The Louvre was originally built as a fortress in the 12th century by Phillip II (Philippe Auguste). The building was extended many times to form the Palace it is today. Remnants of the fortress can be found on the lower level. Continue reading

Notre Dame

This Gothic beauty has been built upon the remains of pagan temples. In 1163 under the presence of Pope Alexander III, it is said the first stone was laid. Continue reading

Rodin in Paris

Rodin is one of my favorite sculptors. I was pretty excited to visit his villa but too bad it was being renovated. Since we didn’t have access to the building we viewed his work in the garden and some other temporary areas – that just didn’t quite have the effect I was looking for. Either way he’s the man. I wish more present day artists created classics instead of abstract. Continue reading