La Vie en Rose

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“Life in Pink”
Je vois la vie en rose (“I see life with rose coloured glasses”)

-to see life very optimistically, as if everything is tinted with joy and happiness
-the feeling of new love causing you to see the whole world as a beautiful place

Jackson Pollack

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Place de la Concorde

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Concorde Fountains

This largest of public squares in Paris measures 7.6 Hectares
(a hectare equals 10,000 square meters)
King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette where executed on this site by guillotine in 1793, when it was called Place de la Révolution

Located outside Musée de l’Orangerie and the Tuileries Garden, which extends east to Musée du Louvre

The Paris Marathon begins near the Arc de Triomphe, follows the Champs-Élysées east, then circles the Place de la Concord, which holds
-an Eqyptian Obelisk (exalting the reign of the pharaoh Ramesses II)
flanked by two nautical themed fountains
-the 1st fountain commemorating maritime commerce and industry
-the 2nd fountain commemorates navigation and commerce on the rivers of France

Wedding at Cana (Veronese)

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Wedding at Cana+louvre (Paolo CALIARI, dit Véronèse)
Les Noces de Cana
(the largest painting at Le Lourvre)

Denon Wing (South Wing of the Louvre)
1st Floor
Room 6 Salle des Etats, Italy
Mona Lisa Room

Wedding at Cana

Depicts the biblical story of the Marriage at Cana, at which Jesus converts water to wine (John 2:1–11)

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman,why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons.

Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”

They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realize where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”

What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

Although this is the largest painting at Le Louvre, I am always amazed by how better I can view the painting on my computer screen (moving around the image to enlarge the detail)
When I am in the Salle des Stats (aka the Mona Lisa Room) the most crowded room of Le Louvre, it is difficult to take-in the whole painting, it occupies a whole wall between thresholds into the room on each side.
Like many large classic paintings at Le Louvre, there is a reflection of light on the surface of the painting (almost a “glare”) so that you need to move to the spot on the floor where this “shine” is minimal. Much like the Mona Lisa (located across the room on the opposite wall) for some reason, every image of the Mona Lisa that I have seen is superior to the view that I have standing back from this painting at Le Louvre

Paris Statuary

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Louvre Aile Nord
Paris Statures and Sculpture

Sculptures Statues and Monuments

Je T’aime,…Moi Non Plus

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“I love you… me neither”
1967 song written by Serge Gainsbourg for Brigitte Bardot

Birkin Gainsbourg The Symphonic Starring Jane Birkin
with full orchestra special appearances by Iggy Pop & Charlotte Gainsbourg