A brief photo tour of the Louvre Museum
The Louvre is the world’s largest art museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. Approximately 38,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 72,735 square metres (782,910 square feet). The Louvre is the world’s most popular museum, receiving approximately 8 million visitors annually.
We visited the museum at Paris in the summer of 2018. Below is a small collection of artworks photo we took while exploring this vast museum.
The Martyrdom of Saint Dennis by Henry Bellechose (1416).
Glenda resting in one of the halls of French Art Gallery where an artist is working on a copy.
The Medici gallery at the Louvre has a large collection of artwork depicting the history of this famous Italian family and their alliance with the French monarchy through marriage.
David and Bathsheba by Jan Massys (1562)
One of the most famous sculpture at the Louvre – The Nike of Samothrace (Winged Victory) from 190 B.C.
Below pictures are from the Monalisa gallery which is the most visited hall at the museum.
Below 2 photos are of artwork and ceiling at the museum gift shop and adjoining hallway.
The Egyptian and Near Eastern artifacts wing holds many priceless collection of sculptures, mummy and stone carved artworks.
Exploring the Louvre over multiple days is a wise approach given the vastness of artifacts. The best time to visit is afternoon through evening on weekdays when the tourist rush is bit less. Using the Paris Museum pass will get you multiple day entry to the Louvre along with many other museums and landmarks in and around Paris.
A photo collection of delicious Eastern European cuisine
We had a wonderful trip in Austria and Hungary during the summer of 2018. Below are a collection of delicious cuisine we experienced there.
A Hungarian bakery where we stopped on our way to Budapest.
A quick snack at a McDonald’s by the highway from Vienna to Budapest.
Hungarian goulash (stew).
Hungarian pasta with chicken.
Another Hungarian roadside bakery on our way back to Vienna.
Breakfast at Cafe Klimt by the famous Hofburg palace in Vienna.
Lunch in Budapest. Duck with Mushrooms and potatoes.
Hungarian Crepes and icecream with walnuts for dessert!
The Musée d’Orsay is one of the largest art museums in Europe. It is located on the Left Bank of the river Seine in Paris, France.
The museum has a grand view both from outside and the inside which is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built in late 19th century. It is easily accessible from central Paris. A 15-min walk from the Louvre or a scenic ride on a hop-on hop-off boat are two great options to reach it.
The Orsay museum holds mostly French art from mid 19th to early 20th century, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography.
It houses the largest collection of impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces in the world, by painters including Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Gauguin, and Van Gogh. Below are a few of these great masterpieces.
A fairytale town in the middle of Bavaria
Oberammergau is a small town in Bavaria, Germany known for its 350 year old tradition of Passion plays. It is also famous for woodcarvings like the Grimm fairytales of ‘Hansel and Grettel’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood ‘ . We visited the picturesque town in summer of 2018 on a bus tour from Munich. Below is a photo tour of Oberammergau .
A collection of cruise dining pictures
Elegant Dinner night aboard Carnival Sensation on a Bahama Cruise (2014)
Breakfast aboard Carnival Sensation (2014)
Glenda enjoying a “Bahama Mama” on Discovery Island resort, Nassau
Zak having a grilled sandwich after a ride on the slipping slide!
Glenda enjoying dinner aboard Caribbean Princess en route to Jamaica
Kids enjoying dinner aboard Carnival Fantasy cruise to Cozumel, Mexico (2017)
The beauty of Venice really shines at night. We took the following pictures one evening taking the Vaporatto (water taxi) ride near the train station, then going out into open ocean passing the cruise port, and getting off at the mouth of the grand canal near Plaza San Marco.
We finished the evening with a walk over Academia bridge to admire the view of the grand canal and having dinner at Plaza San Vidal.