Louvre and Love – Paris Day 3

A long awaited dream for Lisa, wandering the Louvre was sublime.

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The building is as magical as the art…

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… dividing the space in such a way that one doesn’t immediately feel lost or overwhelmed by the collection of 35,000.

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Originally a fortress built in the 12th century, the Palais du Louvre was converted into a museum in 1753. The Rotunde of Mars is one of the lovely remnants of Louvre as residence and the once summer apartment of Louis XIV’s mother, Anne of Austria.

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The venutian beauty abounds with Venus de Milo, the Greek sculpture believed to be a depiction of Aphrodite and dated between 130 and 100 avante de JC.

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Las Chicas and their gallant Paris tour guide, Troy, spend much of their visit among ancient Greek and Roman sculpture, such as Hermaphrodite…

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and also enjoy the dwarf experience next to the Mesopotamian Statue of Gilgamesh holding a lion.

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A few last “must see” stops. First to the Code of Hammunrabi, one of Mary’s top choices…

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and finally …

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… Lisa winds her way through the crowd for a glimpse of the Mona Lisa, mostly seen around camera lenses and and over people’s shoulders.

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Las Chicas and Troy emerge from history and antiquities to the theater where Molière wrote and performed…

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… and then onto a more contemporary Paris…

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… including the bridge of locks, a popular spot for couples to declare their love by attaching a lock to the bridge with their initials or their names.

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Rounding out the day’s sites with a visit to Notre Dame …

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… catching a glimpse of the river bus …

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… and then venturing back home to the French countryside to share the end of our Paris adventure evening with friends, new and old.

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© 2013 by Lisa Howells and Mary Reynolds. All rights reserved

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One response to “Louvre and Love – Paris Day 3

  1. Love, Love, Love Paris! What a wonderful birthday weekend! So great to read about your travels and see the beautiful photos!

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