Travel Tales

Paris Part Six (The Louvre)

This is part six of a seven-part series on my trip to Paris. Read the other parts here.

When I first moved to New York, one of my early adventures was spending an entire day at the Met. I walked every nook and cranny until my legs ached, soaking up gallery after gallery. On my first trip to Paris, the Louvre was top of my Must See list, entering the palace of art and glimpsing masterpieces like the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo.

Unfortunately, that trip was so short that really, those were the only things I saw at the Louvre then. I didn’t get to dig into the full museum the way I wanted to.

That, friends, is what a Saturday in Paris is made for.

After a walk through the Tuileries, I arrived at the museum around 11a.m. and didn’t leave until nearly six in the evening. I stopped briefly to refuel with a quick ham sandwich on a baguette, but otherwise I spent the whole day wandering into every corner of the museum I could find. The Paris Pass got me into the museum, and I splurged ($4) on an audioguide to keep me company as I explored. Though it’s probably more appropriately called an interactive guide, as it was an actual Nintendo 3DS that kept track of you on the museum map and allowed for building a custom tour of iconic artwork.

But rather than bog this post down with words and words and words about all the amazing art I saw, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. As I’m sure you’d imagine, there are a lot more where this came from.

That famous entrance.
Crowds gather around Venus de Milo.
Winged Victory of Samothrace
Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People
The great gallery. So much art!
Discovered many unexpected gems, including Lady Alston by Thomas Gainsborough
Wedding at Cana. Dude was 34 when he finished it. Human included for scale.
Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss. Pure beauty.
Bit of Rembrandt for a change of pace.
One massive sculpture hall.
Recreation of a room, including a table owned by Madame du Barry.
A family portrait, proving teens have been rolling their eyes at their parents since at least 1792.
Famous portrait of Louis XIV, in a massive room including one of the 93 carpets he commissioned for the great hall…that was never used.
After 8 hours at the Louvre, I’d earned a beer thankyouverymuch.