Awakening To The Paris Louvre

Bonjour mes amis.

Feeling like being swamped in Art and bathed in French Culture when you’re next in Paris? Then go no further than the magnificent Louvre. It’s impossible to miss with its unmistakable glass pyramid in the central courtyard space (also made famous in Dan Bown’s, ‘Da Vinci Code’)

soaring from ground level on the Right Bank into a pearly Parisian sky. This glass pyramid designed by I. Pei celebrated it’s twenty years in 2009 and what a momentos occasion that was!

Check out the Louvre’s website at:

http://www.louvre.fr

This is where you can explore the tours and art eras in 3D even before you go and you can work out a plan of attack. Yes, if you have time prior to visiting, organise you’re best approach and perhaps you might like to stagger your visit to a certain section of the Museum each time you’re there, as it’s impossible to absorb the thirty five thousand art pieces, all in one day all under one roof!

Or, you can take the fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants-approach and remain impulsively open to wherever the crowd leads you. You can even go without paying (when admission is free that is, on the first Sunday of every month) but expect a very long queue on these days when opening at 9am.

The Louvre museum is actually open every day with the exception of Tuesday and some French public holidays like Christmas Day.

My french awakening was fired up the minute I walked through the Louvre’s stony walls. I was so ready to discover and be inspired like the other 8.5 million visitors each year moving in a steady momentum along the zig zag of honey coloured parquetry flooring. That same feeling of anticipation whirled around inside me and never seem to wade even when I retrace my steps every time I visit! You will love the Louvre and it’s a must see while you’re in Paris.

If you’re really lucky as you move along, you may catch a glimpse of a thin dark eyed man with curly hair wearing a suit of impeccable taste and a boyish grin. This would be the Louvre’s director and esteemed author in his own right, Henri Loyrette.

I have often thought that Henri has the best job in the world-no wonder he always seems to be smiling- surrounded by such an amazing collection of art which spans thousands of years. Also I liked his attitude of returning art works which don’t necessarily belong to France to their native country (take the case of the recent Egyptian artifacts) which he says “should never have left their place of origin”.

I like that. Very few Art Directors summon up the courage to give back that which is not theirs. Afterall, each art work  is like a child non? The finest of Art Directors cannot give up his or her intensively analysed work of art without losing a part of him or herself. Just like any parent.

As for the history of the building itself, the Louvre was once a fortress for protection against the Anglo Normans in the Middle Ages until 1364 when it was transformed into a royal residence with many artworks and a beautiful garden at one end. Later, the palace was extended and the art collection spread until the Museum took over all of its buildings.

So today, it remains for our own enjoyment. The Louvre is a metaphor for life really. May yours be colourful and inspiringly good with untold stories of grandeur and idealism.

To celebrate my own smaller versions of art ( my quilts) today my website commences. Let me know what you think will you? You can find it at:

http://www.quiltingthejourney.com

or you can click onto the icon at top right and it will take you to my own little quilting gallery. It’s not the Louvre, but I hope you find it inspiring.

Aur Revoir,

Best Wishes, Therese Waddell

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