Paris | the louvre

The Louvre is definitely a place worth visiting... but only in the morning.

The last time I went to the Louvre, I only saw the outside and only in the morning.  Paris was one of the last cities on that first european trip, and after four weeks of seeing museums we were sick of seeing artwork and wandering museums.  On this trip with my cousin, Sam, she and I went to see the Louvre twice.  First to see it at night and then the following morning to actually explore the museum.

We arrived at the Louvre early in the morning and ate breakfast in line.  The line was quite short so we only waited maybe ten minutes to get in.  When we actually started going through the museum, most of it was considerably empty.  We took our time and looked at all the artwork.  Our first stop was the statues.  Paintings are kind of interesting, but I'm really amazed by these carvings.  How is it that people can make stone look so organic?  It's incredible.  I like that area the best.  By the time we reach the other parts of the museum, it was considerably crowded.  Being scared of crowds, I was not the happiest camper.  At one point a grown man pushed me and tried to knock me out of the way.  He pushed me so hard I would have fallen if not for the crowd of people behind me.  At that point I was done, so Sam and I took a break.

And then we extended our break.  I drank a bottle of Orangina and then a bottle of water. I was thirsty.  And it was extremely crowded in the museum.  Imagine going to sporting event and trying to exit from a single exit.  That's what it was like everywhere in the museum.  I kept on imagining getting trampled on if there was a fire.

There were a handful of pieces of art that were of some significance.  I saw the Mona Lisa, but I wasn't that awed.  To me, the statues in my pictures, like the Winged Victory of Samothrace and the Venus de Milo, were much more interesting.

So there's a lesson to be learned.  Go visit the Louvre... it is worth it.  But go when it opens to truly appreciate it.


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As I said in this post, trusty shoes, my vans have traveled with me to many places. There are so many times that I miss the places I've traveled. Oftentimes, I find myself "itching" to travel somewhere. I was in Europe for 24 days on a $2500 budget (including airfare, hotel, train, food.. everything!). It was such an amazing experience. I just want to share with you some of these wonderful memories. Wherever I go, I try to photograph my feet/shoes to remember where my feet have been. In the early morning of one of our days in Paris, we decided to ride this huge ferris wheel to view Paris. So of course I had to take a picture of my feet with the Eiffel Tower and Paris in the background. At the top of the wheel I took it!

That day, we had also ventured out the Louvre. It was exciting. On the subway and walking there, there were tons of people headed to view the Louvre as well. There was soooo much excitement. By the time we had gone to Paris, it was already day 19 or something of our trip... which meant... We already had 19 or something days of old European art. Bleh. We were exhausted physically and tired of the art. Sad, huh? Anyway.. we went to the the outside of the Louvre which was pretty awesome for me anyway... There were a bunch of spots to look down into museum from ground level.

As I said, we had become tired of museums and old European art, so by the time we got to Paris, the only museums we wanted to go to were unique, modern or free. This museum below was free. The architecture of the museum was beautiful. I love the history of the architecture. (Hey! I'm an architecture buff, not an old European Art buff)

I took this picture at the Pompidu Centre. It was such a great moment. Everything around us was peaceful and quiet. It was as if everything had stopped to see the sun setting behind the Eiffel Tower. I can feel the peace deep in my hear when I look at this picture.

A must on our things to see was the Cathedral Notre Dame. It was as beautiful as I could have ever imagined. (It was infested with tourists though, so it kind of killed the experience. We were traveling in September/October, the off season, so I could not imagine what it must have been like in high season. bleh) I love the contrast of bright stained glass and the dark nooks and confessional areas.

This was our life for 3.5 weeks. It was tough, but it was well worth it! Somehow I packed really light (less stuff than my traveling buddies) but ended up with the heaviest pack. It was 35 pounds at the start of our trip and nearly 45 by the end. I got a great work out. And, I wore sandals (flip flops) most of the time! It can be done!

Oh .. I love to travel. I'll be in New York next month! Hurray!