Statue of Venus de Milo at the Louvre

A Visit to The Louvre Museum of Paris

On our latest trip to Europe, on the same trip I first visited Norway, my friend and I dedicated one of our days in Paris to visit the Louvre. From the moment I saw this world-famous landmark, I was impressed.

The Entrance

Even before entering the museum, I appreciated it, since the building itself is stunning. The contrast between the modern glass pyramid entrance and the old-fashioned buildings around it give it a unique, and unexpected look.

It surprised me that the line wasn’t long at all. Maybe because we visited on a weekday. But I wish we came more prepared. If you were a citizen of the European Nations (including Norway and Sweden) you could get in for free. Lexie and I are both dual citizens, she of Norway and I of Romania, so if we had proof of this, we could’ve gotten in for free. We learned for next time.
The Louvre Entrance. Paris
The Louvre Entrance. Paris

Delacroix at the Louvre

When we visited, the lower floor was dedicated to Delacroix, a famous painter from Paris. They rotate exhibits in these galleries, and this time they showed the works of this 19th-century artist. I recognized one of his most famous painting, the Liberty Leading the People, but all his work was impressive. I learned a lot about him during this visit. It was cool to see some of his old notebooks where he had written and sketched.

Delacroix at the Louvre
The most famous painting of Eugène Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People, at the Louvre in May 2018

Ancient Greek and Roman Statues

But my favorite exhibit by far was the one with the Ancient Greek and Roman statues. Greek and Roman mythology always fascinated me and seeing all the beautiful statues was surreal. I couldn’t believe how intricate and real-looking the artists made it. Looking at them, I kept having to remind myself that this was an actual rock, which made it all the more impressive.

Statue of Venus de Milo at the Louvre
The statue of Venus de Milo, Roman Goddess of Beauty

The Mona Lisa

You can’t visit the Louvre and not see the Mona Lisa, the most famous painting here. We had to see it, too. As the most valuable piece of art, they had it behind glass. Security and a huge mob of people surrounded us when we were close. As beautiful as it is, I felt that we couldn’t fully enjoy it. We stopped briefly, got the best picture we could, and moved on.

The Mona Lisa
Leonardo da Vinci’s famous Mona Lisa behind glass.

Surrounded by Art

Walking through the Louvre was an experience I will never forget. Stunning pieces of art filled the hallways, the rooms, and even the ceilings in some exhibit halls. We strolled by the paintings before we finally headed out.

Hallway in the Louvre
Strolling through the hallways filled with art in the Louvre.
Painting on the ceiling in the Louvre
Paintings and sculptures on the ceiling in the Louvre

About the Author:

Leanne Fromm is a classically trained dancer, choreographer and dance teacher, and an avid traveler. She has been exploring the world with her family since she was a toddler. Now, she travels on her own and loves exploring new places, meeting new people, learning about new cultures.

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