France – Paris – The Louvre

Everyone has heard of The Louvre.
If you haven’t, then go and watch The Da Vinci Code movie, then come back.

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The Louvre

Try not to let the modern glass Pyramid that dominates the entrance courtyard distract you from the grand Louvre Palace that surrounds it.dsc06822Not 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.frame-1As 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).frame-2Keeping to the theme, we made a bee-line for the most famous painting in the world:
The Mona Lisa.

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Mona Lisa, Leonardo Da Vinci

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!dsc06776Somehow 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!

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Meet the Mona Lisa at the Louvre

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.

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The Wedding at Cana, Paolo Veronese

Another “must-see” was the famous marble statue of Aphrodite. But you’d probably know it better as the Venus de Milo.

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Aphrodite “Venus de Milo”, Alexandros of Antioch

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:

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The Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon and the Coronation of Empress Josephine, Jacques Louis David

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Four Seasons, Giuseppe Arcimboldo

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(R) The Seated Scribe, from Saqqara, Egypt circa 2600-2350 BC

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Assyrian Gate of Sargon II’s Palace, from Khorsabad, Iraq, 8th century BC

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.dsc07015Visited 8th October 2014.

 

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About starksepicadventure

We are Andrew and Lakshi Starks, young married couple from Melbourne, Australia. We are travelling around the world on our Starks Epic Adventure!
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4 Responses to France – Paris – The Louvre

  1. Krystle says:

    We are heading to Paris this fall. Loved reading about your experience at the Louvre. I really like the last photo of the pyramid at night. So cool.

    • Thanks Krystle! I always read your new posts and take notes for a future trip to either Hawaii or the awesome canyons you keep visiting. Your photos are really great!
      It’s hard to keep regular blogging when working full time. I try to do one once a week. But I’m so far behind it’s ridiculous! Paris was during our year-long backpacking trip in 2014 from our home in Australia to the UK, where we are now. We travel around more than once a month, so there’s many more blog posts to come!
      If anything, the constant travel keeps getting in the way of blogging. What a difficult life we live! You probably understand too!

  2. Thank you for sharing this interesting tour wiht great photos.

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