The Louvre is the world’s largest museum and a historic monument in Paris, France. A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city’s1st arrondissement (district). Nearly 35,000 objects from prehistory to the 21st century are exhibited over an area of 60,600 square meters. The Louvre is the world’s second most visited museum after the Palace Museum in China, receiving more than 9.26 million visitors in 2014.
While out touring Paris on L’Open Sightseeing Bus, we stopped at this beautiful place. The bus actually stops right into the grounds, so there is no missing this stop! On this visit to the Louvre we decided not to go inside the museum. We had a number of reasons for this… Firstly, we have a toddler and the Louvre is not a quick walk-through type of museum. Secondly, we are not huge fans of bigs crowds (and the line at the entrance was insanely long). And thirdly, museums really weren’t on our list of must-do’s for this trip. I am sure that this must be shocking to some – why go to Paris and not go to the museums?!
In our opinion, traveling is different for everyone. Some like to lay around and do as little as possible, others like to see it all, and some folks like to party hard and sleep until midday. When it comes to travel: Each to his own. Neither of us really wanted to see art, and hey…. the museums are pretty expensive! So why bother doing something that you don’t REALLY want to do. Perhaps one day we will return to Paris – when our kids are all grown up – and decide to take a stroll around the Louvre. But that certainly was not the goal for this year. We did, however, love walking around the grounds of the Louvre and then through the The Tuileries Garden.
So there you have it! The Louvre: So amazing that even the outside deserves praise.
If you find yourself in Paris, and perhaps art isn’t quite your thing. Or maybe it is, but you have a toddler or two, and just don’t feel like dragging them through the Louvre. No problem! Don’t skip a walk around the exterior of the Louvre. We really did enjoy our time here, and we couldn’t be happier with our decision to just see the grounds and outer architecture of this museum.