Trip Report: Paris (part 4) The Louvre

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Introduction
LOT Business Class Chicago to Warsaw
Hotel du Louvre
The Louvre
Park Hyatt Paris
Notre Dame and adding our “lock of love” to a Parisian bridge
Versailles
French Open (day 1)
French Open (day 2)
Radisson Blu Champs Elysees
Arc de Triomphe and Siene river cruise
Radisson Blu Le Metropolitan
Le Eiffel Tower and Sacre Couer
Lunch at Le Jules Verne in the Eiffel Tower and other Dining options around Paris
LOT Polish Airlines Economy Class WAW-ORD
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The Louvre

On our first morning in Paris we got up early! We didn’t go to bed until about 1am and woke up at 7am to get to the Louvre when it opened at 9am.  We stopped at a cafe across the street from the Louvre and our hotel and had a quick coffee and croissant. When we walked over to the entry of the Louvre we saw a long line already only about 10 minutes after it opened.  However later in the day we would realize that the line gets MUCH longer!! It was maybe about a 20 minute wait for us to get in and we got a bit lucky as they opened up a second line as we got closer and got right to the security check entrance.

One of the most amazing thing about the Louvre is the size of it-its MASSIVE!  I cannot believe how big the place is!  There is no way to tackle the whole thing in one day and that was not our goal.  We wanted to take a leisurely stroll and when we got tired we would  quit. Make sure you grab a map either before you enter to plan your attack or right away as you enter. Early in the morning is a good time to go as the crowds aren’t as massive so I suggest to get in early! The price was right around14 euros per person but you can also buy a Paris pass and museum pass if your going to go multiple days or to multiple museums as they might be a better value in that case.  About 3 hours in we did stop for lunch at the main cafe or cafeteria they had.  It was also very busy there and we were lucky to find a table and some people would just wait for someone to get up and grab their seat. Food is overpriced in Paris and it was no different there.

All in all we had a great day at the museum however as the day wore on and the crowds picked up we slowly got worn out.  I think it was about 3:30 pm before we decided to leave for the day. It is truly amazing to look at all the detail and grandness of the Louvre! I have included some pictures below but not too many. I hope you enjoy!

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Outside the Louvre entrance

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The Louvre entry and line

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Inside the Louvre

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Greek art

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Greek art

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Greek art

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Venus de Milo

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Venus de Milo

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Greek art

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Ceiling art
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Painting

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The Great Hall

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Amazing paintings

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The hordes around the Mona Lisa

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Mona Lisa

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Getting closer

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Mona Lisa
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Had the camera on auto mode and it focused on my wife

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My turn

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Pretty much everyone in this room is there to see the Mona Lisa

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Painting

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Love the detail in the armor

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Amazingly intricate and detailed

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Claude Monet

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Renoir

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View from second floor of Louvre

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Lots of field trips and group tours

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I want to buy this one

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