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-- 31 January, 2005 --

Six Degrees of Seperation at the Louvre

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We went to the Louvre. Who in their right mind wouldn't when they were in Paris. Of course what you don't know is that it would take half a lifetime to fully appreciate all of the treasures in this magnificent complex of buildings. I have read 'The Di Vinci Code' and lots of articles that complain about the glass pyramid in the forecourt but it is really quite beautiful and is a perfect counterpoint to the period buildings of the rest of the Louvre.louvreart.gif

So where do you begin to see all that you can in one day. There is so much to see! Ancient art like this Etruscan sycophacus decoration, breathtaking sculpture galleries, even the buildings themselves are works of art. We sat to eat fabulous bagette sandwiches under this wonderful ceiling.

Naturally when in the Louvre you have to see the Mona Lisa. Having done so, all I can say is "I have seen the Mona Lisa". I was disappointed. It is small and dark and you have to aggressively shoulder your way through the crowds to get anywhere near it. What these sad people miss in their adoration is the much nicer Di Vinci paintings not very far away in the Italian gallery.

It seems that a the six degrees of seperation are alive and well. I was standing admiring a group of figures in a sculpture gallery when I heard behind me -

"Hello, Mrs Smith. Remember me?"

I turned to see a former Loreto student from 3 or 4 years ago. There is no escape! Even in Paris, half a world away, they find you.

Posted by robynls at January 31, 2005 8:17 PM

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I've been following your Parisienne adventures with ardent interest, Robyn -- thanks! I'm looking forward to being just a couple of hours away from Paris via the channel tunnel when we move to London later this year... then I can revisit old haunts...

Posted by: John Bailey at February 5, 2005 10:43 AM

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