Next stop in Paris was visiting the Louvre.... but on the way I needed to take care of some stuff at the Apple Store. Yes, it's true... I can actually locate one anywhere I travel! I think this time I mostly just bought a battery charger.
Now, I must say using these rechargeables in the the emergency battery charger I got off of Amazon works amazingly. Instead of getting 30% extra charge, I was finding myself reaching 60% or greater.
|Inside the Apple Store|
|Charging my phone outside of the Apple store|
Anyhow, enough about batteries! On to the fun stuff...
|They had this really impressive model of what the Louvre looked like during the medieval period|
|Foundations for the Medieval Louvre|
|Notice the scale compared to people... it must have really been huge!|
|And of course, the Winged Victory of Samothrace|
|Stairs leading up to Winged Victory... lower level has sculptures, upper paintings|
This time I paid special attention to the Regency/Empire paintings and I have a selection of them for you now...
|I think this picture is in every book about men's fashion from the regency/empire period!|
|I love this painting... I may get a print of it for my home!|
|Again, Coronation of the Empress by Jacques-Louis David. Notice how large it is compared to the people. There is another copy of this painting at Versailles. I think this one here is the original.|
|This year I'm a huge fan of sheer materials... look at the sleeves!|
|I believe this is the last painting of the Empress Josephine before she passed away|
|Look at the exquisite detail of the material!|
|I'm also really impressed at this neckline's construction... whoever came up with that had to be a genius, because it doesn't look easy for it to work right.|
|Note the fashion of hand placements... there is a famous painting of Napoleon much like this|
|Nice regency style with cravat, etc.|
|I love the sheer again here... the construction of this is dress is so simple and delightfully elegant|
|This is a great musical portrait|
|I believe this is the dauphin, King Louis-Phillipe's son.|
|This man's outfit is intense... the amount of cravat and shirt frills is impressive!|
|I think this was for Napoleon III, but could be mistaken... what's interesting is that instead of carving the designs, they painted them in apparent 3 dimensions.|
|The Louvre Pyramid as seen from inside the museum|
|The usual republican piece... :P|
|I love this staircase! I will have a better view of it in the next post, which will have panoramic views of the Louvre|
|They have a little cafe up here... isn't this lovely?|
|Throne chair... I think for a temple, but I do not exactly remember|
|I love how they hid the outlets!|
|The fountains are surrounded by a bench and are a lovely place to sit and have conversations (particularly if you had someone to talk to)|
And what it all looks like at night: