The Louvre

They say that life in big cities goes as follows:

metro, boulot, dodo (répète)
In English that’s: metro, work, sleep (repeat). It’s like eat, sleep, rave, repeat but not fun.

And I totally get it. I’m tired all the time. I work all day, spend about two hours on the metro and the second I get home all I want to do is flop on the bed and sleep for days.

However, yesterday was Friday. With no responsibilities on Saturday, I didn’t care how tired I was, I was going to do something. It was time to break that stupid cycle. So…

*drumroll please*

I went to the Louvre! Wild, I know. I’m sure you guessed that already from the blog title but it’s still cool to build it up.

Paris has this cool system where they let 18 to 25 year olds who reside in the EU into the main tourist attractions for free as long as you can show your ID. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include all of them so we still have to pay to go up the Eiffel Tower. But free access to Versailles, Arc de Triumph, Musée d’Orsay and the Louvre is not bad at all. If you’re from the UK, it might be best to make the most of it while you can. That’s what I’m doing anyway!

The Louvre is huge. And by huge, I mean gigantic. I’m glad it’s free entry, because I can go in as many times as I want and slowly work my way around the whole museum. Yesterday I visited the Ancient Greek and Roman section, the Italian paintings section and of course, the one and only, Mona Lisa.

I actually got lost on the way to see her, which you’d think would be impossible given the the signs at every turn directing you to the painting. I’d been walking down an extremely long corridor for about five (it felt longer) minutes before I’d realised I’d gone past it. That’s how big the Louvre is.

When I finally got to the right room, it took a minute to see her because of the vast sea of tourists enveloping her with their cameras. Okay I exaggerate, but I did have to wait my turn to get a picture. She’s unsurprisingly sought after. She’s also surprisingly small, so don’t be disappointed if you’re expecting to see a large painting. Size really doesn’t translate on television.

As it was a last minute decision to go to the Louvre I didn’t bother to make plans with anyone. It’s always a different experience sight seeing by yourself. It’s not necessarily less fun; you just have to find new ways to entertain yourself. This was mine:

In all seriousness, the Louvre is an amazing museum full of extraordinary works of art. It’s worth an explore, even if you’re only there to see the Mona Lisa. If you only have enough time to visit once, make sure you go early and be prepared to walk. A lot. Did I mention the Louvre was big?