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Secret Road Trips - Paris (Part 2: Louvre)

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**Secret Road Trips** I've lived on the Sunshine Coast all my life and I will reveal hidden gems worth visiting for day trips, picnics, places to see and things to do on our wonderful Coast, Australia and the world!
Published April 16th 2014
Skip the queues at the Louvre
Are you planning a visit to Paris? Put the Lourve on your bucket list. I'll tell you the secret of how to jump the queues.

Destination: Louvre, Paris

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The Louvre Paris

There is no doubt that one of the world's most famous museums, the Louvre, is a must-see for any trip to Paris. But there is a lot to see, at least an entire day's worth, or more. And you don't want to be wasting that precious time waiting in queues.

Some of the longest queues I've seen were at the Louvre. The main entrance under the glass pyramid would be teeming with people an hour before opening time. The line would snake for hundreds of metres with eager tourists and visitors waiting to catch a glimpse of the world-famous Mona Lisa.

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Typical crowds at the Louvre

So to ensure you leave as much time as possible to marvel at antiquity, I have a tip for you to fast track entrance to the Louvre.

A little known entrance exists directly south-west of the main pyramid at Port des Lions (off Place du Carrousel). You will be able to skip the queues and wait mere minutes (not hours) to gain entry via the Africa, Asia Oceanian and Americas exhibit hall.

While everyone rushes to the Mono Lisa, keep in mind you cannot take photos of Da Vinci's masterpiece. It is very small (about A3 size) and it is housed behind a glass partition. It is likely that unless you are really tall, the ever-present crowds will obstruct your view.

One of my favourite sculptures is Canova's "Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss", first commissioned in 1787 by Colonel John Campbell. It is a masterpiece of Neoclassical art. The subject matter is taken from Lucius Apuleius' Latin novel Metamorphoses.

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Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss

The art on display cannot be accurately described by the English language - you have to see it to fully understand and appreciate it. A particular favourite is David and Goliath painted by Daniele da Volterra, oil on slate displayed in the Grande Galerie.

Most interestingly, this painting isn't one but two paintings of the same scene from different angles.

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David and Goliath side 1


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David and Goliath side 2

An all time favourite work of art is centre-stage and cannot be missed at the top of the grand staircase. It is Nike or Winged Victory of Samothrace.

Since 1884 it has been displayed here at the Louvre and is one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world. H.W. Janson decribed it as "the greatest masterpiece of Hellenistic sculpture." Nike was discovered in 1863 and estimated to have been created around 200-190 BCE. It is 8 feet or 2.44 metres hight. The artists is unknown.

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Nike - Winged Victory of Samothrace

If you missed Part 1 of my Paris Road Trip, you can find it here.

The Louvre Museum is closed Tuesdays. Be sure to check the admissions page on their website prior to planning your visit. You can also purchase advanced tickets online.

Happy Road Tripping!
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Why? It's one of the most famous museums in the world
Where: Paris, France
Cost: 12 Euros
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The David and Goliath painting are really interesting seen together. Although it's not quite how I remember the story.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12442) 1977 days ago
Yes, I think it is called Artistic Licence!
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