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06 June 2022


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Well said! The first time I stepped in front of Mona I was totally shocked to see all the cameras snapping away. I had come to be in her presence, not to take her home with me. I must admit the next time I snapped a picture, but it just didn't feel right.

a very thoughtful post, Corey. (Love the shots you took of others taking ML’s portrait.)

Interesting and thoughtful comments. I have felt the same while visiting "Mona".

However what I REALLY want to know - where is this secret entrance to the Louvre. It would be great information when I guide the next two grandkids around Paris.

Some of your best writing, Corey! I love your observational comments, so deep. I hope you produce more of these. But maybe these people are gleaning yet a tad of something, even if they are not staying for long. At least they have entered the museum, KNOW they should view this painting, etc. Yes, I am looking for the good in them. Ha! Oh, and I LOVE that side entrance too!

My first visit to the Mona Lisa was in 1974. I don't remember anyone taking photos then. No digital cameras, no mobile phones. Just silent viewers and not that many when I was there.

First trip to Paris was in 1960 with my mother, I was almost 15.The Louvre didn't yet have the Pei pyramid, and Mona Lisa was there in all her glory without bullet proof glass.We looked at one another. I remember that she was smaller than I had imagined.There were no photo happy tourists at the time,and no 'Macdo' either.

What beautiful, and thought-provoking, writing. Thank you, Corey. "Beauty is powerful, killing me softly." I loved this piece.

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