Louvre Museum in Paris is the worlds largest museum located on the right bank of River Seine. It is a historical monument centrally located and one of the most visited areas in Paris. I have been to Paris a total of three times, visited Disneyland Paris then cruise on the Seine River. With a wedding to attend last weekend outside Paris, we thought it would be criminal not to venture into Paris.
The Louvre Museum is located in the Louvre Palace, which was used as a fortress to protect Paris in 12th century. When we went inside, we were able to see the old remnants of the fortress that was once a defensive structure. Though we did not particularly know what to expect from the Louvre I knew I wanted to see the Sculptures.
Getting tickets to enter the Louvre
We had decided to do a city tour of Paris using city line bus which offered a deal on Louvre entrance tickets. We opted to buy those as they were at a discounted rate for Friday and offered queue skipping. You can also purchase tickets outside the Louvre itself but be prepared to queue. We spent 45 euros each for the tickets, I am not sure how much they cost at the door. But we were happy with the price because we used the hop on hop off bus to see other landmarks.
Upon entering the Louvre, you go through airport style security, then go down the escalator or stays to level 0. This is your starting level filled with auditorium, exhibitions, lavatories, shops and information centers. Going up one level away from the entrance you can find the audio station, where you can hire an audio guide. We opted to hire just one audio guide between us, it was 5 euros not expensive. The audio guide is very handy especially if you have great sense of direction or just want to learn more. I was most interested in the sculptures so after getting lost many times we finally found the sculptures.
Inside the Louvre