|The entrance is just over there!|
The louvre is split into 3 areas and each area is either 3, 4 or 5 floors high - depending on whether it has floor 3 and the lower ground floor or not. Luckily, the map is colour coded and the man rooms are numbered. So it should be easy - but as soon as we stepped into the first large open area we saw that the 'single floor' on the map was actually 3 or 4 floors with stairs and balconies that all appeared to be on the ground floor itself. It got better later on when we saw a sign saying we were in room 19 of the ground floor, but we actually knew where we were and room 19 was at the other end of the museum. To get from floor 2 or one area to floor 2 of another you have to go up one set of stairs and down 2 other, before rounding a corner and climbing a different set and going back the way you came. I'm sure there are people walking around the Louvre who entered years ago and just cant find their way out.
I actually found the way out really easily as I took a wrong turn at one point and ended up the wrong side of a pane of glass travelling up an escalator towards the exit door. There was no way to turn around, so I knocked at Buffy on the glass and told here to stay put, while I made my way back to the entrance and to where she was waiting - that was fun!
The museum itself is huge and full of some absolute treasures. We enjoyed most of it, but when you have seen 300 paintings and thousands of similar statues it gets a bit tiring. So I was really happy to find some cool things that were a bit out of the norm...
|Cool skeleton statue thing|
|Little slave ship built by hand thousands of years ago!|
|Egyptian of Alion? (Alien)|
|Buff and a huge statue!|
|There are better Statues than Venus de Milo...but the crowds love it|
|I went round the back....|
|and noticed something funny!!!|
|and huge crowds trying to get a photo of the Mona Lisa|
|I used my zoom and got two pictures of it in one!!|
One weird thing we noticed in Paris were the signs warning of pickpockets at all the main sights.
They are the only thing that seems consistent around Paris as the pickpockets are always depicted as a huge red man. They are everywhere....
|Happy Pickpocket at the Eiffel tower...|
|On the metro...|
|At the Louvre...|
|Even pickpockets can be hit by trains!!! hahahahahaha|
Next time I go to Paris...Im going to wear one of these.......
|Kids should watch out for closing train doors...|
|so should scruffy rabbits!!|
|Our final two views of the Louvre - the grand entrance place|
|and people stood in rows taking photos of the pyramid!|
(Thanks to Susan Cowtan for pointing out my mistakes on this post!!) :-)