Where to start?

Perhaps, “It started with a Kiss”?

Antonio Canova: Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss

A message blown in on the wind?

Giambologna: Mercury

Or, like the Goddess Nike – “Just do it”, already…

Winged Victory of Samathrace

There’s actually too much to see and really take note of.

I did make a point of catching up with Lisa…

Leonardo da Vinci: Mona Lisa

…somehow managing to not capture any red-spots of all the other photographers pressed up against this absurdly popular painting.

And I bumped into Venus and the Three Graces – doing their thing…

Sandro Botticelli: Venus and the Three Graces Presenting Gifts to a Young Woman

I find this painting utterly amazing – not only is it a fresco (making it difficult to transport) it was painted sometime between 1483-1486 –  making it well over 500 years old.  It’s truly wonderful.

Two of the “Three Graces”

As much as I would have loved to have taken photographs of absolutely every single piece of art on display – I had to limit myself, knowing full well my memory card wouldn’t last the weekend.  I did, however, feel that I couldn’t let these tigers go amiss…

Delacroix: A Young Tiger Playing with its Mother

J’adore les tigres.

I also enjoyed this scene from the massive painting The Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese…

“More Wine!” (is that a dog on the table??)

Of course, there is so much more to the Louvre other than the art that is displayed throughout.  I got quite a crick in my neck from looking up at the ornate decor of the ceilings.

I’ve honestly no idea from which rooms these next few photographs were taken!

And then there was light…

Some of the most fantastic chandeliers were to be found in the apartments of Napoleon III.  He took “Pimp my Crib” to a whole new level.

Did you see the wallpaper?? Utterly sumptuous.  I can’t imagine trying to hang it without getting wallpaper paste all over the place!!

The dining room…

More ceilings

And just in case it was getting a little gloomy – more light.

If that wasn’t sparkly enough – then a visit to the French Crown Jewels would be a must.

Locked behind these wonderful iron doors…

Was this:

The crown of Empress Eugénie (wife of Napoleon III)

For some reason, that was I all I chose to photograph of the glittering jewels.  Clearly, I had been bedazzled.

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