We Went To The Louvre During Peak Season…

Crowds. I can only hope that you are not claustrophobic should you ever decide to visit the famous Louvre Museum during peak tourist season a.k.a. when Charles and I were there this past July. Because it’s reallly, realllly crowded. Like “bout to throw dem bows” crowded… Luckily for me and Charles, we were mentally prepared to endure such crowds since we had done our research beforehand. We were up at the crack of dawn (7:30am) to get there in time for the 9:00am opening of the museum. Of course, everyone else had the same idea and we all kind of arrived at the same time haha but not really haha but really haha because it was what it was… haha. (<– Did I really just type that sentence?)

With our tickets in hand, we had only one main objective for the Louvre: To see the Mona Lisa. Other than that, we planned just wander around and enjoy ourselves along the way. So off we went to the Denon Wing to see Mona and her glorified smirk. We walked through corridors upon corridors, making a few stops along the way to check out the artwork and so that I could admire the ceilings because well, the ceilings were pretty spectacular. If anything I was more impressed with the ceiling art and building design than alot of the artwork and sculptures along the eye level walls… Hence the many photos of ceilings to come..

^^ Ceiling #1
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^^ Ceiling #2
Many tour groups are led by guides who carry umbrellas or sticks with flags above their heads to keep their group together. Whenever Charles and I saw a stick waving in the air in front of us, we braced ourselves for traffic jams since these large groups generally move at a slower pace. 
 ^^ Ceiling #3
 ^^ Doesn’t it look like the people standing below the painting are an extension of the artwork? 
Almost like they could climb into the painting to join in on Jesus and The Last Dinner if they wanted to… 
^^ Life Imitating Art
^^ Charles For The Photobomb Win (Ceiling #4)
Oh Mona… She just looking at us looking at her liiiike, “Meh. What-eva. Seen one tourist, I seen ’em all.” So after we were done checking her out, Charles and I left the Denon Wing to go check out the art in the Sully and Richelieu Wings which is when I put my camera in my purse to be present in the moment.. And 3 hours later, we finally made our way outside to get some fresh air and attempt to touch the tip of the Louvre pyramid…
Major emphasis on attempt haha… But at least I tried right??? Anyways, I think this is a good stopping point for today. Our visit to the Louvre marked the beginning of our 1st day in Paris a.k.a. our 4th day in France. It also marks the beginning of my sharing photos with you from our time abroad this past July/August. As you can see, I’m more than likely going to be bouncing around sharing posts about Europe out of order to keep things exciting and also because I’ve been editing my photos out of order as well… (Un) Organized creative chaos for the win :) 
Have you ever visited a tourist destination during peak tourist season? How did/do you deal with the crowds?
Happy Happy Monday!

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  • Holy crappie this is a lot of people. The thing that makes it bad is the crazies that push and cut and act like fools. Glad you braved it for the Mona Lisa…and old man balls lol!

    Thanks for linking up for MMG :)

  • When we went there it was insanely packed too. I couldn't get over how small the mona lisa was and how large the lourve was. you could literally spend a week in there.

  • I went to London in July, and the line to ride the London Eye was like a 3 hour wait, but it was very much worth it. Crazy how many people care about that Mona chick!

  • The rest of my family were just there a few months ago–I think it would be cool to wander, but it's not a very quiet place to be when it's so packed!

  • hahaha our goal at Lourve was also just to see ms. ML. We were there only 45 min prior to closing so we got to see her without some crazy pool of Asians lurking around. After that we roamed around Jardins des Tuileries, where Rob almost got "robbed" by this little gypsy lady trying to lurk him in on asking if the ring in her hand was his ring. Good thing I read about scams in paris, I freakin' drag the shit out of him and told him to run from the lady! hahahaha…

    about i've been to Time Square during the summer and that made me hate going on peak season. Sardines of MADNESS!

  • hahaha our goal at Lourve was also just to see ms. ML. We were there only 45 min prior to closing so we got to see her without some crazy pool of Asians lurking around. After that we roamed around Jardins des Tuileries, where Rob almost got "robbed" by this little gypsy lady trying to lurk him in on asking if the ring in her hand was his ring. Good thing I read about scams in paris, I freakin' drag the shit out of him and told him to run from the lady! hahahaha…

    about i've been to Time Square during the summer and that made me hate going on peak season. Sardines of MADNESS!

  • Oh. Man. I could not handle that. I more of a slow wanderer when it comes to touristy things, like to take it all in. Big (sometimes pushy) crowds are not for me. Glad you two braved it all and come out unharmed lol

    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

  • Holy crowds indeed! I am seriously so jealous of all your European gallivanting–so much fun!