Almost every tourist to Paris, France plans to visit the world’s largest museum, the Louvre. Characterized by the glass pyramid, it is also one of the world’s most famous landmarks. The museum actually is comprised of three buildings and you can barely see everything in a full day. You want to be sure you see the best works of art and the most famous: The Venus de Milo, the Victory of Smothrace and the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo da Vinci at the beginning of the 16th century.
Paris travel advice includes planning to participate in the museum’s guided tour, and then you are free to walk around on your own and visit the rest of the rooms in the museum, if you choose to. Many people get worn out with the walking before they have accomplished this task, so that is why it is worthwhile to take the guided tour versus going it on your own. The other reason is that many of the plaques are in French, so the guide-interpreter is very helpful.
Another piece of Paris travel advice-all government landmarks are closed on Tuesdays, including the Louvre. The tour needs to be booked 24 hours in advance and it is a two hour guided-interpreter visit. The price of the tour is 42 Euros per person for the guided tour or 9 Euros for entry on your own and special exhibits cost extra.
Admission to the Louvre, and all national museums is free on the first Sunday of every month, but another piece of Paris travel advice-It will probably be very crowded, in some cases a madhouse. No matter what day you go, it is best to get there very early to avoid long lines.
A secret piece of Paris travel advice-buy a Cartee De Musees et Monuments if you plan to see a few museums and monuments. It gets you into everything in Paris except the Eiffel Tower and puts you at the FRONT of the line, if you go over to the Richelieu wing entrance, (if you are facing the Pyramid, it is on your left, under the archway) they will wave you in immediately.
The famous glass pyramid that was part of the aggressive expansion and renovation of the 1980’s is located in the central courtyard that serves as the museum’s main entrance. The expansion of the Louvre stretches from Arc du Carrousel west through the Tuileries Gardens and the Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle.
The expansive museum contains many of the royal collections of art, in addition to the most famous pieces. Some of the galleries such as the Apollo are gold from floor to ceiling with precious works of art. The Greek Sculptures are another favorite part of the Louvre. Keep in mind that the Louvre consists of four massive levels with each floor having 2 to 6 themes. Paris travel advice-get a map of the layout because you can’t see everything in one day.
There are plenty of shops and restaurants in the museum. The Arc de Triomphe is visible from the Louvre and there is also a beautiful park adjacent to it, so you could always plan a picnic lunch of some wines and cheeses, with a loaf of French bread, or plan to sign up for a wine and cheese tasting lunch, which is the newest concept in Paris.