Some more examples of ancient Egyptian creative genius.
The Louvre houses a huge collection of Egyptian artefacts, a legacy of its occupation of the area for a short period at the end of the eighteenth century. French discoveries in Egypt founded the field of Egyptology and popularized archaeology.
The Louvre has in its possession 4 of Leonardo da Vinci’s known paintings, roughly a quarter of all his extant works. What greater pleasure could there have been for me but to gaze at so many of his works under one roof? Madonna of the rocks would be well-known to readers of Brown’s “The da … Continue reading
I fell in love with three women in Paris. I know, some of you might think, “Just three????” 😀 But I couldn’t help it. I knew two of them from before I met them; the third had only recently become an acquaintance. I could have spent days just gazing at them, like some love-sick poet … Continue reading
Palais de Chaillot, framed by the graceful arch of the Eiffel tower. Though I didn’t visit the Palais (see the menacing clouds), but it is definitely worth going to, if you have the time. It houses four museums and a theatre. Another view of the world’s second ugliest building (The French make even ugliness worth … Continue reading
Going down the stairway rather than taking the lift gives you a unique view of the innards of the tower, not that the open design technically has “innards”. The Eiffel tower was built of steel as a light, airy, soaring representation of modernity in architecture, breaking free of the weight and stolidity of stone; the … Continue reading
I had wondered what sort of lights lit up the tower so beautifully at night.
The “Field of Mars” – after the Roman god of war. Nothing martial about them, to my eye; just the beauty of symmetry and straight lines. The sleek black building is the Tour Montparnasse (voted as the second ugliest building in the world). Its observation deck is said to have the most beautiful view of … Continue reading