It was a warm winter afternoon in Paris with the Sun high up on the sky. The weather was pleasant and way less cold (thankfully) than I had anticipated. By the time we completed the Walking Tour till Louvre, I was already quite tired but my enthusiasm was high. Probably as there was no sweat it was making me less lethargic.
It was a long walk from Arc De Triomphe to Louvre but the beauty on both sides of the Boulevard didn't allow us to get tired or bored. We went to Louvre through the Concorde and Jardin De Tuilleries or Tuilleries Garden.We were in Paris on a Tuesday and Louvre is closed on Tuesday, therefore, we had to be satisfied by visiting Louvre from outside. SIGH!!! However, Louvre is beautiful architecture and we were more than happy to spend an hour loitering around. When I got a first glimpse of the glass pyramid inside Louvre it reminded me of Davinchi Code by Dan Brown.It would become an extremely lengthy post if I write any more, therefore I will continue the rest of the Walking tour in the second part where I will cover Pont Neuf, Seine River, Notre Dame, and Shakespeare bookstore. Catacomb was not part of the walking tour so it deserves a separate post. It is possible to cover all the major tourist sights of Paris in a day. Stay Tuned!
My next destination was “The Louvre”, about which I have only read in books of Dan Brown & seen in some of the movies. A quick tip before I take you inside louvre: 1. it’s always better to get your tickets online so that you can skip the line. 2. If you did not book your ticket online, there is a backward entrance to Louvre which is closer to the metro station. You can ask any local there if you are unable to figure the entry out. You can save a lot of time by doing so.After entering inside the Louvre, I had to wait a while in another queue for the entry tickets. The entry tickets were for 15 Euros. If you have a whole day at the Louvre, do take the audio guide for another 5 euros. I was totally enchanted with each & every small or big masterpieces which were preserved there for so many years. Key highlights of Louvre from which I could not take my eyes off were Napoleon’s palace, the wall paintings by Da Vinci, Caravaggio, Theodore & the ancient Egyptian & Greek sculptures. It’s quite a herculean task to take a selfie with “The Monalisa”, but I somehow managed to do so. I was so engrossed in the magnanimous history & the impeccable art there, that five hours flew in no time & I realised that I had to rush as I had so much more to do in Paris.
Louvre Museum. The Louvre Museum is the largest art museum in the world. Famous for having the Mona Lisa, about 38,000 objects from prehistoric era to modern history are on display at this museum. Opened in 1793, this is spread over 73,000 square meter area. Annually, the Louvre museum attracts 8.1 million visitors.
It's a a royal palace, the Louvre became a public museum at the end of the 18th century. It is located in the heart of Paris. There are about 35,000 objects on display in this museum, but the most famous is Leonardo DaVinci's painting of Monalisa. Unfortunately, we could not go inside and see the painting. It is the largest art museum in the world. The information was given by our Tour Manager.