Thursday, July 23, 2009

The Louvre

Some of the highlights were: (Aphrodite) Venus de Milo, (La Joconde) Mona Lisa, Winged Nike (Victory) of Samothrace, the Code of Hammurabi, the Winged Bull from the palace of Sargon the Great, Seated Statue of Ramses II, Sarcophagus of a Married Couple, the Borghese Gladiator, Michaelangelo's Dying Slave, Psyche and Cupid, and many, many more. We also found some really cool math connections: a statue of a woman doing geometry and an Egyptian calculator. After the Louvre we wandered through the Tulieres Garden and saw Cleopatra's Needle - the Egyptian obelisk that once stood at the entrance to the Luxor Temple honoring Ramses II and now sits in the place where Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were guillotined. We then walked over to the Opera Garnier, famed for being the setting of Phantom of the Opera, and in an accidental sidetrip down a small street discovered the location of Harry's New York Bar (we still haven't remembered which movie that is famous from). Oh, I almost forgot, we ate lunch in the Louvre mall cafeteria overlooking the excavations of the medieval Louvre. Then took the opportunity of the mall to buy Juli some French perfume - two bottles no less!

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