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by go cards
June 24, 2006
From journal Under the Sky
May 7, 2004
From journal Paris: Backpacker's View
Nottingham, United Kingdom
July 24, 2002
From journal Making the Most of Paris
Scarborough, England, United Kingdom
August 16, 2011
From journal Who needs a man to take you to Paris?
by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
September 30, 2006
From journal 4 Nights in Paris
July 9, 2006
Get a museum pass—I’m not kidding around here. We arrived at the Louvre on a Sunday at around 9:30am. We could see that the line for tickets was about 15 people, just we were able to slip right in on one of the side entrances with no line because of the museum pass—true V.I.P. style; in less than a minute walk from the Metro, we were in the Louvre.
The things I liked the most and the least about the Louvre are the same—extensive collections all in one place. The Louvre’s size is daunting, so do whatever you must to get yourself mentally ready for the task!
Don’t miss: Any good guide book will give you an exhaustive self-guided tour to exploring the Louvre, but for the rest of us not willing to spend an entire day wandering around, here’s the very best of the Louvre that you should not miss:
• The Winged Victory of Samothrace
• Mona Lisa –get to her first and early as she always draws a huge crowd and try not to look disappointed when you get up close to her.
• Venus de Milo
• The Turkish Bath
• The Lacemaker
• Italian Sculptures
A very personal "don’t miss": The Egyptian and African collections. I grew very wary of seeing all the evident of European opulence. Actually, it grated on my nerves as I started to think about what how my colonized roots were at the root of the wealth. So, I took a break and decided to head to collections of people who looked a little more like me, and it was refreshing to see the wealth and lifestyles of people of color. The thing about the Louvre: Prepare to feel a little frustrated. The Louvre’s floor plan/map is overly simplified and I wish I knew this before. Exiting isn’t as easy as it is depicted and you might find yourselves going up and down several staircases trying to exit—tiring and frustrating. Almost all of the captions next to painting and sculptors were in French and that’s it. With my feelings of frustration trying to get around and out of the Louvre, I started to think about how unaccommodating that was and I felt the beginnings of a stereotype forming in my mind. So I stopped, took a breath, and headed to the food court for a lunch break. Just about every type of food is represented in the Louvre food court, and that helped quell the nasty stereotype that was forming in my mind—I’m back in love with Paris.
From journal Paris For the Rest of Us!
Merritt Island, Florida
May 18, 2003
From journal European Whirlwind
St. John's, Newfoundland
May 15, 2005
From journal End-of-Semester Trip To Europe
Santa Cruz, California
August 12, 2004
The Louvre is an subterranean museum that houses some of the most renowned works of times past. There is sculpture, such as the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory, and then there are paintings by Vermeer and Donatello. Of course, not to be missed is Mona Lisa, the most famous work of Leonardo Da Vinci.
While all these things are quite impressive, and the museum, for being such a huge attraction, doesn't take a huge chunk out of your purse, I have done the Louvre slow, and I have done it fast, and both times were equally satisfying. If you only have time for one museum, make it the Musee d’Orsay, but if you have time for two, see the Louvre, and make sure you huddle into the blank-walled room where the Mona Lisa hangs so you can get pushed and pulled with the throngs trying to photograph her cheshire smile.
From journal Fabulous In Le City
Cary, North Carolina
June 6, 2003
From journal Paris – La Vie En Rose