I am guilty of art blasphemy – I went to the Louvre for less than 30 minutes. I had heard for years what a glorious experience it is to visit the Louvre and view some of the world’s most famous pieces of art. I could have spent a couple of weeks in the Louvre exploring every nook and cranny of this humongous museum – but I didn’t. And I won’t go back to the Louvre again.
The Louvre was built at a time before proper ventilation had been invented. It was a cold day in February when I made my visit. Air circulation in the Louvre was non existent. The museum was so hot and smelly it almost made me sick. Apparently there hadn’t been an air change in the building for weeks – and there is nothing worse than to be in a room with a bunch of oxygen-sucking-art-fiends. A couple of the larger exhibit halls were so stuffy from a lack of oxygen that it made me short of breath. The smell of the entire museum reminded me of my gym locker in Junior High School. After deciding I wasn’t going to stay long, I made a beeline for what I really wanted to see – the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo. The following photos were shot as I was getting dizzy – so they might be a little out of focus.
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Large pyramid entrance to the museum.
Mona Lisa – large room for a small painting.