Sat. Jan 12: Notre Dame, Louvre, Le Grande Arche and a Calder

My step-counter showed 23163 steps today.

This morning we first went to Notre Dame, the famous church in Paris.   The cathedral is celebrating its 850 year anniversary this year.  Notre Dame was more than 100 years old when North America was discovered by Christopher Columbus (or was it Jacques Cartier?).  It was also the first cathedral to use flying buttresses.

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Below you can see the flying buttresses.

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We then walked to the Louvre.  We went in as a group and then allowed free time for the rest of the day.  Some students stayed for several hours enjoying the various masterpieces.

Below are just a few samples of the pieces that I saw.


Aphrodite “Venus de Milo”
Greece, Late 2nd century BC

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The Winged Victory of Samothrace
Greece 190BC


Leonard by a Leonardo (two engineers)


The Consecration (Coronation) of the Emperor Napoleon I, J. L. David
(note how the pope does not look too happy)


Seated Scribe
Egypt 2620-2500 BC
He is using an early version of the ipad.


Life after Death?

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one of  “The Slaves”
Michelangelo 1475-1564


Cupid and Psyche
Antonio Canova 1757-1822


The Borghese Gladiator
Agasias of Ephesus (100BC)


Hermaphroditos Asleep
Italy, 2nd century AD


Later that afternoon I went to see “La Grande Arche” and the surrounding areas.
The arch was built in alignment with the Arc De Tromphe, the ferris wheel and a smaller arch by the Louvre.

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Some neat looking structures

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Paris wanted to be like Grand Rapids so they also have a Calder.  It is different but yet it is the same.



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