Tuesday, August 9, 2011

VACATION ~ PARIS ~ PART EIGHT

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Wednesday June 22, 2011
The Louvre

Well it was pouring when I left today. I got a cab to the Louvre. I spent about 5 hours walking around. I saw the Mona Lisa, The Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus De Milo. I really enjoyed myself. Had a nice lunch of Quiche, Pasta Salad, Lemon cake and coffee. I did a little shopping in the gift shop for a few small items. Then I walked around outside in the boutique area. Stopped and had an apricot crepe with ice cream and water. It was a nice day and my legs were very tired when I was done. And you will never guess what happened......the sun came out!

I took several pictures of art work that caught my eye. I was very surprised to see painting of nursing babies which you don't normally see. Mark explained that to me but I forgot why. It use to be that they would remove the breast and penis on many statues. They did not turn me off, I thought they were beautiful. (I did take a picture of most of the signs next to these painting so if you really want to know who painted something let me know) Oh and the men standing in a circle, kinda in the center, I didn't get the name of this one but I called it "Men looking at their penis's." Also that is a statue of St. Mary Magdalene in the top left corner.



I thought the painting of Venus and the Graces offering gifts to a girl Christ was very modern looking for a painting that was painted in 1476-1479. Of course the Mona Lisa was awesome to see. The crowds of people around it was amazing. It's not easy taking a picture of something that is covered by protective glass.


I thought these pottery pieces were beautiful and I loved the Venus and the Graces offering gifts to a girl which is the painting in the lower left corner and on the right center.


Some of the sweet I saw while window shopping.




These chandeliers were just so beautiful. I know my friend Kristin likes them. Most of these were taken at the Louvre and one is from the room of mirrors at Versailles.


This was a great day and I was sorry that Mark had to miss it. This was one of the places he wanted to go see. I would have waited until Friday to go with him but he decided that he wanted to go to Versailles on our last day in Paris.


Only 9 more days!




19 comments:

Mara said...

Did you visit the gardens at Versailles as well? My sister and I had a fantastic time there. Mind you, the weather was really good as well then!

In Europe we don't mind much about the nudity in paintings and artwork. And a statue with its bits lobbed off, looks weirder and more unnatural than when it still has it all!

Kelly @ Sufficient Grace Ministries said...

Debby...what an adventure you are having. I feel like you're taking us along with you in a way. (Which is probably the closest I'll ever get to Paris anyway!!) Enjoy!!

Kathy ... better known as Nana said...

I just love the pictures and descriptions you're sharing with us ... as Kelly said, this is probably the closest I'll ever get to Paris (or Europe), so I'm definitely enjoying your vacation wrap-ups. ;-)

Renegades said...

Those light fixtures are amazing. They look beautiful I bet they were looking at them.

Nichol said...

Wow those chandeliers are beautiful. And we won't even talk about the sweets, I would have bought one of every kind:)

Michelle said...

Debby your lunch sounds delish!
I would especially like the Quiche.

The statues, paintings and pottery pieces are interesting.
Thanks for sharing them with us.

Randi Troxell said...

another awesome paris post... i think i'm gonna be a little sad when they are done.. i've enjoyed them so much... hope you are having a fabulous time!!

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

That is one place I would love to visit. What a fest for the eyes.

ModernMom said...

Oh what a great re-cap of your day! You have inspired me. I still have not organized my pictures from my trip. I simply must do that before I forget all the small details:)

Sarah (Nikki) said...

wow!!!!double wow!!!! what an amazing trip you`re on. Love those chandeliers.....

Kristie said...

How awesome to see all that art that many of us only hear about and see in books/online.

I love how beautifully the sweets are displayed! And the chandeliers are amazing...I feel sorry for the person who has to clean them!

Together We Save said...

Oh wow - your pictures are wonderful! What an amazing trip!

xinex said...

So nice to see all these famous art work, Debby,. We never went inside the Louvres, we did not have anough time....Christine

Kerri said...

wow those pictures are awesome! i wish i could eat those sweets ha! i would of loved to seen everything!

Amy said...

wow love the art and those lights are amazing.. How fun.. too bad for Mark..

Cherie said...

We visited Versailles two years ago and it is one of my favorite places so I will be looking for your post!

The Louvre is just awesome!! The first time we were in Paris 12 years ago the city went on strike and I had saved The Louvre for the last day and it was shut down - I was CRUSHED!!! So when we went to Paris last time we went there first - I learned my lesson!!

P.S. "Men looking at their penis's" Ha Ha you crack me up!

Tonja said...

Yes. Yes, I think you are right. That is definately men looking at their penises. How funny.

Loved all the beautiful pictures. I would love to visit there someday....such wonderful things to see!

I enjoyed catching up with your previous days, too. What a trip!

Laura said...

WOW! Again to see that you saw all these things in person blows my mind!!!! And "Men looking at their penises cracks me up!!! I could take a picture of my boys on some days and use that same caption! tee hee hee! (and those desserts look soooooooo yummy!)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Oh wow that art would be so amazing to see in person. I'm loving the cherub shhsing.

I almost spit my coffee out men looking at their penis's ... hehe

The sweets would be calling my name! Your dessert looks very yummy!

Those chandeliers with the ceilings are just beautiful!

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