Louvre Museum (Paris, France)

June 17, 2016

Louvre Museum Paris

Whenever I hear the word "Paris," the first two things that instantly cross my mind are: (1) the Eiffel Tower; and (2) the Louvre Museum.  Certainly, these are two of the most popular tourist attractions you shouldn't dare miss when you find yourself in the City of Love.

In my last post, I have already shared with you the beautiful photos of the famous Eiffel Tower, which I took from Trocadero.   So, this time, allow me to give you a glimpse of what's inside one of the most visited museums in the world, LOUVRE.

To tell you honestly, my family and I were not able to tour the entire museum due to time constraints.  It's enormous, you would probably need a day or two to see all the masterpieces displayed in the palace.  Yes, you read that right!  The building, which houses the world's most popular and priceless artworks, used to be a royal palace hundreds of years ago.  It was grand, opulent, and definitely breathtaking!  (My husband and I were literally out of breath after carrying our sleeping son and his stroller through the NUMEROUS stairs in the museum.  And by numerous, I mean, A LOT!!!  There are elevators available for people with special needs, but they're either hidden in far off places or currently out of service.  Hence, I would say that this place maybe a bit of a challenge to explore especially if you're with someone who needs a pram or a wheelchair.)

Just one of the many stairs we had to climb to get around the museum.  Indeed, the struggle of traveling with a toddler is REAL!!!

Winged Victory of Samothrace
The Winged Victory of Samothrace is a marble sculpture which is believed to have been created around 190 BC

Yeah, the sculpture is pretty huge! 

Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa
Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the most famous among all the paintings in Louvre and the most valued painting all over the world, looked so tiny in person -- it actually measures 21 x 30 inches, just a bit larger than an A2 piece of paper.  

The museum has a lot to offer, a lot more than what you can actually imagine!  People who are basically obsessed with art will surely enjoy this place.  However, for non-art lovers like me, Louvre can somehow be a little too overwhelming. 

There are thousands of art pieces to see in the museum, but since we didn't have the luxury of time to see them all, we simply decided to have a look of the Mona Lisa and the Egyptian mummy.  Can you believe we spent three hours walking around Louvre just for that?  I'm not exaggerating here.  The palace is just really gigantic... I mean, overly gigantic!  It's the world's biggest museum after all, so I strongly suggest to plan your itinerary in advance and get a museum map to help you with navigation.  That way, your tour will more likely to be efficient, leaving you with more time and energy to enjoy other attractions in Paris!

The Great Sphinx of Tanis
The Great Sphinx of Tanis

My son got really bored touring the Louvre...

Sarcophagus box of Ramesses III
Sarcophagus box of Ramesses III

My sister posing before the Egyptian sarcophaguses

Egyptian mummy in Louvre
A well preserved mummy of a man who lived during the Ptolemaic period

Apart from the overwhelming artworks in the museum, brace yourself as well for the huge crowd flocking in this place. Musee du Louvre welcomes approximately 15,000 people everyday, therefore it's always wiser to buy your ticket online or get a Paris Pass in order to avoid the long queue of tourists waiting at the entrance gate.  

If in case you've found yourself bored, staring at the museum's paintings, sculptures, artifacts, etc. -- which actually what happened to me because admittedly, I'm not really a great fan of art -- I suggest you try to divert your attention to the building's architecture instead, for that alone is already very impressive!  Every corner of the palace looked so Instagram-worthy, making it a perfect place for shooting your OOTDs!  Just make sure your camera's flash is turned off because flash photography is strictly prohibited inside.

An intricately designed ceiling of Musee du Louvre

The classy and sophisticated architecture of The museum's exterior

Place du Carrousel
This beautiful view of Place du Carrousel can be seen from the south wing of Louvre Museum

My dearest husband with the Louvre palace on the background

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel  is a monument just outside the Louvre, which was originally built as an entrance of the Tuileries palace

Rafa was not able to join in this photo because he was busy taking his nap

Touring the massive Louvre Museum is exhausting, especially for parents like us who need to tag along a toddler and a stroller.  Nevertheless, I would say that it is, indeed, one of the best attractions I've seen in the City of Love!  In fact, if ever we'll be given another chance to travel to France, I would still want to give this museum a visit and check out the other exhibits we didn't get to see.  (I just hope next time, we don't need to bring a pram with us anymore!  Lol!)

Truly, you can't go to Paris without seeing the Louvre!

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