Saturday, January 23


~The Louvre~

Normally we wouldn't have attempted the Louvre with the kids or without, honestly. It was just so incredibly crowded it didn't seem like the right time. But, we were searching for a specific work of art. According to our information (which was wrong) it was housed in the Louvre. So, off to the Louvre it was for us.

After about 5 minutes of standing in line a fairy godmother dressed in a museum uniform approached and directed us to the entrance. We guessed it was due to the age of the girls and the stroller. Another reason we don't want them to grow up - line cutting at museums. Note to self: even if the children do indeed grow up, still force them into a stroller when standing in line at famous sites. Once in our plan was simple, find the statue, look at it and leave. Not so easy.

Since everyone in the world was at the Louvre that day the coat check was full, that meant we got to haul a stroller, 4 winter coats, 4 scarves, 2 hats and 4 pairs of gloves through the bursting at the seams museum. ugg. It had stairs too, did I mention that? We piled all the gear into the stroller and set off.

After reading the museum map I was pretty sure the statue that we wanted to see was not housed there. I tried standing in the information line, but it never moved. So ,we decided to see the Mona Lisa and go from there. We made it to the room where she was housed only to see people at least 5 deep surrounding her. See for your self:

Bryce put Eva on his shoulders so she could see. Can you find her?
This was a great solution. However, the security guards didn't agree.
Bryce held my point and click over his head and snapped a picture. I'm not sure why I wanted one. Everyone else was doing it, I started feeling like maybe we should too. It's smaller than you'd think, no?
We're at the Mona Lisa. Let's take a picture. Never mind that she's not in the picture.

After the Mona Lisa we headed for the Venus de Milo. There I asked a security guard about the statue we wanted to see. He told me all Impressionist work is housed in the Musee d' Orsay. Doh! All in all we managed to see 3 things in the Louvre - the Mona Lisa, Venus de milo and Nike of Samothrace. Not bad for a museum trip with 2 little kids. We'd try our luck again the next day at the Musee d'Orsay.


Caroline Martin said...

Sad that you turned up at the wrong gallery but thanks for posting the photos anyway. I enjoyed the tour.
I am going to be see some of the impressionist artwork named "Masters from Paris" her in Australia in Feb. Not quiet as spectacular as being the artwork IN Paris, but that's as close as i am going to get at the moment.
The local community art group i joined last year are going(about 30 students and our art teacher). We are catching a plane from melbourne to canberra to view the artwork, have dinner, drinks and discussion, a stay overnight and then back home and then back to work on the monday. Can't wait. I will blog and post photos next month too.

Jessica said...

Not bad at all for a trip to the museum with two little ones. Someday I'll visit the Louvre!

Road Trippers said...

Okay, next best thing to having a stroller is to have a wheelchair. All you need is to have your kid break their leg! Enzo broke his foot when he was 4, and our trip to Vegas was slick. We had front row EVERYTHING, lots of attention and zip zip zip to the front of lines we went!

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