Of course the reason why most people visit the Louvre is the fantastic pieces of art it houses. A museum since the 18th century, when the royal family moved the court to Versailles, there are so many works of art here that it would take you a hundred days to see everything.
Of course there are the most famous residents – the Mona Lisa, if you can get close enough to see her, the Winged Victory of Samothrace (my personal favorite) and the Venus de Milo, amongst others. Expect crowds if you go, but don’t let them ruin your experience. There are still enough spots hidden away in the Louvre that you can get lost and away from the biggest concentrations of visitors. When you get tired, take a break at one of the many cafes scattered throughout the Louvre. Have a coffee, people watch. This is a great place to do it.
I would love to go back to Paris and just plan the entire vacation around going to the Louvre every day and taking pictures. And yes, they allow no flash photography. The sculptures are my favorite to photograph – there are so many angles to capture, each one evoking a different feel. Here are few from my last visit.
I hope they inspire you to go… 🙂
All photos by the author.