If you are in the French capital for a short time and canâ€™t make it to the Palace of Versailles, one of the best things to do in Paris to get your opulence fix is a visit to the Napoleon apartments at the Louvre.
Located in the museumâ€™s Richelieu wing, these rooms continue to hold the luxury enjoyed (and probably expected) by the Emperor and his council.
Itâ€™s impossible to imagine a life lived in the gold and velvet splendor of these quarters. It holds an aura of formality. Even when a comfortable arm chair pops up, itâ€™s accented by ornate lamps and vases.
The furnishings are works of art, carefully carved, polished and upholstered. And then there are the works of art – murals, paintings, vases, sculptures, mirrors, chandeliers and clocks, each more exquisite than the other.
Along with the very lavish public rooms, private rooms are also open to the public. They are smaller, and a little cozier, but look closer and youâ€™ll notice the intricate and impressive antiquities and accents.
Even if you donâ€™t enjoy museum visits, the apartments can be pretty interesting, besides it’s an opportunity for taking some great photos!
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