Monday, July 19, 2010

Quick, very quick, Paris Getaway!

This past weekend we had a speedy trip to Paris. And I finally got to see the Louvre and Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa!
This is the Greek Venus De Milo, the Goddess of Love or Aphrodite of Milos.
And here DH and I finally got our turn to pose with the famous Mona Lisa. The crowds were huge and the portrait is really very small, but thrilling to finally see! It is believed she is La Gioconda, the wife of the Italian merchant Francesco del Giocondo.
I'm not sure who this bust is of, but its old.
We had a bite to eat on one of the balcony cafes over looking the courtyard. The Louvre is really old and really big, each of the buildings was originally a palace that the kings had added during their reigns. This is the famous glass pyramid.
We did a sight seeing bus tour of Paris, of course, and saw many of the beautiful works of art the city has to offer. This obelisk was given to one of the French Kings by a real Egyptian Pharoh a long time ago.
And the decadent Moulin Rouge!
Of course the Eiffel Tower or the Tour de Eiffel. We saw it at night when it was all lit up, just beautiful!
And our hotel was on the famous Champ de Elysee where the Arc de Triomphe, built by Napoleon Bonaparte, is. We could see it, along with the Eiffel Tower, from the balcony in our room. It was a fast, but fun trip and we plan to go back when we can stay longer so we can see the Rodin Museum, Fontainebleau and Versailles.

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