Next we went to see the Louvre.
This is sculpture of Eros and Psyche by Antonio Canova.
The Venus de Milo from the 2nd century BC.
A closer shot of her face and upper torso.
The Winged Victory of Samothrace.
This is the gallery that holds the portrait of Lisa Gheradini, otherwise known as Mona Lisa. Thats her at the other end with the 10 deep crowd around her. Note all of the people holding their cameras and cell phones up trying to get a picture. Thats one very nice thing about the Louvre, they allow photographs to be taken, but for some reason many people do not understand the symbol for no flash photography. Given that many people don’t follow this rule, it may only be a matter of time before they restrict photography all together. The best photos are available in the guide books that are sold in the gift shop!
Liberty Guiding the People by Eugene Delacroix
The Oath of the Horatii by Jacques-Louis David
The Raft of the Medusa by Theodore Gericault
La Grande Odalisque by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres
There are four paintings like this one. Various vegetables and fruits are painted to combine to form a persons head. These seem to be favorites with everyone!
They also had an exhibit in a section of the Louvre of the furnishings of Napoleon III
Here is the dining room of Napoleon III.
Here is a shot looking out one of the windows into the courtyard containing the pyramid.
This is looking up from inside of the pyramid to the Louvre outside.
Next we went to the Paris (Garnier) Opera house and took a quick tour. There are 2 opera houses in PAris, the Garnier Opera House and the Bastille Opera House.
Here is the Opera House as you see it coming up out of the Metro.
Here is another closer view of the facade.
One of the sculptures on the facade. Inside we go!
This is the Grand Foyer with the stairs leading up to the boxes. What an entrance!
Thats Marcia posing on the stairs.
Here’s the view from the balcony above.
This inside the theater.
Looking up, this is the ceiling of the theater. The paining is by Marc Chagall.
The stage. They were rehearsing and getting ready for a performance that night.
This is the hall where patrons can go during intermission. Not quite like our local San Jose Rep!
And finally, here is the view looking out the balcony on the front of the opera house.
After this we were off to Honfleur in Normandy!