Following a recent post about my return to Paris, I questioned the best way to maximise time in and around the Musée du Louvre. It’s such a daunting museumthat having a ‘plan’ (even in the loosest of ways) is essential.Now, I’m not usually a big fan of museums. Unless I’m in the right mood, I tend to switch off a bit and rush through the pieces, keen to get outside and see the rest of the destination – plus I don’t like being told that I ‘should’ admire this official piece. I blame school trips that sometimes lacked substance. People are receptive to different things and that in itself should be respected (for instance I really love the skill and creativity of street art).
The trip to Musee d’Orsay was enjoyable, however the Musée du Louvre fascinates me. This museum is the largest home of history and art in France and one of the most important museums in the world. Located in the heart of Paris, it was previously a royal palace called ‘Louvre Palace’. It includes a wide variety of works of art (ceramics, sculptures, paintings, drawings, archaeological objects) from antiquity to the present. Whilst artwork like the Mona Lisa does’t particularly excite me, I was quite happy to stand and stare at the piece opposite ‘Les Noces de Cana‘.
I think that part of the reason why I enjoy the Musée du Louvre is because of its size and variation. I like the modern pieces, I love wandering the galleries and getting completely lost in it all – plus I do admire the architecture of the building itself. Below are a few photos from my trip, a mix of architecture and artwork from my latest visit.
Whilst I absolutely enjoyed revisiting the Musée du Louvre and taking the opportunity to see parts of the museum that I missed last time (I need at least another two visits to see the rest), I was very happy to go out and enjoy the sunshine. In fact, we were pretty tired after four hours exploring the museum, so we promptly fell asleep on the grass, in the sunshine outside one of the worlds most famous museums. Bliss.
Do you enjoy museums and art galleries as part of your travels? Why (or why not)?