THE MONA LISA GALLERY IS THE MOST FAMOUS (I WONDER WHY) AND THE MOST CROWDED WITH VISITORS JOSTLING EACH OTHER TO BE RIGHT IN FRONT TO GAWK, GASP AND GROVEL AT THE WOMAN WHOSE SMILE OR SMIRK RATHER, CONTINUES TO FASCINATE.
See the way the eyes of Mona Lisa appear to follow you as you walk sideways! Of course this is an impossible feat as there are dozens of homo sapiens to your left and right. The only way you can walk like a crab is 20 metres away and by then you cannot see Mona Lisa's eyes.
Strangely the Louvre calls her La Joconde which is her real name and 'Mona Lisa' appears below as an afterthought!
The portrait is behind bullet proof glass so no mentally deranged idiot can scratch, splash ink, knife or damage it. It is also 3 metres away from the nearest visitor and 3 guards stand on each side.
Big signs on either side warn of pickpockets! So many visitors are struck speechless and motionless and emotionless by the vision of Mona Lisa that their wallets are pickpocketed! The theft is made easier since everyone is pushing, pummeling and pressing each other to get near so it can be easy for a professional pickpocket to slip his dirty fingers into your pocket or handbag!
So be careful.
THIS WAY TO MONA LISA OR LA JOCONDE, HER REAL NAME