The Louvre is our next destination after our tour around the Eiffel Tower, and Seine River. We were very excited about seeing more of Paris. We spent our next day in Paris at The Louvre Palace. When it comes to our experience visiting the Louvre Museum, we’re completely at a lost for words, not because we don’t know what to say but because there’s really no words that can describe such an eye-opening experience. We were in complete awe when we stood at the center of the courtyard in the Louvre Palace. It was truly a breath-taking moment that cannot be described with words alone but have to be felt instead. We were surrounded by so much beauty, and culture all around and this was just from the outside.
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The scene from the courtyard of the Louvre Palace with the Louvre Pyramid serving as the entrance to the museum was simply an amazing architecture and design. Its combination of modern and classical design is truly an artwork. Its beauty is even more dramatic at night when the lights come on to shine over the glass Pyramid. Below it is the Inverted Pyramid (La Pyramide Inversée), which serves as a skylight for the Carrousel Du Louvre shopping mall. As the name implies, it’s a smaller version of the pyramid above it but turned upside down.
The Inverted Pyramid is well-known from the movie the Da Vinci Code, but its design and artwork is truly something to be marveled. Below the downwards-pointing tip of the glass pyramid is a small stone pyramid with just about a few inches distance between the two tips. Situated in front of the museum entrance it guides the visitors towards the museum entrace with a dramatic view of its magnificent design.
When we entered the Louvre Museum, you can right away tell it was one of the largest in the world. The museum entrance is at the center and the exhibits were divided between the 3 wings. We had the choice of where to go first and we’re given maps and an electronic guide of the museum that looked like a modified Nintendo DS. A personal tour package was available, which takes about an hour and a half to see most of the exhibits with someone guiding you through the museum. There are over a million artworks in the Louvre Palace but only about 35,000 are on display. Seeing the original “Mona Lisa” painting, “The Last Supper” and many more well-known artworks were a definite treat for us. From the walls to the ceilings, the Palace was filled with beautiful artworks all around. We chose to explore the museum on our own so that we can take our time to see everything. It took us about 4 hours walking around the Louvre Palace and taking photos of which you can see on our gallery below.
If you ever visit Paris, the Louvre Museum is definitely a must to see. In order to fully immerse your self in the beauty and culture that Paris has to offer. Just a warning that there’s always a huge line up to get inside the museum. From local schools taking kids on a field trip to tourist and guest visiting Paris the line up can take hours to get inside. To avoid the line up for the museum entrance, we used the City Pass, which gave us a Fast Track and Free Entry not only to the Louvre Museum, but also to other Paris Attractions. It also includes Free Paris Bus Tour on the Hop On Hop Off Big Bus. It also allows unlimited travel on the metro, RER and buses.
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