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The First Day in Paris

Last night we arrived in Paris. We started the day bright and early at the Louvre, where Dr. Feat gave a quick tour of the top things to see when you go to the Louvre. That consisted of the statue of Venus de Milo, the "Raft of the Medusa", "Liberty Leading the People", the "Mona Lisa", the "Coronation of the Empress Josephine in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris", "La Grande Odalisque", to name a few. We were then given some time to explore with friends. I went with Andrea, who wanted to see the Code of Hammurabi. I didn't have anything special in mind to see, so we thought that since we knew which section to go to in order to see this, we would just follow the maps posted around without finding one of the complimentary maps. It took us almost an hour with the restoration closures, but we finally found it. In the next room, we found a stack of complimentary museum maps. It actually listed the exact location of the Code of Hammurabi! With the map we could have found it in under 20 minutes, but we wouldn't have accidentaly stumbled upon the "Seated Scripe" statue that is apparently very famous. We also wouldn't have seen as much of the Ancient Greek artifacts, or the Egyptian tombs. We had an adventure; one in which we also learned the emergancy excape routes, when we confused them for maps. The difference between the two is that one can tell you how to get out and the other can tell you where you are in the museum. Both had their finer qualities.

After, we met up with Amanda and Emma to see some of Michelangelo's sculptures. We grapped a quick lunch and headed over to the Musee d'Orsay. It is known for it's collection of Impressionist work, but I also enjoyed seeing some of Vincent Van Gogh's work in person. It turns out that there is more than one "Starry Night." 

One portion of the Louvre