On our second morning in Paris the weather turned to sleet so we hit the Louvre (again, go early or die in the queue of starvation). The kids wanted to see the Mona Lisa...yes, that's her in the distance :) Not my favorite picture by any stretch.
They've moved her since last time and put that screen over her and a barrier so you are so far away you can barely make out her features.
Some of the real (to me) beauties are hung on the wall within touching distance...
The Lacemaker by Johannes Vermeer painted around 1669. Probably worth millions. What I hadn't realized is the picture is tiny. 24 cm high, 21 cm wide. But so beautiful.
Even the ceilings were amazing...
My seven year old son was quite taken with the gory, bloody battle scenes that took up entire walls. But after we'd been to see 3 or 4 paintings that we just had to see (and a hundred galleries), we hit the kids' choice of destination...the mummies! They have a fantastic display of Sarcophagi and ancient carvings and jewelery raided from tombs, but I always feel a little uneasy with these sorts of exhibits. They always feel stolen, like the Elgin Marbles. Enough said, the kids loved it.
Odd to walk in the footsteps of such notables as Louis XIV and Napoleon.