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    Pre purchased Louvre Passes

    by intercontinental Updated Jun 24, 2007

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    A shot of crowd shooting Venus de Milo

    Favorite thing: Entrance queues to the Louvre are legendary! Avoid this time-consuming nightmare by pre-purchasing your tickets. Australians can do so through French Travel Connection (www.frenchtravel.com.au). We ordered our passes through the website and paid by credit card. The passes (together with our Paris Visite metro passes) arrived promptly by courier, together with a book of discount vouchers for sights in the city.

    My husband laughed at my zealous prep work until he saw the insane queues snaking past the I.E.Pei pyramid! The passes allow immediate entry at the Passage Richelieu entrance (as indicated on the reverse of the ticket. It also comes with return Metro transport to the museum.

    A little more expensive the purchasing at the door, but worth the splurge!

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    Lourve - Lady No. 3

    by SLLiew Updated Oct 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: And the third place goes to the Winged Victory of Samothrace.

    This marble Greek statue of Goddess Nike (Victory) estimated at 200 BC has wings but it headless!

    It was found in the island of Samothrace but the head and arms were never found.

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    Lourve - Lady No 2

    by SLLiew Updated Oct 19, 2006

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    Favorite thing: If you rate Mona Lisa as Lady No 1 with the smile, then second place goes to Venus de Milo.

    This is an half naked marble statue estimated 100 BC of Greek Goddess Aphrodite (Venus in Roman mythology) has lost both arms and yet is admired by millions.

    It was discovered on the island of Milos. Also supposed a broken left arm with an apple (Miilos in Greek) was found near the torso.

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    Louvre

    by fishandchips Written Jul 31, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Louvre is a fantastic place full of wonders placed around several miles of corridor. Its art collection is second to none and its ancient civilisation section is superb. It is so big that several small visits here is the preferred option rather than trying to get around the place in one huge day.

    It is no coincidence that some of the most famous pieces of art are contained here - Mona Lisa, Winged Victory of Samothrace and Venus de Milo. A truely magnificent collection of items from all corners of the globe.

    The Louvre is so big & popular that it has its own Metro station.

    When you have done viewing there is a great shop selling all mode of art item to remind you of your trip. I have a couple of really good guides that are referred to on a regular basis by myself and visitors to my house alike.

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    Entrance to the Louvre

    by JohnniOmani Written May 7, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Louvre Musuem is probably the busiest museum I have ever seen and during the summer it can be a nightmare due to crowds and lineups. The best way and (tip from local friend) is to go under the glass pyramid and enter the Louvre from that area. It will save you loads of time and you wont be stuck outside in 35 degree heat. You will have to wait once you get inside the Pyramid but you will at least skip the outside lineups and be in AC controlled rooms. Simple tip but both times I was in Paris it worked to perfection.

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    Don't miss the details! [Louvre]

    by shrimp56 Updated Mar 27, 2006

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    Favorite thing: We tend to focus on the Pei pyramid and the contents of the Louvre, but don't miss the details of the building itself!
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    It was built between 1546 and 1878 and spent its first 200 years as a royal palace. It was turned into a museum in 1793 after the French Revolution. You can see the various periods in its architecture.

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    Caroussel du Louvre

    by CALSF Written May 28, 2005

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    Caroussel du Louvre entrance

    Favorite thing: The alternate entrance to the Louvre is via the Caroussel du Louvre on rue de Rivoli. You pass through glass doors and down the stairs. The museum entrance is there as well as the shops of the Caroussel du Louvre. Also there are check-in desks for your coats and baggage.

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    Look up at the Louvre ceiling fresco! *Gasp*

    by Jenniflower Written Mar 8, 2005

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    Louvre ceiling fresco

    Favorite thing: One cannot merely look at the art on the walls in the Louvre, you have to look up and down. The floor and ceilings are equally decorative and gorgeous.

    The Louvre is definately a 'surround sound' museum :)

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    Louvre door

    by Jenniflower Updated Mar 8, 2005

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    Louvre door

    Favorite thing: Yes, this 'thing' for doors continues! lol The intricate detail and sheer weight of the door is breathtaking.

    Fondest memory: The attention to details in the carvings and the gold leaf shows us the incredible dedication that the craftsmen of the day had. For so many people a door is merely the means with which to get from one area to another. For these craftsmen, even the doors had to be pieces of art themselves within this magnificent gallery.

    Well done I say. Well done indeed!

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    Must see but closed on Tuesdays

    by Markyreid Written Feb 19, 2005

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    The entrance to the louvre

    Favorite thing: The Louvre is located in one of the most picturesque parts of Paris and contains some of the world's most famous art works. A must see, but be aware that the Louvre is closed each Tuesday so plan your visit for another day.

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    Sleeping in Louvre

    by kenyneo Written Nov 10, 2004

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    Sleeping in Louvre ???

    Favorite thing: Sorry sir , i cant resist butto take a picture of ya !

    Well going to Louvre is about enjoying the work of art , but if you dont plan properly ..this will probably happen to you - sleeping inside Louvre or you will leave with the Stendhal syndrome - a term used for confused or rather bewildered tourist because of too much artistic stuff occupying their brain .

    So do like keny does and you will leave Louvre with a smile on your face !

    So plan what you wanna see before hand , the museum has a very informative website, you can hunt down the paintings you wanna see , even if you are not overstuffed with paintings and sculpture , you will probably be dragging your feet coz bthis place is so HUGE and dwarf the Uffizi in Florence hands down !!!

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    This is what happen in Louvre ..if

    by kenyneo Written Nov 10, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Sorry sir , i cant resist butto take a picture of ya !

    Well going to Louvre is about enjoying the work of art , but if you dont plan properly ..this will probably happen to you - sleeping inside Louvre or you will leave with the Stendhal syndrome - a term used for confused or rather bewildered tourist because of too much artistic stuff occupying their brain .

    So do like keny does and you will leave Louvre with a smile on your face !

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    Venus de Milo

    by dixonchan Written Oct 25, 2004
    Venus de Milo

    Favorite thing: In spite of lacking attributes, the size and the attitude of this statue allow its identification as a goddess: Aphrodite, often represented half nude, or Amphitrite, goddess of the sea, venerated on the island of Melos. The style is characteristic of the late Hellenistic period, which revives classical themes while innovating. Thus the slipping drapery on the hips entails a closed stance and introduces an instancy to the figure. It hides the joint between the two blocks of marble that were sculpted separately, as were the left arm and leg, according to an utterly new technique.

    Fondest memory: WARNING!!! Be there early or end up squeezing with the crowd to see this legendary statue

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    Mona Lisa

    by dixonchan Written Oct 25, 2004

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    Mona Lisa

    Favorite thing: The distinguished Mona Lisa by the multi-talented Leonardo Da Vinci is located in The Lourve, Paris, France. The Mona Lisa was painted during the Renaissance period in 1503-1506 in Florence, Italy. This 20 7/8" by 30" portrait of a woman is well recognized on an account of the mysterious quality of her smile. Many individuals are attracted to the Mona Lisa because of her vague smirk. With the use of sfumato and chiaroscuro techniques, the Mona Lisa possesses a realistic atmosphere.

    Fondest memory: WARNING!!! A lot of tourists go to Lourve to see Mona Lisa in "person". Make sure you go there early to avoid overcrowding.

    I queue up at the entrance at the basement half an hour before the opening time just to get a nice picture of Mona Lisa as shown on this page :P

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    The Louvre

    by CandS Updated Jul 17, 2004

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    The Louvre

    Favorite thing: The Louvre is really amazing!!

    I loved the paintings on the ceilings more than anything... If you are in Paris definitely visit there...even if it is just for a couple of hours. I could have spent much more time in there for sure!

    I am not really into art or things like that but I really did enjoy looking through this place. It is set out really well so you can just visit the parts you want to see (unlike the Vatican Museums).

    http://www.louvre.fr

    Phone: 01 40205151

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