At Heart, In Paris

coeur napoleon

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. I am just finishing up for the night here and am going to finish “We All Went To Paris”, a history of Americans in Paris, before I go to sleep. So here’s a photo I took in the Louvre, looking down from the second floor into the Coeur Napoleon, one of the sculpture galleries at either end of the building. It has a soaring glass ceiling (it was open to the elements at one time) that throws beautiful shadows across the creamy Loire river marble that makes up the courtyard. Since it’s away from the Mona Lisa – La Jaconde, as the French call her – it is almost always empty, so it is a perfect place to sit and rest your feet, and contemplate the dreamy, diffuse light.

“Couer” means “Court” in French – as in courtyard – but I always mistranslate it as coeur, which means heart – appropriate for such a romantic city. More French stories to come….

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