The Louvre - My Family Travels

From the noisy urban streets, I made my way to the glass pyramid outside the Louvre in Paris. From there, I entered into the enormous building where I purchased tickets to start my tour. The absence of noise compared to the masses of people outside the museum was outstanding. It was a time where I could honestly say you could hear a pin drop.

As I made my way through the swarms of people and the maze-like corridors, I admired all the architecture on the ceiling and walls of the museum. I remember standing with hundreds of other visitors with heads tilted back in awe as every person gazed at the structure of everything in the magnificent museum. All the fine detail of images on the building itself was just as sensational as the art inside.

Looking at all 35,000 pieces of artwork in the remarkable museum could take up to a week, but I had to do it in a day. Without reading about every piece of art, I walked through the museum rather quickly, yet still trying to study all that I could. I was getting a chance to see some of the most famous art in the world. I wanted to make sure I would see the sculpture and painting that I have heard so much about before, The Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa.

The room withholding The Venus de Milo was just as silent as all the other rooms. People read about the ancient sculpture, and I stood pondering about how such a glorious creation could have been made so long ago. Still not completely understanding how one piece of art can take the whole world’s breath, the Mona Lisa is truly another masterpiece that does just that. This icon had a massive wall to itself, and lines of people looked star-struck as they waited peacefully to get a chance to stand directly in front of the fine piece of art with cameras ready.

The stuffiness of the building was becoming unbearable, and without having anywhere to keep my jacket besides in my arms, I was ready to call it a day. Making my way towards the front of the building, I noted once again how there were shops, restaurants, and even a post office inside. The French clearly take pride in the world’s greatest art museum and for good reason.

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