Louvre, Paris

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Don't forget that the Louvre was a palace long before it was a museum. The place is stunning. While I was impressed with the art, the building held most of my attention.
Don’t forget that the Louvre was a palace long before it was a museum. The place is stunning. While I was impressed with the art, the building held most of my attention.

What can I say about this amazing place that hasn’t already been said? I only had four hours–that’s my art attention span–but you could spend a lifetime. This important museum is best visited in small bites over several days. If only I’d had several days. Maybe next time…..

While I like how these pyramids let in light below, they just don't fit, IMHO.
While I like how these pyramids let in the light below, they just don’t fit, IMHO.

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The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is technically at the edge of the Tuileries park, just beside the Louvre.
The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is technically at the edge of the Tuileries park, just beside the Louvre.
Jesus turns water into wine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wedding_at_Cana
Jesus turns water into wine. The Wedding at Cana.
Grande Odalisque, also known as Une Odalisque or La Grande Odalisque. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grande_Odalisque
Grande Odalisque, also known as Une Odalisque or La Grande Odalisque.
Napoleon crowns his queen. The Pope just gets to look on.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Coronation_of_Napoleon
Napoleon crowns his queen. The Pope just gets to look on.  The Coronation of Napoleon.
Surprisingly, this important statue was on a stairway landing--and the crowds blocked access. I've seen photos of the Winged Victory of Samothrace for decades, but never realized it is placed atop a huge stone "boat."  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winged_Victory_of_Samothrace
Surprisingly, this important statue was on a stairway landing–and the crowds blocked access. I’ve seen photos of the Winged Victory of Samothrace for decades, but never realized it is placed atop a huge stone “boat.”
This most impressive hall didn't need any more art. My neck hurt just from looking up all the time and I'm sure I missed several paintings and statues. But the crown jewels at the end were a nice addition.
This most impressive hall didn’t need any more art. My neck hurt just from looking up all the time and I’m sure I missed several paintings and statues. But the crown jewels at the end were a nice addition.

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This is just a detail of one small section of ceiling.
This is just a detail of one small section of ceiling.
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Venus de Milo
Now that's evil.
Now that’s evil.
The Caryatid Hall is impressive without all the additional art. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caryatid
The Caryatid Hall is impressive without all the additional art.

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I could spend hours just looking at the ceilings.
I could spend hours just looking at the ceilings.
Did I mention that the Louvre is crowded? On the far wall is the Mona Lisa. Good luck getting close.
Did I mention that the Louvre is crowded? On the far wall is the Mona Lisa. Good luck getting close.
This could be an amazing painting, but I simply never got close enough to it to be able to give a personal opinion. And it's behind so much protection that you can't look at it closely, anyway.
This could be an amazing painting, but I simply never got close enough to it to be able to give a personal opinion. And it’s behind so much protection that you can’t look at it closely, anyway.
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Beth

I'm a professional vagabond. I quit my cubical job in January 2014. Since then, I've hiked the Appalachian Trail, The Camino, and taught English in Vietnam, Turkey, Russia, Spain and Mexico. I'm exploring the world.

7 thoughts on “Louvre, Paris”

  1. I never “got” those glass pyramids. Funny how I really don’t like to travel but I would like to see specific places like the Louvre. I hope time travel is invented soon!

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