Red - the blood of angry men!
Black - the dark of ages past!
Red - a world about to dawn!
Black - the night that ends at last!
- The ABC Cafe, Les Mis
First, check out this article, then come back.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm about as American as they come, but something about this just smells sooooo wrong. Seriously? A McDonald's, in the Louvre?
I love me a Royal with Cheese just as much as the next guy. And McDonald's fries? Someone should definitely give some thought to adding them to the DEA's Schedule I. I just don't feel like smelling them as I head in to visit Mona and some of the world's greatest art treasures.
McDonald's at the Air&Space's Udvar-Hazy Center? Fine, no problemo. Let the kiddies go to town on their Happy Meals. The Golden Arches near the Cour Napoleon and the Louvre Pyramid? Ehhh....not so much.
I've never been to the Louvre, but I hope to go someday soon. In fact, earlier this year, I gave my best friend a ration of shit for visiting Paris on his honeymoon and not going to the Louvre. This was before he told me he and the wife were only there a short time and went to Notre Dame de Paris instead and there was a strike of some kind messing things up. A toss-up, but life holds some hard choices.
Putting a Micky D's in the Louvre should not one of them.
According to the Daily Telegraph, this is what one art historian had to say: "This is the pinnacle of exhausting consumerism, deficient gastronomy and very unpleasant odors in the context of a museum."
I'm forced to agree.