This photo was taken 16 years ago at the Louvre on my honeymoon in Paris. I remember being in awe of seeing original paintings done by all the masters. There is nothing like seeing art in person. It is a totally different experience that you get when you see it in real life, than when looking at it in a book or photograph. I remember being so shocked to see how small the Mona Lisa was in real life compared to what I imagined it to be, and was surprised to see that Monet's water lilies filled an entire room. I feel like viewing art in a gallery is becoming a thing of the past. We are living in a time where information is available in our pockets and we don't feel the urgency to get out there and see art with our own eyes! I want to work hard to always make sure I take time to get up close to art and beauty, and see the brush strokes.