Paris Day 2: My Favorites from The Louvre!

I can hardly believe it’s already been half a month since Adam and I were in Paris and London! Today I am really excited to share my favorite pieces from the Louvre.

The afternoon we spent in the museum was the highlight of the entire trip for both Adam and I. We roamed the halls for about five hours before they kicked us out for a private event. I’d love to go back some day!

Here are some of my favorites….

Statue of Nike

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Venus de Milo, Helenistic era (330-30 BC)

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Standing on the head of Medusa

The face of Medusa is actually HORRIFIC. I have a close up of it if anyone is dying to see… it’ll give you nightmares!

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Mars et Venus.

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Gorgeous, amazing, breath taking ceilings.

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A Ninja Turtle you might know…

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Crown of Louis XV and Charlemagne.

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Charlemagne’s sword.

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Inside the Ancient Egyptian Exhibit.

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Surviving animal mummies.

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Cat mummy.

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We saw many statues of Bastet (the cat goddess), but they were all behind class enclosures so I don’t have any good pictures. Cecil was disappointed that I didn’t get any good ones.

Notably missing from this post is the Mona Lisa which we did make a point to go and see. I was surprised with how small she is! I took a picture but she is also behind a class case and you can’t get very close, so it’s not a very good picture. Very glad we got to see it in person though!

I took so many pictures at The Louvre and have so many favorites I could easily add 100 pictures to this post, but I’ll stop here … for now : ).

I hope you have a great day!

If you missed it you can read about Day 1 in Paris here.

I’ll be back to running posts tomorrow!

Have you ever been to The Louvre? What is your favorite museum? Any cool museums local to you? 

– I love science museums!

22 comments

  1. Hanna

    Beautiful!

    I’ve been to the Louvre – it was 10 and a half years ago when I was a junior in high school (holy moly it feels weird to write “high school” and “10 years ago” in the same sentence!). I remember the beautiful ceilings and seeing the original Mona Lisa (so tiny!).

    I had one of the prehistoric digital cameras that actually saved things on little floppy discs, and at one point all those pics got ruined or lost in the transition to new computers. So sad 🙁

    Here in Milwaukee we actually have a great art museum. I love to go there on the First Thursdays (1st Thurs of every month, when it’s FREE admission!).
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I know exactly how you feel! Last Saturday was my 10 year high school reunion! I can’t believe it’s been a full decade since graduation!

      I remember those digital cameras! Isn’t it so crazy that our phones are now also digital cameras and mini computers?! I guess a lot has happened in the 10 years since high school!

  2. cheryl

    Sculpture always amazes me…that much detail in stone! And the artifacts–oh, if they could talk…
    We have some good museums in Boston. I usually rotate membership each year so we can take the kids. I am always surprised at how much they like the MFA–it also helps that they have self-guided tours for kids which point out interesting facts to them, and have them “find” details in pieces of art. Someday I will go to the Louvre!
    Thanks for sharing your pictures!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      That’s so great that you rotate memberships! When I was a kid I always just asked to go to the Museum of Science and Discovery over and over again. I should have broadened my horizons, but back then I thought I was going to be an astronaut so going to the science museum felt like interesting research for my future job! haha

  3. Staci @ Hoosier Running Mom

    Beautiful, its amazing what some people are capable of creating. I have never been but it is on the top of my list. I love love love museums!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      It’s seriously mind blowing to think of how long ago people were creating these beautiful pieces — and the limited tools they had to work with!

  4. running schlub

    Wow those pictures are amazing. I hope to take the wife traveling some day, would live to see the beauty in other countries.

    Because if the kids we have been to some pretty awesome children’s museums. I think I have more fun there than they do lol. I’ve also been to many of the museums in DC and those are amazing too.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Haha kids museums are great because everything is explained in really easy to understand terms!

      The Smithsonian in DC is really awesome!!

  5. Amy

    Beautiful! Isn’t it amazing to see those sculptures in person? I was amazed when I saw the statue of David in person in Florence how breathtaking it was. YOu see pictures of it and giggle but in real life, it is simply an amazing piece of art. I have yet to fully explore Paris, but when I do, the Louvre is on my list!
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    1. Amy

      PS-I hope Cecil wasn’t afraid of his destiny when he saw the cat mummies.
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      1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

        Haha Cecil thinks it’s an appropriate future so that he can be revered for centuries to come!

        There was one specific statue that I laughed out for way too long – I don’t remember the name but it was a guy just staring at his junk!

        Also the paintings from Ancient Egypt were pretty funny… based on the pictures I can only assume that the pharaohs all walked around all day just holding their giant 10 feet long penises!

  6. Amanda @ Slimplify Life

    Too cool, and I especially love the statue of Nike (obvi, lover of all things running apparel). I have never been to Paris but would LOVE to go! For now I’ll just have to live vicariously through you =)
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      The detail in the statue of Nike is really incredible!!

  7. Karen

    Awesome pictures 🙂 It’s so cool to see artifacts that old! Always makes me think about how different their lives were from ours 😉 Thanks for sharing.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      So true! The crown and swords are at the very top of my favorites list because it’s so crazy to think a king actually walked around wearing his crown and wielding a sword! Seeing the pieces in person is just surreal!

  8. Marie Alessandra

    Beautiful photos! 🙂 I love the Louvre. Went there with my dad when we were visiting one of his old friends who lives in Paris. The whole city feels like a museum kind of though haha 😀

    My favorite museum is American Museum of Natural History in NYC, I think. I loved the dinosaurs haha 🙂 I also enjoy most art museums.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I LOVE seeing dinosaurs in museums too! When I was super young I wanted to be a paleontologist! I mean, how cool would that job be?!

      And yay started your blog! I’m going to check it out now! 🙂

  9. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    I’m so mature! I’m sitting here giggling at the tiny penis on the statues. I have no idea why they always make those statues so tiny!

    But seriously the art was the best part of Europe! I would love to see Medusa’s face!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I will tweet you the picture of Medusa’s face, but it is truly insane looking!

      The Pharaoh’s in ancient Egypt apparently had gigantic penises! The paintings all showed them walking around holding their 10 foot long penises! Adam and I stood in a corner laughing like 5 year olds for way too long pointing at the paintings and laughing!

  10. Kim

    I’m not sure how I missed day 1 – glad you linked!!! Your apartment sounds very charming!!!
    I love seeing all of your pictures – I will live vicariously through them.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Awww it feels like so long ago now that we were in that little apartment! I miss it!

      Let’s go run an ultramarathon relay in Pairs someday!

  11. Jennifer

    Beautiful! I want to go to Paris stat! Seems like you were just there!
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