Free and open to all: Louvre
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The Louvre is an amazing museum that lives up to its world-famous reputation.
I have visited this treasure a couple of time before, but this visit seemed a bit different. I saw the glass pyramid for the first time at night and I was struck admiration for both the vast collection and colorful history of the buildings, the and just the entire place..
First, the Louvre, along with all the national museums, is open free to the public on the first Sunday of every month. I was really fortunate to be here on this day. It is quite a madhouse, but the line seems to move faster because people are not queuing to pay the admission fee.
The collection itself spans centuries and continents with apparent ease. Pillaged, seized, and bought, the pieces tell a complicated story of a growing global commerce. Some of my favorites include Nike, Winged Victory, the Botticelli frescoes (even though the figures all look the same), the collection of ancient Greek, Egyptian, and Etruscan work and the Jacques-Louis David paintings (notably the Coronation of Napoleon). I also discovered very quickly, the closer you get to the Mona Lisa, the less likely you will be able to take a photo. I was sooooo so cool when I approached the front of the line, believing I was going to capture the perfect close up only to be told that “you can’t take pictures here!” I was quite bumbed but got back into the crowd and tried again.
The Napoleon Apartments are a startling example of the splendor royalty lived in. The dining room seats over forty, and it has hidden doors through which the servants could disappear. The rooms are filled with red velvet and gilt chandeliers, furniture, and other decorations.
This museum is truly astounding. I urge you to visit it many times, to learn about the history of the chateau itself, to learn about the works held within its walls, to find new things each time, and to not be discouraged by the tourist-infected hallways and rooms. Ignore them and gawk at the art.