Paris dead but Louvre open

Monday, May 24 – Paris: Today, everyone’s taking it easy for Pentecost but we needed to make up for some lost time so we paid our third visit to the Louvre. The famous:

and my favorite, the ivories:

We were surprised as we cruised the Italian paintings in the Grande Galerie to see three Caravaggios, including the Death of the Virgin, refused by the Neopolitan church which commissioned it because the virgin looked rather too human. Within a few decades, it had made its way into the hands of Louis XIV.

Lunch at a rather mediocre place with our first croque-madame:

(Deb in the pink linen dress on the right.)

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