Sunday, June 19, 2011

Paris, France

Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars. The names of all French victories and generals are inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Uknown Soldier from World War I.

Built between 1887-1889. It was originally the entrance to a World's Fair where a centennial celebration for the French Revolution took place.  The tower is 1063 feet tall.

Goverment building near the Eiffel Tower.

Daniele da Volterra, was an Italian mannerist painter and sculptor.
He is best remembered for his association with the Michelangelo.
This painting is displayed in the middle of one of the long Louvre corridors. It stands alone, so that you are allowed to walk all the way around it and see the back as well.

This is the only painting I have ever seen that displayed views from both back and front.  It was incredible and the title is Combat de David et Goliath.  JP was dying to find a print and I was able to do it for a father's day surprise!

One of the most famous paintings in the world.  I have to admit it was anticlimatic once we got to it.  You walk through the Louvre and see huge paintings, statues and other wonders and then you run into the Mona Lisa.  Tons of tourists are surrounding it and it is roped off, dispayed behind glass and very small.  I wish I could have studied it, but it was just too crowded.

The gorgeous and HUGE! 
If you read The Da Vinci Code, you immediately starting comparing what the book descrided to what you were seeing.

Two ladies walking that were too cute to forget.

The area surrounding the Louvre is very pretty.  We stopped at an outdoor cafe for wine and crepes.

Streets of Paris.

Paris has a New York vibe, but the city is much cleaner and way more gorgeous.

Husle and Bustle...lots of people ride motorcycles in Paris.


Lucky Mama said...

Gorgeous! You must be having the time of your life!

Jan said...

Thanks for the little tour through Paris. Superb photos! You add great commentary as well. It looks like you all had a wonderful time.