Paris: Olympic Games Pop Quiz (Meet me at the Louvre!)
By Theadora Brack
Calling all Quiz Masters back to the stadium because I’m still feeling the void left behind after they extinguished the flame. Saluting the closing of the London 2012 Olympic Games, I’ve crafted a new riddle for the road. So fasten your seat belts because it’s time for some bumpy time travel.
We’ll also take a spin around the Louvre with a few of my chiton-clad friends. Bygone it, Atalanta—Ready! Set! Bolt!
Identify the Olympic Champion on the right in the top photograph. Tickling the bonus points, tell us how long it took Odile, Arthur, and Franz to run through the Louvre in Godard’s “Bande à part” film. Stop. Did I just spot the Nike of Samothrace?
1. Wind it back to the 1924 Paris Olympic Games at Colombes, France.
2. “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (Faster, Higher, Stronger) became the official motto.
3. And Bigger. The Games of the VIII Olympiad were the first to boast a closing ceremony, an Olympic Village with hot and cold running water, and a 50-meter pool with marked lanes, to boot.
4. After our mysterious mer-man in the photograph above won gold in 1924 and 1928, he went on to become an underwear model and actor. “Hooray for Hollywood,” as my film buff Aunt Doris would say!
Now let’s skip to the Louvre
Métro: Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre, 1st arrondissement
Tip! I recommend buying your museum tickets in advance on the second floor of the Carrousel du Louvre. Keep your eyes peeled for the ticket machines, located next to the escalators. Most credit cards are accepted.
Book Hunters: The Louvre museum book shop not only discounts catalogs from its previous exhibitions up to 60% off their original cost, but also carries current and back issues of “albums de l’exposition.” Published by Beaux Arts Magazine, Connaissance des Arts, or the Louvre itself, these slim gems are lightweight and affordable, costing a few euros a pop.
You’ll find books and catalogs on the first floor, while the textiles, decorative arts hold court on the second level. Watch out for the Marie Antoinette section. Take heed: alluring and glittery souvenirs beckon on both levels. (Do keep your head.) Also, gift-wrapping with miles of ribbon is free, no matter the price or size of your purchase. You just have to request it. Your cat sitter (and cat) will thank you.