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A Day in the Museum: Visiting the Louvre Part 4: The Second Floor

The Second floor contains only 2 collections the Prints and Drawings, as well as the Paintings. The various wings of the second floor are home to various French and European paintings as well as magnificent halls and entrances that would cap off a 4 day journey to enjoy the Louvre experiences.

  • Portrait of the Marquise de Pompadour by Maurice-Quentin Delatour

1748-1755 (Prints and Drawings room 44)

Photo credit: Flickr- ergsart
Photo credit: Flickr- ergsart
  • The Rape of Sabine Women by Nicolas Poussin

1637 – 1638 (Paintings room 14)

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • Portrait of Louis XIV by Hyacinth Rigaud

1701 (Paintings room 34)

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • The Lacemaker by Johannes Vermeer

1669-1670 (Paintings room 38)

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Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • Portrait of the Artist Holding a Thistle by Albrecht Durer

1493 (Paintings room 8)

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Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

A Day in the Museum: Visiting the Louvre Part 3: The 1st Floor

The 1st floor contains some of the most iconic pieces of art within the museum walls. This floor houses the Egyptian Antiquities, Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities, Decorative Arts, Prints and Drawings, as well as Paintings Collections.

TIP! Make sure to plan the routes ahead of time. Given that there are iconic pieces of art within each floor this shouldn’t be a reason to miss other pieces that are located in the vicinity.

  • The Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci

1503-1506 (Paintings room 8)

Photo credit: Flickr Dennis Jarvis
Photo credit: Flickr Dennis Jarvis
  • Winged Victory of Samothrace

190 BC (Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities – Daru Staircase)

Photo credit: Flickr Martie Swart
Photo credit: Flickr Martie Swart
  • The Coronation of Napoleon by Jacques Loius David

1806-1807 (Paintings room 75)

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Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • Liberty Leading the People by Eugene Delacroix

1831 (Paintings room 77)

Photo credit: Flickr- Dennis Jarvis
Photo credit: Flickr- Dennis Jarvis
  • Woman with a Mirror by Titian

1512 – 1515 (Paintings room 7)

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Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

A Day in the Museum: Visiting the Louvre Part 2 – The Ground Floor

The ground floor houses the Near Eastern Antiquities, Islamic Art, Egyptian Antiquities, the Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities, Sculptures, as well as the Arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.

TIP! Another great way to be able to plan your next visit to the Louvre is by familiarizing yourself with the 3 distinct wings namely the Richeliu, Sully, and Denon.

  • Venus De Milo

Late 2nd Century BC (Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities room 18)

Photo credit: Flickr- Kimberly Vardeman
Photo credit: Flickr- Kimberly Vardeman
  • Winged Human-Headed Bull

721-705 BC (Near Eastern Antiquities room 4)

Photo credit: Flickr- Lammasu
Photo credit: Flickr- Lammasu
  • Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss by Antonio Canova

around 1788 (Sculptures room 4)

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Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • Statue of Ramesses II

1279-1213 BC (Egyptian Antiquities room 12)

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Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • The Rebellious Slave by Michelangelo

1513-1515 (Sculptures room 4)

Photo credit: Flickr- Spencer Means
Photo credit: Flickr- Spencer Means

A Day in the Museum: Visiting the Louvre Part 1 – The Lower Ground Floor

No visit in Europe is ever complete without visiting what is considered as the world’s largest museum. Having 11 collections all in all, excluding the history of the Louvre and Medieval Louvre Collection, (Near Eastern Antiquities, Islamic Art, Egyptian Antiquities, Greek and Roman Antiquities, Decorative arts, Sculptures, Prints and Drawings, Paintings, Coptic arts, The East Mediterranean in the Roman Empire, and lastly the Arts of Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas) it is overwhelming to simply go inside the Louvre and start from there. That’s why we have a guided series on helping you plan your next visit to this historic museum starting with the notable pieces in the lower ground floor.

TIP! Make sure to always get the information map that they offer for download on their website and print them out so that moving from one collection to the other won’t be as confusing. Audio guides for smartphones are also available. Be sure to visit their website (http://www.louvre.fr) to have a complete guide of the floor plans as well as the collections available.

  • Mary Magdalene by Gregor Erhart

1510 (Sculptures room C)

Photo credit: Flickr Paul Beattie
Photo credit: Flickr- Paul Beattie
  • The Marly Horses by Guillaume I Coustou

1745 (Sculptures – Courl Marly)

Photo credit: Flickr- Brian Leon
Photo credit: Flickr- Brian Leon
  • Al-Mughira’s Pyxis

968 (Islamic Art room A)

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Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • Portrait of a Woman Known as L’Europeenne

2nd Century AD (The East Mediterranean in the Roman Empire room I)

Portrait of a Woman Known as L Europeenne Flickr Carole Raddato
Photo credit: Flickr- Carole Raddato
  • Jupiter Heliopolitanus

2nd Century AD (The East Mediterranean in the Roman Empire room 3A)

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Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

Food Festivals-Rectify the Reputation of British Food

As a friendly wicked person who likes to troll the closest friends, I often tease my English friend Ken and send him awful British food pictures for confirmation. After having a few authentic Chinese family meals, Ken suddenly decided he would cook for us the next weekend. I  predicted immediately it would be the fast food type of meal. Little Ken never fails me. Spaghetti, one can of sauce and several cherry tomatoes were all he brought for the meal. I seized the chance to say “what did I tell you!” Of course, a young man in his 20s without much life experience doesn’t represent British’s actual strength. Friends who have stayed in England for some time said delicious British food does exist. The following food festivals will lead you to the real British delicacies.

The Isle of Wight Garlic Festival

With the setting of rolling hills and farms, the Isle of Wight Garlic Festival is a carnival of food and entertainment. You will find garlic can go with any food, candy, cookies, ice-cream, corn and all the food you can think of. Farmers with over 70 garlic planting experience will give you the recipes and teach you how to plant garlic. So you think garlic is only edible? Those garlic-themed game booths will give you more ideas on garlic.

Garlic Festival

Garlic Festival 2

Address: Fighting Cocks Crossroads, Bathingbourne Lane, Sandown

*Photo credits: The Garlic Festival Facebook page

The Big Feastival

The Big Feastival is a grand celebration of food, music and entertainment. A food carnival hosted by a chef and a cheese manufacturer will never disappoint you. Besides the classic fish and chips, fresh lobsters are well worth your expectation. The Big Feastival invites many big names as performing artists each year. Kaiser Chiefs and Duke will show up this year. Music loving foodies can’t miss out!

The Big Feastival 2

The Big Feastival

Address: Alex James’ Farm near Kingham, Oxfordshire, OX7 6UJ

*Photo credit: The Big Feastival Facebook page

Meatopia UK

Meatopia is finally in England! As one of the world’s big meat lovers, the U.S. people would not miss the chance to throw a meat party for sure. Just as its name implies, meat is the forever theme of Meatopia. To take the best of meat, Meatopia pursues the highest quality as always. From the wood and coal used to roast meat to the center of the festival-meat, Meatopia has very strict requirements on everything. What do meat, beverages, fire and music remind you of? They remind me of hot summers that make you want to do everything to sweat.

Meatopia UK

Meatopia UK 2

Address: Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London

*Photo credits: Meatopia UK Facebook Page

Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival

Attracting over 30,000 audience every year, Loch Lomond Food & Drink Festival is one of the biggest festivals in Scotland. You can wander among the food stands to have a taste of everything and interact with vendors while enjoying the fascinating view of Loch Lomond. Foraging, eating competition, kids cooking class and live shows are held on site.

Address: Loch Lomond Shores, G83 8QL Balloch, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland

Written by: Francis Alvin Doloroso