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2011-01-08 November

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painter is copying the masterpiece in Louvre

               November is a loose month, or a lazy month. It seems that everyone gets tired to this unchangeable life, and less and less students come to class. Fortunately, we have two small breaks, three days off in the first week, and four-day break in the second week. During the first break, I went to Paris by myself. Since one of my uncles live in Paris, staying with them helps me to save a lot of money. I spent my first day in Louvre, which is one of the largest museums around the world, and the most visited art museum as well. Don’t forget to bring your European student card, because with the student card, you can observe Louvre for free! By the way, you will not find the student ticket by the automatic ticket machine, but inside Louvre, there are several manual selling places, by showing your European student card, that you can get the zero euro ticket. The Collection in Louvre is divided among eight departments: Egyptian Antiquities, Near Eastern Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities, Islamic Art; Sculpture, Decorative Arts, Paintings, Prints and Drawings. Considering my limited time, my focal points are Egyptian Antiquities, Decorative Arts, Paintings, Prints and Drawings, and I was so excited to see those legendary masterpieces with my own eyes. First of all, I saw the Venus de Milo, which isan ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture and it is believed as the Greek goddess of love and beauty, and then, the Winged Victory of Samothrace. The Victory is my favorite sculpture in Louvre, for its incredible fluent lines and curves, and it is a lifelike statue. Moreover, the French stained glass in the Decorative Departments is amazing, and the Mona Lisa was hard to get close because of the crowed. Louvre is the place you will never finish discovering, if there is time, you definitely should re-back couple of times. When I got out, it was already afternoon. I bought a sandwich from Paul, which is the No.1 French sandwich brand in my mind, ignoring the rain; I went to the Latin district. Latin district is around Notre Dame, and years ago, I read a blog and it mentioned that in Latin district, there are a number of bookstores with hundred years of history. As soon as I arrived, it proves to be true. Under the same old eaves, each store has its own style. I found a store called “Album” was very interesting. It is a comic store, and it is all about my childhood: TanTan, Sakura Momoko, Naruto, Pokemon Special and so on. Afterwards, I got myself a present, an old notebook; I call it Lindsey’s Adventure in Europe. Then I spent the rest of my break visiting my friends, having dinner with my family, celebrating my best friend’s 21 birthday, and everything became special because they were happening in Paris.

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