Paris, Bastille Day. Happy Birthday Isabel!

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July 14th 2011
Published: June 22nd 2013
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Today our little girl turned 12. And what a day it was! We started with with a Muse Clues Tour of the Louvre - a birthday surprise. After our customary pain au chocolat for breakfast, we wandered over to the Arc du Carousel to meet our guide Davinia. It turned out she was English, with a degree in art history and a particular focus on architecture. She was an absolute gem - warm, friendly and she... Read Full Entry

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Talking the finer points of SculptureTalking the finer points of Sculpture
Talking the finer points of Sculpture

Davinia pointed out all the reasons Venus de Milo is more famous than this similar sculpture, even though this one is complete!
Can you spot the difference?Can you spot the difference?
Can you spot the difference?

Will the real Venus de Milo please stand up?
Arago MedallionArago Medallion
Arago Medallion

We would never have noticed this little bronze medallion on the floor of the Louvre. It marks the Paris meridian line, and there are over 100 in pavements and floors across Paris.

One of the many that Davinia expertly guided us through!
Why was Da Vinci a master?Why was Da Vinci a master?
Why was Da Vinci a master?

One of the many things Davinia taught us about - No matter which side you stand on, the Mona Lisa is always looking at you! This is a view from the right.
View from the LeftView from the Left
View from the Left

See, she's still looking at you!
Davinia and the childrenDavinia and the children
Davinia and the children

She was absolutely fantastic. Who else could keep a 6-year-old AND a 12-year-old transfixed for 4 hours in the Louvre!

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