The Louvre. Where do I start?
In my opinion, the grandest museum of them all. The oldest museum in Europe, it contains some of the most recognizable art in the world under its roof. And trust me, it's a big roof, covering over 652,000 square feet! So much to see and so little time.
The Louvre contains prodigious paintings...
and ancient artifacts.
Of course, the Louvre contains the most famous painting of all, The Mona Lisa.
In person, it's not really that big, but it's still extremely popular.
The Louvre also contains two of the most famous sculptures in the world, Venus de Milo and Winged Victory.
After Michelangelo's David, I think Winged Victory is the most impressive statue I've seen in person.
The Louvre also provides an opportunity to tour the apartments of Napoleon III. Can you find Maria?
Here are a few of our favorite, but less famous, pieces.
One of the most fascinating pieces in the museum is actually two paintings. These paintings are hung back-to-back. One painting depicts the front of a scene with David about to cut off Goliath's head. The second painting depicts the back of the same scene. Pretty clever!
I'm standing in front of the top of a column from the audience hall of the palace of Darius I. You may be familiar with King Darius, he's the guy that threw Daniel into the lion's den.
Baby Jesus was one of the favorite subjects for many paintings. For some reason, the painters of old really struggled to paint babies. I'm not even sure if a mother could love these babies.
Naked ladies were another favorite subject. Here are two of the more famous naked lady paintings that you're ever going to find.
Here is a brick panel from the city of Babylon constructed during the time of King Nebuchadnezzar, another one of Daniel's friends.
Made you blink.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit the Louvre, we highly recommend it. But we must warn you, it's amazing how sore your feet will become after walking around any museum for several hours. We've walked miles on ancient cobblestone streets and hiked miles through the Alps, but my feet are always more sore after walking through a museum! Must be the slow shuffling.
Even with sore feet, you should put the Louvre on your bucket list!