Favourite photos: Enjoying the Louvre. Eventually.

When I went to the Louvre, I did not create conditions for success. I had spent the day at Versailles, and arrived back in the city, exhausted, with a few hours to kill before it was wine o’clock (followed by sleep-like-the-dead o’clock). By the time I worked my way through the line and starting navigating the labyrinthine corridors, I knew I had made a terrible mistake. Luckily, the plan for the Louvre has a “greatest hits” listing for particularly uninspired visitors like myself.

In the end, the visit was totally worth it. As I leaving the Mona Lisa room, I could hear a group of loud, American-accented voices behind me. I swear on a stack of vintage Nancy Drew mysteries, the following quotation is 100% accurate.

“We should go see that Venus de Milo. I don’t know why, but it’s famous.”

That’s as good a reason as any. After I recovered from my exhaustion-induced giggle fit, I followed that group of Americans for another half-hour, enjoying every single minute of their running commentary. Their lack of pretension and simple enjoyment of the world’s finest and best-known works of art was enough to shake me out of sleepy funk. Thanks, ladies!

Venus de Milo at the Louvre

8 thoughts on “Favourite photos: Enjoying the Louvre. Eventually.”

  1. Great shot, Krista! You got quite close. How did you fight your way through the Paparazzi? I’m impressed. Fun and funny quote! Swearing on a stack of vintage Nancy Drew mysteries, Venus is worth the trek, eh?! T.

    1. She sure is! It was temporarily relocated when I visited (this was way back in 2009), so it was pretty difficult to find. I thought about building the post around my Mona Lisa paparazzi pic – it may happen in the future.

      This is why I’m glad I keep such detailed journals. I couldn’t remember if I had written it down or not, but I did!

    2. Yes, do feature Mona Lisa! I’m looking forward to it. T. (In my collection, I have a funny “Winged Victory” paparazzi shot. So many digital cameras in the air! And yes, the Louvre is a great place to eavesdrop.)

  2. I laughed when I saw this title – I’ve got to say the Louvre is probably my least favorite museum. The first time I visited, was with my high school Europe Trip and it was after a full day sightseeing in NYC and 48 straight hours of no sleep. I hated it. 2nd time I took my Aunt to see it when she came to visit me when I was in Rouen on exchange – it was super crowded. The ticket line took forever and the room to see the Mona Lisa was so packed I didn’t even bother going in.

    If it had been up to me I wouldn’t have bothered going back, but my mom really wanted to see it, so when we were there a few weeks ago, we went on a Friday night. It was pretty quiet, and it was free for me as that night they were letting in people under 26 without tickets. This time it was a much nicer experience, the room where Mona was – wasn’t as crowded as I was used to, this time I even got up close. The rest of the wings we explored were dead, and my mom and I ended up down in the basement with remains of the old fortress to ourselves which was pretty cool. So I guess third time was the charm, I actually enjoyed myself at the Louvre.

    1. I like the idea of going when it’s going to be deserted. It’s almost too overwhelming to contemplate going back! I think if I lived there, I would make more of an effort to see more of it. There’s so much more than the Mona Lisa!

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