Musee du Louvre
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October 17th, 2005 – by: jmaretich
The main attraction is the Mona Lisa, which is painted on a wood. I prefer sculpture and sought out the Venus de Milo. It was taller than I expected and unfortunately, is showing some age. Our museum guide pointed out the drill holes on her right arm and head. She was found with them and it is theorized that at one time she wore a headband and armband. Any ideas as to what position her arms might have been?
We were "guided" or herded through a two and a half hour tour, designed to show us the highlights.
Hammarabbi's Code was first on my list so with a little help from the information desk, I found it. The king inscribed all his laws on the six foot polished "obelisk" so no man could claim ignorance of the law. I also hunted for and found the "Seated Scribe". Colors were still quite vivid, which reminds me, my wife and I were astonished at how bright the colors were on nearly all the paintings.
With great reluctance, I left the Louvre. Being a teacher, it is thrilling to see in front of me what I have only seen in textbooks with my students for so many years. The awe and wonder never get old when I see something like this.
As Arnold said in The Terminator, "I'll be back!"
Next we strolled down the Tulleries toward the Arc de Triomphe. We encountered a lot of families and art students along the way. Young boys sailing small boats in a pond, dozens of students sketching away, the Obelisk, and several sites greeted us along the way. A very peaceful and pleasant way to wind down before dinner.
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