This Time Last Year....the Louvre

@JudyEv (130708)
Bunbury, Australia
July 20, 2016 4:52am CST
Somewhere around this time last year we were in the Louvre. The number of people was a bit mind-blowing and every now and then a voice over a loud-speaker would tell us to keep a close eye on our backpacks. Sometimes something like an alarm would sound. We only had jumpers and water in ours but it was a bit disquietening all the same. And the place is HUGE. When it came time to go home we asked four different attendants how to get out of the place. In the slideshow are photos of some of the sculptures and paintings we saw. Some of the paintings were massive, maybe taking up a complete end wall of a room. I've included several photos of the Mona Lisa. Vin just worked his way gradually to the front of the mob and was able to get a photo without dozens of heads in the way. I'm sure we didn't see half of it but half a day there was enough for us. And at least we can now say we've been to the Louvre.
I created this video with the YouTube Slideshow Creator (http://www.youtube.com/upload)
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@Lucky15 (33718)
• Philippines
20 Jul 16
One of the places.i wanted to.see.;)
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
Hopefully you will get there one day.
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@Lucky15 (33718)
• Philippines
20 Jul 16
@JudyEv hoping...dreaming :)
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@gudheart (12742)
20 Jul 16
You are lucky to have visited it :D I am scared of flying so I am not keen on traveling. I am however trying to get motivated to visit dubai.
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
We stayed a night in Dubai on our way home. I'm sure you would enjoy a visit there.
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@gudheart (12742)
20 Jul 16
@JudyEv The main thing putting me off is the heat and the long plane journey!
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
@gudheart It is certainly hot. Our plane stopped there on the way home from Ireland so it made sense to spend a night there.
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@jaboUK (54877)
• United Kingdom
20 Jul 16
Thanks for the slide show. I'd love to visit there but the crowds are really off-putting.
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
We won't be going again. It's not really our thing but we were in Paris and it seemed a shame not to go.
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@sofssu (14448)
21 Jul 16
LOL, I liked that bit about getting pictures without getting half a dozen heads into it.. Man, Where I live I need to cut off a hundred heads all the time. I lift my camera high up into the air and take random pictures hoping I will get one decent one. at times.
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jul 16
I've seen people doing that. Are you a bit shorter than some people? Is that why you do that?
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@sofssu (14448)
21 Jul 16
@JudyEv Not really . I am taller than the average women here.. But sometimes there are so many people everywhere that I either have to settle for a picture with a hundred heads or shoot at point blank range.
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jul 16
@sofssu I can understand that. It can be really hard to get above or around the crowd.
@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
21 Jul 16
Visiting the Louvre was one of my best days in Paris - my daughter had the audio on and gave us a historical run down of all the paintings and art that took our fancy - This one nearly got Inge locked up - she was so close to it and then reached her hand out to kind of touch it - wooooop the guards were at her side in an instant - All six of them!
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Jul 16
Wow, they must have had a close eye on her. Weren't some of the paintings huge?
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@Inlemay (16729)
• South Africa
22 Jul 16
@JudyEv I know - I was absolutely dumbstruck when I walked in there - nothing remotely like that in South Africa EVER We went there for two days
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Jul 16
@Inlemay And probably still only saw a portion of it.
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@CRK109 (14433)
• United States
20 Jul 16
Wow. I'm SO jealous! I've always wanted to go there!
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jul 16
It was certainly an experience but I guess we're not really into art galleries. We did enjoy though and are glad we went.
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@CRK109 (14433)
• United States
22 Jul 16
@JudyEv I've learned through the years that I absolutely love art galleries but I'm better off going alone. There are times when I just want to sit and absorb the art around me rather than rush through room after room. Sometimes art speaks to me and I want to stay with it. Other times I'd like to keep moving until I find the art that speaks to me. We have a museum here from the Rhode Island School of Design and I need to check out what's going on there because that would be a wonderful afternoon for me. As for the Louvre? Gosh, I guess I'd need months! lol
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Jul 16
@CRK109 There is certainly a great deal to see. And I can understand that sometimes it's best to go on your own.
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• United States
20 Jul 16
what stunnin' artwork! so glad that mr. vince 'twas able to get all those folks'n get some really great shots. i fear i couldn't be 'n such close quarters with all those folks, lol.
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
We were pleased to get out of it at the end especially as we couldn't find our way out. At some stage I thought we'd be stuck in there for ever.
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• United States
20 Jul 16
@JudyEv i shudder't the horror 'f bein' stuck with all those folks! i bet'cha breathed a heavy sigh'f relief once ya found 'n exit! wonder if'n they've 'off-hours'?? t'would be the only way i could successfully see such beauty.
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jul 16
@crazyhorseladycx That's a shame but I can understand anyone's reluctance to be get stuck in a crowd like that. No wonder people get trampled if there is a stampede if something goes wrong.
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@LadyDuck (171600)
• Switzerland
20 Jul 16
The Louve is huge and the Monna Lisa (La Gioconda) painting is smaller than most people think.
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
I had heard before that it wasn't very big. I am glad we got to see it.
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@LadyDuck (171600)
• Switzerland
20 Jul 16
@JudyEv We have visited the Louvre a few times, when we were in Paris for work, but never had enough time to visit the whole thing.
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
@LadyDuck There is a lot to see - almost too much.
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• Preston, England
21 Jul 16
I really want to go there - though seeing the Mona Lisa so much in books I don't feel I've seen it until I see the original
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jul 16
There is so much fuss about the Mona Lisa we didn't feel we could possibly pass it by.
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• Preston, England
21 Jul 16
@JudyEv it is a painting that fascinates me
@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
21 Jul 16
That is SO cool. Now I'll go look at the slide show.
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@AmbiePam (49886)
• United States
21 Jul 16
Wow...just wow. I didn't know it would move me.
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jul 16
@AmbiePam There was some marvellous artwork and sculpture there.
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@Platespinner (17047)
• Winston Salem, North Carolina
20 Jul 16
Thanks for the slide show. My daughter and I want to visit the Louvre at some point...we'll have to do some research, though, and see if there is any time when they AREN'T that crowded!
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
It was peak season and of course, with more threats of terrorism, there might be less people there - but you don't want to go under those conditions anyway. Good to see you again.
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• Winston Salem, North Carolina
20 Jul 16
@JudyEv It's good to be back for a bit, and hopefully I'll be back more consistently beginning next week.
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@Jessicalynnt (47895)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Jul 16
I would hate to be there when it was that busy
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
It was a bit off-putting in parts especially when a whistle went from time to time and the warnings came over the loud system.
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• Centralia, Missouri
22 Jul 16
@JudyEv that sounds super distracting
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
20 Jul 16
I don't really care for art gallery's ... too big, too quiet and too many people.... but I do like some of the Art in them ... like you say some of them are huge... thanks for sharing.. I wont have to go now... lol great slideshow... I really liked that big font / water bowl type thing... sorry don't know its proper title...
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@sueznewz2 (10121)
• Alicante, Spain
20 Jul 16
@JudyEv that's funny... about it being a good bird bath...thats what I thought too...
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@Marcyaz (35615)
• United States
20 Jul 16
Well isn't that something to behold. The Louvre must be a massive place to hold so many works of art. To bad it was so crowdd with people.
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
I've only included photos of some of the works. Many were massive canvases. Heaven knows how the artist would have worked on them. He must have used scaffolding.
@Marcyaz (35615)
• United States
20 Jul 16
@JudyEv I understand that scaffolding was used a lot back then.
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@succeednow (1636)
• Singapore
20 Jul 16
I have visited the Louvre many years ago. Yes, it was quite an awesome experience. However, these days it's becoming very risky to visit places with large crowds as one never know who the crazy people (meaning terrorists) are and what they will do.
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
20 Jul 16
Yes, we mostly stayed clear of big cities. We liked the country areas best.
• Singapore
20 Jul 16
@JudyEv Yes, it's wise to stay away from crowds, not even a small gathering. Sad but that seems the safest way at the moment.
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• Hangzhou, China
21 Jul 16
It must be exciting to travel to Paris for a visit to Louvre. Last year my sister and her husband went there also. They sent me a lot of pictures they took there on their phone. I hope that my wife, my little son and I will, too, find some time to visit some European countries to experience more of the Western cultures. Thanks for the discussion.
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jul 16
I hope you manage to visit there too. It is not a good time to go at the moment but hopefully when you are able to go the political situation will be better.
@OreoBrownie (3639)
• Elberton, Georgia
21 Jul 16
It is beautiful and daunting at the same time. I enjoyed reading.
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jul 16
Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
@epiffanie (10408)
• Australia
21 Jul 16
Those are amazing works of art .. I wish I could visit there one day ..
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jul 16
I am pleased that we've been there and I can now say 'I've seen the Mona Lisa'.
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@TheHorse (71233)
• Pleasant Hill, California
21 Jul 16
We went to the Picasso Museum because it was smaller. I had a great time there. What did the alarms mean?
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jul 16
I think they'd either caught a pickpocket or were after one or whatever. We were so pushed together at times I kept watching whoever was behind Vin in case they tackled our backpack.
@PatZAnthony (12871)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
21 Jul 16
Half a day might be enough for most of us. There is just so much to see.
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@JudyEv (130708)
• Bunbury, Australia
21 Jul 16
You can get 'Louvred' out with so many huge paintings.