The Lourve Museum is one of the largest and most visited museums in the world.  It was once the Lourve Palace until Louis XIV chose the Palace of Versailles for his residence and left the Lourve as a place to store his collections of paintings and sculptures.

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The architecture is absolutely amazing and overwhelming all at the same time.

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Since you could spend a lifetime in the museum and still not see it all, we decided to focus on some main points of interest.

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We started with Winged Victory of Samothrace from 190 B.C.  Interesting facts about her.  She once stood on a hilltop to commemorate a naval victory.  Originally, her right arm was stretched out and she was waving her “we’re number one” finger.  Nearby in a glass case at the museum is Victory’s finger.  It was found in 1950, a century after the statue was unearthed.  When the French discovered it was in Turkey, they negotiated for the rights to it.  Considering all the ancient treasures France had taken from Turkey in the past… Turkey found it only fitting to give France the finger (smirk).

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Next, we set our sights on Venus de Milo(Aphrodite) from 100 B.C.  Here are a few interesting facts about her.  She’s a size 14.  She is the perfect balance.  The S-curve that she makes with her body is still used today by photographers today as a flattering pose.

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Athena (She’s a replica.)

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The Gallery of Statues.

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Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci (1503-1506)  Facts about Mona Lisa.  This is a painting of Lisa de Giocondo.  She was the wife of a wealthy Florentine merchant.  It was originally called La Gioconda (La Joconde in French) which meant “happy woman.”  I cannot tell if she is happy or not.  What say you?

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We saw many other paintings, statues, and artifacts as time would allow.

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The detailing throughout the Lourve is simply stunning.  Everywhere you look is eye candy, even the ceilings.

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When we came out of the Lourve, the sun was setting.

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Some things are easily captured with a camera, but this was the perfect end to our day and it was breathtaking.

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