"This is how grace works; it enters the soul, penetrates the heart, saturates the conscience, abides in the memory, affects the affections, gives understanding to the understanding, and imparts real life to the heart, which is the seat of life." Spurgeon

Saturday, September 3, 2011

The Louvre & Musee D'Orsay

Today we walked about 10 km together and went to the L'Arc du Triomphe, the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay and The Eiffel Tower.

We saw countless Monets, Renoirs, Manets, Degas, Van Goghs, DaVincis, and others. It was a huge privilege to see masterpieces by so many of the same artists that we saw in Rome and London. Many of the paintings and sculptures depict scenes and historic moments that we have studied on this trip and before. Going through Europe and viewing the places and monuments and art of each period has been like looking through the photo album of mankind in the home of the Historian. Just as te only way to get to know and appreciate another person is to spend time with them, seeing these works first hand is critical to perceive the story they each tell, their place in history and their relevance to humankind.

The Louvre used to be the royal palace until Louis XIV decided to move his family to Versailles in 1682. Since about that time it has been used for art exhibitions and as a museum. Today it displays over 35,000 pieces from prehistory through the 20th Century on over 650,000 square feet, making it the largest and most visited museum in the World.

Tonight we will eat French food near the Eiffel Tower and sit in the park and spend time watching the Tower and all the street performers and talk about our trip and start planning for our trip to london tomorrow and then Dallas on Monday.


  1. You have a gift of effectively communicating all that you see and experience. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us all. God has used you to bless and honor many as we read and understand the significance of history through your eyes. It has brought our family to tears again and again. Thank you and may God bless each of you this day.

  2. Will, be sure to post a pic of yourself tomorrow, on your birthday! We all want to see where you are and what you are doing:)

  3. oh I LOVED reading Dallas on MONDAY!!!!!!!