Monday, November 19, 2007
Our first stop in Paris was The Louvre. We saw some amazing pieces of art: Venus de Milo, Winged Victory which depicts the winged goddess Nike, many religious paintings, and, of course, The Mona Lisa. The Mona Lisa is displayed now in a climate controlled area behind bullet proof glass. It is said that 6 million people view this famous oil painting every year.
We also saw the glass pyramid recently immortalized in the movie, "The DaVinci Code". We saw the gallery where the film was shot at night. (They did not want to close the Museum for the shooting.) There is also a smaller inverted glass pyramid that when the sun hits it, acts as a prism casting a beautiful rainbow all over the floor.
Later on we took a cruise up and down the Seine River. We had magnificient views of the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre which was actually a former palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, lots of museums and the School of Fine Arts.
Well, we have one more day in Paris before we end our journey & fly home.