Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The Louvre is Free!

Well, it's free on the first Sunday of every month.
We held off on our trip to this fine museum until Sunday because we're tight farts. The plan was to get there early, which we did. Even though we were there early, the queue was huge! Thankfully the line moved rapidly.

When we got in, everybody wanted to see different things. George especially wanted to see the Egyptian exhibit. This is due in part to our visit to Egypt earlier in the year. We also have a slight interest in Champollion, the famous French Egyptologist as the school that participates in the exchange programme with George's school is in Figeac, where Mr Champollion was born.

I handed the camera over to George once we had decided where we wanted to go. He took all the photos inside the museum.We love Winged Victory. There is always a crowd around her. There is always a crowd around this beauty too:Have you noticed that neither of these classic representations of beauty aren't skinny? I bet that if these women were flesh and bone instead of marble, they wouldn't be able to find a single dress to fit them in all of Paris. I take great comfort in that.

By the way, they've moved Mona Lisa to a larger room that isn't as "tucked away" as before. There is better access and consequently, a much more pleasant experience.

My personal favourites are the large format French paintings by David and Delacroix.

Liberty Leading the People - Eugene Delacroix

Coronation of Napoleon -Jacques-Louis David

I am constantly astounded by Napoleon's ego!

It wasn't long after this photo was taken that we took off to get some lunch. A cheese and wine soaked affair!


Kell said...

I've enjoyed reading these posts so much! Thank you for sharing your trip with us. I'm enjoying living vicariously through you.

And I, too, take comfort in the sizes of women considered beauties. I've often said that with my curves and my size, if I was living in the 40s and 50s, I'd be a goddess!

claude said...

The queue is always huge, whatever the day and whether it's free or not! Great photos, George! Including the one of your Mom.
You made me feel like going to Le Louvre again.h

ohmy said...

great photos, George!!

susan said...

Wonderful photos! Do you see me turning green with envy???

sally said...

Great photos George!!

Jay said...

I'm so jealous! haha

I've loved your and George's photos and your trip report so much!

Tink said...

I am SO jealous!! What a great experience. Thank you for sharing it and the pictures.

Joy said...

These are some pretty great photos George! I love the one of you Peggy. Since I'll probably never see The Louvre...thanks for sharing it with me.