Everyone has heard of The Louvre.
If you haven’t, then go and watch The Da Vinci Code movie, then come back.
Try not to let the modern glass Pyramid that dominates the entrance courtyard distract you from the grand Louvre Palace that surrounds it.Not only is it the second largest museum in the world, its one of France’s historic monuments. (Like they didn’t have enough already!).
The Louvre Palace was originally a fortress back in the 12th century and evolved into a palace then finally a museum in 1793.As expected, the lines were ridiculously long even though we arrived much earlier than opening time. Finally with tickets in hand, we checked at the Inverted Pyramid below the main glass one then headed on in. (Another Da Vinci Code moment here).Keeping to the theme, we made a bee-line for the most famous painting in the world:
The Mona Lisa.
While Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece needs no introduction, it was actually much smaller than expected. A large crowd within a large room didn’t help the scale either!Somehow we managed to squeeze through the horde of Asian tourists and their selfie-sticks for a selfie of our own (minus said selfie-stick).
And that’s a Bucket List item ticked off!
That’s as close as you can get. Unfortunately behind thick glass, you can’t really get up close to admire the artwork. Although there’s enough posters in the gift shop for that!
It’s too bad that everyone in the room was clearly focused on this one painting. Because directly opposite it was the largest painting in the Louvre and perhaps the most underrated in the whole museum.
Another “must-see” was the famous marble statue of Aphrodite. But you’d probably know it better as the Venus de Milo.
You cannot possibly see every piece of artwork, for there is an immense number of paintings, archaeological artefacts, sculptures and religious art from all over the ancient world.
So here are our selected favourites:
It turned into one epic 10 hour day!
As we followed the crowds out into the night-time, we came to a realisation:
At the Louvre, you can see the highlights but you can’t possibly see it all.
But you can try.Visited 8th October 2014.