Wednesday, December 16, 2015


The plot of Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" started right in the Louvre with the discovery of the murdered body of its curator, Jacques Sauniere,  right under the portrait of Dan Vinci's famous "Mona Lisa".

It was from there that Robert Langdon made his escape after sensing that the French police suspected him of complicity in the murder, with the help of Sophie Neveu, Saunier's own granddaughter, who took the wheels of the getaway car [an electric smart car which is the connection to COP 21] and drove in reverse along the sidewalk cafes and through the traffic of the Champs-Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe.

At the end of the movie, Robert Langdon accidentally cut himself while shaving which gave him the final clue to the Rose Line, and the final resting place of the Holy Grail [Mary Magdalene's remains] under the inverted glass pyramid of the Louvre.

And that's all that there is to unlock Da Vinci's Code, and much more on the Louvre which is a treasure trove of paintings by masters some of which I was able to photograph including "The Coronation of Napoleon" [1807, by Jacques-Louis David], "Liberty Leading the People" [1830, by Eugene Delacroixc], and a possible Picasso.

There's a lot of sculpture too, from Egyptian to Greek to Roman, and I've never seen so many uncircumcised penises.

I was at the Louvre for almost four hours and tried to capture at least a glimpse of all that's there, which is impossible, since that will require another longer visit, and more unlocking, beyond Da Vinci's fictional code. 

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