From a window in the Louvre
Looking into the courtyard of the Louvre. The Louvre is shaped like a really long horseshoe. This shot is looking down the two "wings" of the horseshoe.
Sorry about no blog yesterday, we nearly killed ourselves by spending about nine hours in the Louvre... that's more than a day's work! Sheesh. It was, of course, very interesting to see the amazing works of art by the Great Masters; in addition we saw the Egyptian collection, the recently excavated medieval Louvre, and the objets d'art. Dan loved the architechtural details in the paintings by Van der Heyden and many of the other Dutch masters. Cathleen enjoyed the two Vermeer paintings (the Astrologer
and the Lacemaker
) as well as some of the jewelry on display. It was a long day but it was well worth all the walking.
This morning we headed back to Notre Dame and climbed the bell towers, another activity well worth the price (in Euros and footsteps). Inside the belfry, the walls are lined with huge timbers to protect the masonry from the vibrations and which help to project the sound of the bells down. The bells are not original, as the Revolutionaries melted down the original bells for their cause, but we did get to hear them chime twice while we were up there, and they sound beautiful. After a wonderful lunch with a
Eiffel Tower at Night
Eiffel Tower peeking over the top of the Musee d'Orsay (the building with the clock tower, formerly a train station).
bottle of wine we visited the Museum of the Middle Ages and the Baths of Cluny. The building is one of two secular medieval buildings left in Paris, and it was built on the ruins of the Roman baths. Interesting stuff to see, although it might have been more interesting if we hadn't seen similar objects in the Louvre yesterday.
We hope to update the blog again tomorrow, our last full day in Paris. We won't have computer access (well, without paying for it) in the Alps, but we love the emails and comments we're getting! Keep 'em coming!
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