight for "Mona Lisa". Sadly none of us are particularly interested in art, so we didn't really stay that long, but some of the huge paintings were quite impressive! When we finally found "Mona Lisa" there was a huge crowd of people there, but I was quickly guided in front of everyone so I could actually see the famous painting. I've been feeling like a queen ever since we came to Paris: Norway has a lot to learn about how to treat disabled people, that's for sure. Just as when we went to Notre Dame last year, I had this strange feeling while at the Louvre. There's something oddly powerful by looking at paintings you've only heard or read about, knowing that some world-famous person has been standing in front of the exact same piece, actually creating it. It's hard to explain, it's something that has to be experienced I think.

I'm not sure what happened on Thursday. We possibly spent the days somewhere close to the hotel, playing with our iPads or something. I mean, it's genius! With the iPad I'm finally able to play board games with Øyvind without any hassle, and it so much easier to use than I ever imagined. When the evening came we had planned to go to Jardin du Luxembourg to look at the Bastille Day fireworks, but unfortunately the park closed early - and even though we tried walking around the park to catch a glimpse of it, we could only hear it. Oh well, possibly next year? At least we had a nice walk.