My trip to The Louvre in Paris. Photos, stories, and bucket list successes.
Do you ever wonder about the lives of all the people in the back of your photos? I sure do. I hope all the people behind me in that picture are doing well.
The Louvre was our first big stop when we arrived in Paris.
When we got to the courtyard, it was the first time any of us had set eyes on the Eiffel tower. We could see it just barely peaking up from above the buildings. We started taking pictures, even though it wasn’t the best view. It was terribly exciting.
But that’s for another day. This was our chance to explore the Louvre. With almost 10 million visitors a year, it is the world most popular museum.
Now, The Lourve is huge. The grounds cover 632,500 feet. There are over 35,000 works of art and artifacts. If you looked at each piece of art for only a minute, it would take you 64 full days to cover everything. This article has a bunch of other similar fun facts.
All things considered, we were given virtually no time to explore everything. I don’t remember our exact time frame, but I would say that it was less than two hours.
We practically sprinted through the museum. In fact, we did run at some points. There were signs warning us not to touch paintings but no signs warning us against running. We wanted to see as much as possible.
That being said, I didn’t really take very many pictures.
My logic was, every single piece of artwork has pictures already available online. I couldn’t really add new perspectives, and it was a bit too crowded to pose in front of anything.
By the way, I should mention: Europeans are waaay more relaxed about museum security. No glass protecting the paintings, no velvet ropes encouraging people to step back. You could feasibly reach out and touch one quickly without anyone noticing. Compared to the bullet proof glass protecting The Declaration of Independence, I though this was particularly amusing.
Throughout our small portion of time, we saw a lot. Unfortunately, since I didn’t take many pictures, I can’t recall most of exactly what I did and didn’t see. I’m just glad I got to see as much as I did.
We did find this particularly comical:
A painting of paintings in a museum in a museum.
We decided to take it a few steps further:
Please enjoy this photo of a picture of a picture of a painting of a museum of paintings taken in a museum of paintings on my post about a museum of paintings.
Most of our exploring was random. We chose random corridors and turned down random hallways and overall just looked without an agenda. However, you aren’t allowed to go to The Louvre without seeing Mona Lisa. I think it’s illegal.
Personally, I didn’t think the dusty painting was very impressive compared to all of the other works around it. Honestly, it didn’t help that Mona Lisa is a much tinier painting than most of the others in the same room, and that they designated an entire wall for it.
I did find it hilarious that there was a massive crowd in front of the painting. I had to take this picture from standing very far back.
All in all, I’m still glad I got to see it! Definitely bucket list worthy.