When visiting Paris, there is an overwhelming amount of pressure to visit the Louvre. As one of the most recognized museums in the world, it's usually a 'must' on everyone's Paris list. Well, it was and it wasn't for us. We decided that if the line to get in was low, we would check it out. If it was long, we were perfectly fine with skipping it altogether....
We were fortunate to arrive to a nonexistent line. But we didn't immediately queue up. Just walking into the Louvre Palace square is a moment in itself. We wandered around, taking in the massive building, before heading for the entrance.
A word of advice: The Louvre is massive. I wholeheartedly suggest doing some major research on the exhibits and the artwork. Make a list of what you absolutely must see. If you do not have a plan, you will end up just wandering around, become tired, and leave before you see everything....just like we did!
What we didn't know was the Louvre Palace began as a medieval palace in the 12th century. Remnants of the original palace still exist within the museum and this was where we began our Louvre explorations. We actually spent a good bit of time wandering around the ruins.
But let's talk about what we did see. And I mean wow. As a lover of my art studies throughout high school and college, I was in heaven as I looked upon pieces that I had learned about while growing up. There is something pretty special about being able to see them in person. For example, Venus de Milo, one of the most famous ancient Greek statues.
I loved wandering amongst the Greek and Roman statues. After our previous trip to Rome and the Colosseum, I was still in a little bit of a Roman mindset.
And so was my husband....
Yeah, that really happened!
After some time, we finally happened upon one of my favorites: Winged Victory of Samothrace. Estimated to have been created between 200-190 BC, this statue was created to honor the goddess Nike and also a sea battle, In person, it's breathtaking.
After we had our fill of marble, we headed to the paintings section. This seemed to be the most crowded section and unfortunately so because I could have stopped and stared at each piece for some time. Of course, when you visit the Louvre, you have to go and find the Mona Lisa....which is why this area was so crowded!
And here she is, da Vinci's Mona Lisa....in all her blurry glory (thanks camera). But to be honest, the painting is behind glass and it was impossible to get any closer.
What's comical is that this painting below, directly across from Mona Lisa, seemed just as important and famous to me! I immediately recognized it as The Wedding at Cana.
After the paintings, I was starting to feel a little sickly and we decided to go take a walk in the Tuileries Garden which is a fantastic idea after visiting the Louvre. They have THE best chairs scattered around the fountains. I literally could have
laid sat their all day.
Visiting the Louvre in Paris can easily take up an entire day of your trip, especially if you have to wait in line. While I think that a visit to the Louvre is a great idea, if you are not an art lover you may want to leave this attraction off of your itinerary. And don't feel bad about it! Walk by the Palace, take some photos and move on with your day! There are so many things to do in Paris!
Have you been to the Louvre? What are your thoughts?
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