The evolution of Love in the Louvre museum in Lens

How do we love? How has love evolved throughout the history of man? Visit the Louvre museum in Lens (not in Paris) between September 26th, 2018, and January 21st, 2019, to find out and learn more about this interesting topic!

The way people have looked upon love, spoken about love, and portrayed love, has all changed a lot throughout history. There have been times when falling in love has almost been a sin, while love has been romanticized in other parts and times of history. This can also be seen and followed looking at paintings and sculptures made by famous artists. If you decide to visit the Louvre museum in Lens in this period, you will have the chance to do exactly so… go for a walk and discover the evolution of love through famous paintings and sculptures.

Ps: We normally only write about exhibitions in Paris, but we have made an exception or this interesting exhibition.

The Love exhibition in Louvre

The exhibition will portray more than 250 artworks, and it will display pictures belonging to the following groups: Seduction, Worship, Passion, Relationship, Pleasures, Romanticism, and Freedom. The artworks on display are made by artists such as Memling, Fragonard, Delacroix, Canova, Rodin, and Claudel.

1868 Carolus-Duran, "The kiss", 1868, oil on canvas Lille, Palais des Beaux-Arts © RMN-GP / H. Lewandowski

1868 Carolus-Duran, “The kiss”, 1868, oil on canvas Lille, Palais des Beaux-Arts © RMN-GP / H. Lewandowski

If you want to know more about this exhibition in the Louvre in Lens, visit the homepage of the exhibition. If you want to visit Lens for the sake of this exhibition, the address of the museum is 99, rue Paul Bert, 62300 Lens. The travel time from Paris to Lens with a car is around 200km and should take approximately 2 hours (depending on traffic and your starting point in Paris).

Would you rather read more about exhibitions and events in Paris? At the following site, you can read more about upcoming events and exhibitions in Paris.

Do not forget to visit our Paris Guide for more information about attractions, sights, activities, and recommended programs during your trip to Paris. And, if you need to pee while walking the streets of Paris, check out this article on the outdoor pissoirs in the city.

New pissoirs in Paris – Do you like them?

Paris has gotten some extra attention in international media lately because of their new eco-friendly pissoirs (urinals). Take a look at them yourself and tell us what you think!

Open-air urinals in Paris -

Open-air urinals in Paris – Source: CNN

The open-air urinals are created in order to make men urinate less in the streets of Paris. That is a nice thing, and Paris is not the first city to create such open-air urinals in the middle of a city. If you travel to Amsterdam you can see very similar things.

The urinals in Paris are colored red, and they have plants at the top of them. The urinals have a straw layer to make sure that there will be no smell, and the pee itself will be turned into nutrients that can later be used in parks and for plants all around Paris. So, the intention is noble.

There have been some similar open-air urinals in Paris for a while, but the most recent addition has made people both complain and laugh.

Watch the Seine while you pee in Paris - Source: CNN

Watch the Seine while you pee in Paris – Source: CNN

The newest open-air pissoir in Paris is located next to the River Seine. This gives the needy a beautiful view while peeing, but it gives a special view to the tourists enjoying a peaceful ride on the River Seine. A tourist cannot watch the noble parts of the person peeing, but they can watch the facial expression of the one doing so, and that is too much for some people.

So, what do you think about the new open-air urinals in Paris? Do you like them? Would you mind having such a pissoir located near where you live in your hometown? 

A beautiful night-shot

Paris is a beautiful city, but it is hard to catch the real beauty of the city in a photo. But, there are some photographers able to get the beauty on camera, and this picture is an example of that.

A beautiful night-shot of Paris. Picture from Pixabay.
A beautiful night-shot of Paris! Source: Pixabay

We didn’t make the photo ourselves, because to make such an image, you need very expensive equipment and a lot of training. We don’t have the expensive equipment, nor the training, so we focus on writing about Paris instead. But, we hope you will enjoy this amazing picture, and that it will inspire you to visit Paris sometime soon.

We will post more fantastic pictures from Paris in the near future, so stay tuned!

Public screening of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Paris

The FIFA World Cup 2018 will have its kickoff in two days. But, will there be public screenings in Paris? What about the area in front of Hotel de Ville (City Hall)?

During the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and during Euro 2016 big screens were placed in front of Hotel de Ville in the heart of Paris, and thousands of people gathered to watch the matches. But, the world isn’t as easy as it once was, and due to terrorist attacks and terrorist threats, very strict rules have been made when it comes to showing football matches on outdoor areas in Paris.

Public screenings in Paris

An official from the ministry have said: “I remind all publicly-elected officials of the fact that ‘big screen’ zones are completely forbidden in public spaces.” This is quite similar to what’s going on in Brussels, where public screenings have been banned, but there are some exceptions. And, there might be some exceptions in Paris as well.

During the European Championship in 2016, there were dedicated fan zones in the ten “host” cities in France. These were all heavily guarded and protected, and thus they managed to keep terrorist attacks away. But, this time there will be no official places guarded and protected, and thus local event managers will have to do the job themselves if they want to have a public screening somewhere. But, not only will they have to arrange with the security, protection, controls, and guards, but they will also have to pay the bill for the entire program themselves. And, that will be a tough nut to crack, and for that reason, we do not expect there to be public screenings of the FIFA World Cup outdoors in Paris.

But, if you really want to watch the FIFA World Cup with friends in Paris, why not visit a pub instead? There are quite a lot of sports-bars in Paris, and beneath you can find the name and website of some good places you could go.

These could be good options if you want to watch the World Cup in Paris. The matches will be broadcasted mostly by TF1 in France, meaning that you can also watch them on the TV in your hotel room.

You can find a full World Cup schedule right here. If you want more instructions on how you could possibly stream the matches on the Internet (if you want to watch it on BBC/ITV in the UK instead of TF1 in France), check this site.

When will France play?

France will play their first match in the FIFA World Cup against Australia on June 16th (in four days from now). They will then play against Peru on June 21st, and their last group stage match will be against Denmark on June 26th. They have ended up in a tough group, and especially Denmark and Peru should be considered tough opponents. Neither of the teams has lost in more than 10 matches, but that might have changed before France will play against the teams on June 21st and June 26th. Denmark will play against Peru on June 16th, so that will be an interesting match to follow for those looking to watch some great football matches.

Eugène Delacroix in the Louvre Museum [Exhibition]

DelacroixThe last big exhibition about Eugène Delacroix in Paris was held in 1963, 200 years after the French painters’ death. But, now it is time for a new exhibition for those who want to know more about one of the most famous French painters’ of all time.

This exhibition presenting more than 180 works of Delacroix is a cooperation between the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Louvre museum in Paris. The exhibition opened on March 29th in 2018 and will remain available and open until July 23rd. Do not miss out on it if you are a fan of magnificent art, as we have no clue when such a big Delacroix exhibition will come to Paris in the future again.

Would you like to read more about other events in Paris? Or maybe you want to find out more about the most famous attractions in Paris? Look around in our Paris Guide and get inspired.