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Louvre Day

We found a bike station, released two bikes and were off through the streets to the Louvre.

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A view from the inside, looking out.

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We started with a walk, through a medieval castle.

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Our audio guide was a Nintendo 3DS, we each had our own. It had an interactive map that knew our location and would auto play music and information of the room we were in. We had access to all the rooms and could see pictures of the rooms, allowing us to see its contents before hand.

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Before we entered the Egyptian History wing we were greeted by the largest Sphinx outside of Egypt. If I remember correctly, it was around 5.4 meters from the front paws to the rear.

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Osiris’s Tomb. Spent a good 7 minutes inspecting this thing while the audio guide told us its story.

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We then saw some of the Persian Empire.

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Imagine 36 of these, spread in uniform, holding the ceiling of a grand hall.

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On to Greek and Roman sculptures.

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Sleeping Hermaphroditus sculpted out of marble, by Italian artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1620. The image has a woman’s body with breasts, but also has a penis. The mattress she is resting on was added later.

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Diana of Versailles, or Diana the huntress.
This is a Roman copy (1st or 2nd century AD) of a lost Greek bronze original.

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Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss

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They once held a massive bowl.

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Athena
She is wearing an aegis, on her chest, adorned with the head of Medusa.

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Venus De Milo
Discovered in 1820 on the island of Melos. She was found without arms and it has always been a mystery of what she might of been doing with her left arm and what her name is.

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Winged Victory of Samothrace

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You can spend a lot of time listening to information on one of these paintings, studying it with many perspectives.

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The grand hall where many mid size paintings resided.

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My favorite piece.
The Wedding Feast at Cana
The biggest painting in the Louvre. The wine has run out and Jesus tells the cup bearers to fill the vases with water and serve them to the guests. When the vases are poured, wine comes out. I like the fact that no one is talking in this photo, yet you can see the discussions.

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The Mona Lisa

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Liberty Leading The Way

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The Raft of Medusa

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Some of these pictures were giant. Here is a human for scale.

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The Coronation of Napolean

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We had a great time at the Louvre. We spent a good five hours there and still had plenty more we didn’t get to see. The place is huge with 4 levels and would take a full day or two to see everything inside. Using the Nintendo as a guide made our visit more educational and fun. All the pictures, sculptures, and artifacts have stories, some short and some long, but they are all worth listening to if you have the time.