So I have a confession to make. It has been 7 years since Ive been to the Louvre. Shameful, I know considering that during the time I lived in Lyon, I visited Paris twice….and oh you know…..I’ve been living in Paris for the past 6 months…
Oh, and did I mention that I’m writing my thesis ON THE LOUVRE? Gosh, someone needs to slap my wrist.
Mom and my 15 year-old self in front of the Louvre way back in 2007. Of course we are matching…….
Don’t get me wrong, I have seen the outside of the Louvre many, many times. Its massive exterior is hard to miss once you get anywhere close to what I fondly call “tourist land.” Although the palace is gorgeous and marvelous to look at, stepping inside it’s ancient walls is an entirely different story.
I shall explain:
The Louvre is the world’s largest museum with its 652,300 square feet housing 35,000 works of art. It is also the most visited museum in the world welcoming more than 9.7 million visitor per year.
First off, that is a lot of stuff to look at with a lot of ground to cover. Second, that is a lot of obnoxious tourists to deal with.
Needless to say the Louvre is an intimidating place, but hath no fear, it is February (not the most popular month for tourists) and so, I decided to take the leap and revisit the Louvre. After an hour and a half I was only able to cover one floor of one wing of the museum. I chose to start with something a little less non-traditional and visited the Islamic art, Coptic Egypt, and East Mediterranean collections.
The Islamic art collection is the newest addition to the Louvre officially opening in 2003, but was reopened in 2012 in this modern space.
Beautiful tiles from the Eastern Mediterranean exhibit.
Giant mosaic floor from St. Christopher’s Church in Lebanon.
Since I only made it to one tiny portion of the museum, I have decided that every Friday, I am going to visit one floor of one wing until I have seen the entire museum. If my calculations are correct I should be done in 10 weeks. (!!!) Oh, the things we do for our (most likely useless) graduate degrees. I will keep you posted on my progress.