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Travel the World

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S: Europe 2010

1: Paris

7: The 28 statues are the Kings of Judah. During the French Revolution they were mistaken for French kings, and the citizens beheaded the statues. They were buried in someone's backyard nearby, and found in 1977.

8: The Portal of the Virgin, dedicated to the patroness of the cathedral, is usually the exit door for modern visitors. It was sculpted second of the three portals in the 1210s-1220s. | The central west portal was sculpted last of the three, in the 1220s and 1230s, and its theme is the Last Judgment. | The Portal of St. Anne was the first of the three west portals to be installed (c.1200). | The guy carrying his head was the bishop of Paris, St Denis. He was beheaded for his faith. The story is he got up, tucked his head under his arm, headed north, paused at a fountain to wash if off, and continued until he found just the right place to meet his maker. Apparently, the Parisians were convinced by this miracle, Christianity gained ground, and the church was built.

10: The only one of the three rose windows still with its original medieval glass. | Side View of Notre Dame. The church can hold 10,000 people.

11: The beast sticking out from the pillars represent souls caught between heaven and earth...they also function as rainspouts!

12: The Deportation Memorial - To the 200,000 French victims of the Nazi concentration camps. | The Latin Quarter | Saint-Séverin | Place St. Michel | Left Bank Booksellers

13: The Creation in Genesis in the first window on the left. The second shows the life of Moses and more Moses in the third. | Inside of Sainte- Chapelle. There are 15 separate panels of stained glass (2/3 of it 13th century originals), with more than 1100 different scenes, covering the entire Christian history of the world. | The rose-shaped window depicting Judgment Day.

14: "Liberty" "Equality" "Brotherhood" | Palais de Justice, home of the French Supreme Court. | On the other side of the gate next to the courthouse is the Conciergerie, the prison famous as the last stop for 2780 victims of the guillotine including Marie-Antoinette.

15: Dinner our first night just a couple of blocks from our hotel -- excellent people watching position! | Beautiful! On the Right Bank the Louvre, and the Left Bank the Orsay with the pedestrian only pont des Arts connecting the two. | Statue of Henry IV near pont Neuf - the oldest bridge in Paris, which he built. Place Dauphine in the RU corner

17: 1) Parc du Champ de Mars leading up to the École Militaire, 2) Napoleon's tomb, 3) The Louvre, 4) Montmartre -- Sacré-Cur Basilica, 5) The Pont Alexandre III, 6) Trocadéro, 7) Arc de Triomphe, 8) Notre Dame, 9) Our hotel...we think. | Views from the Top

18: Trocadéro and downtown Paris in the disance

19: Ten O'Clock Twinkle!

20: Day 2 | The largest museum in the Western world, fills three wings of this immense, U-shaped palace. Our tour covered the Denon & Sully wings, the south and east sides.

21: The Louvre Showcasing world history from the ancient world to 1850, the Louvre holds more than 30,000 works of art. On this trip we saw Greek sculpture, Italian painting, and French paiting.

22: The glass pyramid was designed by the American architect I.M. Pei (1989) | The former royal palace was built in stages over 8 centuries. The eastern Sully wing was the original medieval fortress. The Tuileries Palace used to stand opposite to the west.

23: The Venus de Milo, c.100 B.C. (or goddess of love from the Greek island of Melos) was discovered in 1820. She is made from 2 pieces of stone joined at the hips. | Winged Victory of Samothrace, c.190 B.C. | The Roman Antiquities room with many the faces of the ubiquitous Emperor Inconnu | The first emperor, Augustus

24: The glass pyramid can be seen from the octagonal room | The Octagonal Room | The 2 palaces were connected in 1852 forming a rectangular Louvre until 1871 when the Tuileries Palace burned down in a riot leaving the U-shaped Louvre we see today.

25: The Louvre was founded in 1793 by France's Revolutionary National Assembly. | The Apollo Gallery

26: The Marriage at Cana (1562-1563), Paolo Veronese "Italian Renaissance" | Mona Lisa (1503-1506) Leonardo da Vinci "Italian Renaissance"

27: The Coronation of Napoleon (1806-1807) Jacques-Louis David "French Neoclassicism" | La Grande Odalisque (1819) Jean-Auguste-Dominique-Ingres "French Neoclassicism"

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