Really enjoyed your photos of the Eiffel Tower, and also the magnificent views from the Eiffel Tower! This is such a great TR. Oh, you made reference to the Montmartre section. My parents visited France over 30 years ago, and I remember my mother loved that section, as there were many artists there. (My parents bought a painting.)
I also teach my first graders a unit which is half Mesopotamia, half Ancient Egypt. Another reason to go to Paris!June 23
Well we made it inside the Louvre and headed to the Richelieu wing where the Mona Lisa is. We came across the winged victory statue right away. Somehow we missed the paper maps of the museum and tried using the online one but it was bad. Eventually I found a map that was in French and one in Spanish that had been discarded on a bench by a visitor and I figured between all of us we could use it to figure it out. Eventually I also found some English ones but that was right before we were going to leave. But it was a good lesson to take some time and look for the information stand right away.
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Brad and I had recently watch the Medici's series (I think on Netflix) so we were hyper aware of anything Medici or Botticelli and in the Louvre they had a special section that was highlighted to them.
I liked this one of the school of women.
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Finally we made it to the area of the Mona Lisa. Last time we were at the Louvre there wasn't any queue system like they use now, but people were still pushy to get through the line, I stopped to take a picture of the painting below and one lady just pushed past all four of us because I had left a small gap and then in front of Mona it was a free-for-all to get to the front to take pictures. Once I wormed my way to the front I had to really hold my ground and take up extra space so all 4 of us could get pictures. I also had to literally pull A past some people that wouldn't move because they were waiting for my spot and she said excuse me a few times. I guess worming my way through crowds was a skill I learned in college bars and perfected at Disney.
Anyway, this painting was a lot larger but I focused on this area. I thought it was funny that Jesus was supposed to be the center of attention in the painting but the kids are just focused on the dog. Part of what I thought was funny was the way his head is thrown back and all the attention by the kids is on the dog and even that guy is reaching for the dog it was a like a "don't they know who I am moment?" and the dog is all snuggled in like he's thinking "yep everyone loves me". I don't know maybe it was just me in the moment that found it funny, B wasn't as amused as me.
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And here is me and Mona and Mona on her own.
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Sometimes people forget that the Louvre was once a palace and there is incredible art work on many of the ceilings so I had to keep remembering to look up. Unfortunately it was hot enough they had to close the room with the royal jewels and that has a great ceiling.
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For some reason we had a heck of a time finding the Venus de Milo. I think it is because we left B in charge of the map, he is bad with directions. But we found her.
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This vase reminded us all of the Disney movie Hercules.
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After that we headed into the Egyptian section. I teach mostly science but also have a social studies class and we study Egypt so I took quite a few pictures to show the class. These are just a few of my favorites.
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Take a picture of the sign and use Goggle lens. It will translate it for you. It also works good for menus.We made sure we stopped to look at them whenever we saw them in the city. Even though they were in French we could understand enough to figure out the significance of the site.
I laughed to myself that I said I should go to Paris because I teach about Ancient Egypt.
Take a picture of the sign and use Goggle lens. It will translate it for you. It also works good for menus.
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