Paris Sights Previously Unseen: The Louvre and the Dali Museum

Although I’ve been outside the Louvre many times, I’ve never actually gone inside!  It’s SO huge it’s daunting to think about going inside to see everything.  However, Nick and I decided to go on our second day in Paris and got there in the morning right as it opened, so we didn’t have to wait in line, and could devote as much time as we wanted (until we got way hungry for lunch!).

We saw a lot of the museum, and all of the famous stuff in there; I’d say we spent about 3 1/2 hours in it?  I was happy with how much we saw in the time we were inside.  I didn’t take a ton of pictures, just of the most famous stuff, and they don’t really need much explaining!  This post will be mainly photos; you’re welcome, people who don’t like to read 🙂

You all remember what the Louvre looks like, right?  I mean, we’ve all seen the DaVinci Code.

This was the day before, when there were a ton of people waiting in line.  No thank you.

This was the day before, when there were a ton of people waiting in line. No thank you.

Looked like the Statue of Liberty.

Looked like the Statue of Liberty.  “L’immortalite” by Jean Pierre Cortot.

I forgot this was in the Louvre and moved it to the Versailles album before remembering.  Whoops!

I forgot this was in the Louvre and moved it to the Versailles album before remembering. Whoops!

Hammurabi's code.

Hammurabi’s code.

Venus de Milo by Michelangelo.

Venus de Milo by Michelangelo.

Great Sphinx of Tanis

Great Sphinx of Tanis

Down in "the moat"

Down in “the moat”

Two more sculptures by Michelangelo, "Dying Slave" on the left and "Rebellious Slave" on the right.

Two more sculptures by Michelangelo, “Dying Slave” on the left and “Rebellious Slave” on the right.

Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, Antonio Canova

Psyche Revived by Cupid’s Kiss, Antonio Canova

A bunch of people gathered to look at some painting.

A bunch of people gathered to look at some painting.

Anyone know what this one's called?

Anyone know what this one’s called?

HAHA I just realized you can see Nick’s reflection in the bottom right of the above photo… it was behind bulletproof glass, apparently not reflection-proof 🙂

The Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese

The Wedding at Cana by Paolo Veronese

The location of Jesus’ first miracle.  Cute little painting, right?  Wait…

Not so little!!

Not so little!!

From inside the main part of the Louvre.

From inside the main part of the Louvre.

As we left, we took a few pictures outside.

As we left, we took a few pictures outside.

However, the Louvre wasn’t the only museum we visited.  With our Paris Visite Metro passes and our Metro map, we got discounted tickets into the Dali Museum in Montmartre, so while we were up on the hill checking out Sacre Coeur we decided to go.  It was strange, as expected, but I really liked it!  It was a small little museum and hardly anyone was there, so it was quiet and not-crowded, two things that are hard to find when touring around Paris.

Dali checking out his melting clock.

Dali checking out his melting clock.

One of Dali's many elephants with long legs.

One of Dali’s many elephants with long legs.  Nick in the background, haha.

This one was really cool because the metal cylinder reflected the insect and made a face (zoom in).

This one was really cool because the metal cylinder reflected the insect and made a face (zoom in).

The couch on the left was designed by Dali after the lips of Mae West.

The couch on the left was designed by Dali after the lips of Mae West.

The Dali Museum wasn’t very big so it didn’t take us long to get through it, but it was really interesting.  I never knew it was there, so I’m really glad we went!  Those two were the only museums we hit during our trip.  Next post: Versailles!

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3 thoughts on “Paris Sights Previously Unseen: The Louvre and the Dali Museum

  1. Dad

    My daughter; the art lover!

  2. aftonjoy

    The Louvre! I’ve been waiting for this post. Thanks for sharing all of the great pics of those famous things, made me feel like I was there.

    I zoomed in on the bug. Scary face!!!

  3. Yes I got to agree the Louve is huge!

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