Tuesday, February 3, 2015

{Travel} European Vacation-Paris Day 6 (Musee de Louvre)

One thing at the the top of our must see list in Paris was The Louvre.
 We purchased our tickets in advance and picked them up at fnac.  We only needed two ticket as kids under 16 and students are free.  Purchasing our tickets in advance saved us from having to wait outside too long in the cold.
Once you enter the Louvre, you are inside the pyramid.
Of course we went straight to the Mona Lisa.  Yes, she's tiny and hard to get to.  You're pretty far back from her as well.
The other Italian masters didn't seem to be as popular.

Venus de Milo
 I loved the natural light.
 The Louvre is huge and you really need a few visits (or many!). It has 70,000 pieces of artwork and stretches over more than 650,000 square feet. That's a lot of walking!
 Looking out the window from inside.
 It started out as a fortress and a palace for French royalty.


This statue, Winged Victory of Samothrace was one of my favorites. 
 It was opened as a public museum in 1793.

Colossal statue of Ramesses II
This fireplace is so me, it has got the H and and everything.
After the Louvre we had lunch at Cafe St. Honore.
I can't remember exactly what this was, some kind of toasted cheese and veggie sandwich, I think?
 This view out of our window at night.
 We took a cab to Champs Elysees that night and got out near the Luxor Obelisk to get a better look at it.  The Luxor Obelisk was a gift from Egypt to France in the 19th century and once marked the entrance of the Luxor Temple.  
 This time we visited the Christmas market along the Champs Elysees.
 It was crazy busy so we decided to head back toward home and get dinner in our neighborhood.
We had dinner at Cafe Gustave and I tried yet another Salad Chevre Chaud.

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8 comments:

Bliss said...

I had no idea you wanted a half naked man on your mantel.

Tamar SB said...

Doesn't everyone want that fireplace in their house?

So jealous, I would LOVE To see this!

Love Of Quilts said...

Lots of food, they feed you well there.

Jessica @ Barefoot by the Sea said...

I remember learning about the Louvre in elementary school and from that point on developed an intense level of a fine art. I'm day I'll get there, I love seeing your pictures that depict your incredible visit. The food looks amazing as well!

Becky said...

That fireplace would be fab! Haha! Such beautiful pictures of the Louvre, it is massive and I was so confused when we inside. Why don't countries give each other gifts anymore,?

Creations By Cindy said...

Wonderful pictures! Food looks yummy! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Carla from The River said...

This is so much fun!!
Love how your are blogging this.

We just watched the movie The Monuments Men.
WOW! If all the art would have been lost.

Great post!

Dawn Gross said...

I love all the details of the Louvre. Fancy! And that fireplace - whoa!! What a great trip!

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