At the Louvre

Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre

Artist sketching, Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre

I’m telling you, the best investment I made during my time in Paris was a membership to the Louvre. I made sure to visit the Musée Rodin frequently, as well, but the Louvre is unlike any other museum in the world, and I had free access to it whenever I wanted. I might even feel a bit smug about how familiar I became with the mammoth layout and the art; most people visiting Paris spend only a few hours here at most, running to the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo and Winged Victory, now that she’s back in her rightful spot. I don’t begrudge a quick visit –it’s still a visit, and it warms my heart that people are going to museums at all– but it’s a shame that more tourists don’t have excessive amounts of time to devote to wandering the museum without a schedule. There are some real gems to be found in wings hardly anyone visits, and even the architecture of the building itself is worth exploring and appreciating. At sunset, the light bounces off the domed marble rooms in magnificent, blinding ways. Being able to watch (lurk) on someone sketching in an empty stairwell was, simply, magical.

My membership card has an expiration date of May 6, 2015, which means I have nine months to get back to Paris and use it. Don’t worry, I have some tricks up my sleeve. Unrelated question: do I know anyone with a private jet? Asking for a friend.

10 thoughts on “At the Louvre

  1. Je crois que tu devras négocié ave la mairie de Paris! Tes photos sont tellement belles que tu pourras travaillé pour eux! La mairie de Paris en plus doigt avoir de jet privés !
    Sérieusement, tes photos sont magnifiques ;)

  2. Oh man, my friends need to step up their “owning a private jet” game too :-) You’re so lucky to have been able to call the Louvre your personal playground!

  3. if i only had a few hours, i would probably be guilty of doing the tourist things myself, but i think it would be most lovely to be able to stroll into the louvre and just wander around, especially in the quieter parts of the museum.

    that room! ohmygoodness, the layers and layers of crystals and gold is bedazzling. and that chandelier! how does one even get such a light fixture mounted on the ceiling? that is massive! xo

  4. No matter how little time a tourist has, I would say a visit to the Louvre is imperative. My grandparents spent a month in Paris once (out of their numerous visits) and for two weeks they attended everyday, focusing on just a few sections at a time in order to appreciate the vast amount and complexity of the museum. I plan on repeating their endeavor one day.

  5. When I was in NYC for the summer, years back, I got into all of the museums for free with my work ID. I wandered the halls of the Met for hours on end and it’s one of the fondest memories that I have of the city. The walls seemed to just whisper – you belong

  6. beautiful pics. I love the Louvre. once you know how to avoid the crowds it’s just the best place to be on a rainy day!

  7. wow so gorgeous. i would have loved to visited more than half a day. all the more reason to go back for both you and i!

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