On our first full day in Paris we headed to The Louvre. We booked our tickets online the night before, it was 17 euro each for a standard ticket (without entry to the special exhibition). You get a timed slot starting from 9am, but the earliest one available to us was 10:30am which was actually perfect as it gave us time to walk there from our hotel. I was feeling pretty awful that morning so needed a little extra time to get going!
It was a grey, rainy weekday so not very busy. A great day to spend inside a museum! We were quickly ushered through the initial security at the glass pyramid (a bag check and through a metal detector) and into the large underground foyer. I remember (sort of) when the pyramid was pretty new and hearing some unconvinced opinions on it. But as we rode down the escalator, looking up through the glass ceiling with natural light coming in I liked it. In the foyer there are some toilets, and some escalators up into the museum proper. At this point they actually scan and check your tickets. Top Tip: the toilets in the foyer are pretty busy, wait until you go through into the museum where they are quieter.
We entered the sculpture area first (by chance, we never managed to get a map!) I wandered around in a bit of a fog to be honest as I wasn’t feeling great all morning. But I do like a bit of sculpture and enjoyed looking around. There was a lot to see from different periods and areas. It did remind me a lot of The British Museum, and we are a bit spoilt having free museums in London (although London is far away and expensive).
Of course no visit to The Louvre would be complete without seeing The Mona Lisa, so here it is! As you can see it was quite a busy gallery space filled with boring paintings, filled with people taking photos of a famous painting they can get 100 different reproductions of in the gift shop around the corner. I judge, yet I too took the obligatory photo and bought the obligatory book mark…