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May 8

Paris - The Louvre Museum

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May 8

Today we walked to the Louvre Museum – home of the Mona Lisa. The Louvre is the largest museum in the world. The Mona Lisa is not only the most famous painting in the world but also the most expensive, in fact so expensive no price can be placed on it. The museum does not insure the painting but instead uses those funds for security for the painting. The Louvre was once the home of Napoleon and part of the museum displays his royal apartment. The rest of the museum includes sculptures, paintings and Egyptian artifacts. The French have a strong connection to Egypt ever since Jean-François Champollion deciphered the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs in 1822. We spent five hours in the museum and did not see it all however we did get lost several times. On the way back to our hotel we saw a fascist rally taking place. There were plenty of police and swat officers around in case trouble broke out. Sean was just as intrigued with the rally as he was with the Mona Lisa.

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The Louvre
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Mona Lisa
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Napoleon's royal apartment
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Paintings
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Sculptures
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Egyptian Artifacts
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Fascist Rally
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Posted by mccarthytravel 14:23 Archived in France

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