We did it! We finally made it to Le Louvre.
After a morning rain (really I should say days of rain), Chad and I headed out to Le Louvre, walking through the Tuileries Gardens (complete with a carnival) to get there. And Le Louvre is just as crazy as everyone says it is.
Crazy good and crazy bad.
Crazy bad: So, so many people. And 99% of the museum is really hot and stuffy because of the large crowds. My advice: wear layers (I did!) so you can peel them off while wandering the museum. Also, the Mona Lisa area was a madhouse. Hundreds of people crowded around, pushing their way to the front, waving their cameras in the air to take a photo (really?) of this masterpiece.
Crazy good: It’s Le Louvre! The building itself is just amazing. Did you know that it was once the royal palace? I mean, people lived in this place! My favorite part that we visited was the Egyptian Antiquities. Ever since I saw the movie Stargate way back when (middle school maybe?) I’ve had a thing for awesome Egyptian relics and art.
We stayed until closing when they ushered us out. All in all, I’m so glad we went. But if we were ever to visit Le Louvre again, it will be in February on a Thursday, i.e. when half the amount of people (maybe less?) are there.Oh yeah - I almost forgot. Our audio guide was on a Nintendo 3DS. Amazing! In addition to telling you about the art, it helps lead you through the museum and can pinpoint exactly where you are, prompting itself to tell you about the wing you are walking through. Like I said - amazing!