Taken at the Louvre. I must confess I did pay just to meet my fellow Mona, but the short trip to the Louvre (I was too tired to make 2 more steps to other rooms) made me think a lot about what it means to be a tourist. It's in the times of most suffering and boredom that I realize how stressful it is to be a traditional tourist. You have to plan everything carefully, there's no time to rest or eat sometimes and you get cranky if you don't accomplish something. That was Paris was for me for two out of the 3 days I spent in there. The last day I did 3 things, but it felt awesome to get to the train station and just sit down and feel the warm air and actually see people, not just tourists. The Louvre is fantastic, I mean, as an Art student, there's more than just the building and the Mona Lisa, there's also the people in there. The ones that make the Mona Lisa so famous and big. The ones that keep paying for the one minute trip. I found it very interesting to catch them, you see the look in their faces. I don't think Da Vinci ever thought how big this was going to be. It's a tiny painting, and the woman in the picture is creepy as hell, but people go through hours of walking and stress just to see her. So, this my fellow Flickrians, this is the power of art.