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  • The crowd at the Pyramid.
    The crowd at the Pyramid.
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  • Line at the Pyramid and strikers below.
    Line at the Pyramid and strikers below.
    by breughel
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    Pickpockets inside Le Louvre!

    by breughel Updated Apr 16, 2013

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    This could be read to-day in the French newspaper "Le Figaro":
    "Le musée n'a pas pu ouvrir ce mercredi. Les agents de la surveillance ont exercé leur droit de retrait pour manifester leur exaspération devant les bandes qui s'attaquent à eux autant qu'aux touristes. Les visites reprendront jeudi matin.
    Agés de moins de 26 ans, ceux-ci s'introduisent dans les murs en profitant de la gratuité. Ils dévalisent sans faire les visiteurs (dix millions cette année) et molestent ou agressent les agents de surveillance."

    Translation:
    The museum was unable to open Wednesday (10/04/2013)
    Surveillance officers have exercised their right of withdrawal to express their frustration with bands of youngsters who attack them as much as tourists.
    Aged less than 26 years, they enter the museum taking advantage of the free entry. They rob visitors (ten million this year) and molest or assault surveillance officers.
    Visits resume Thursday morning (11/04/2013). There are now policemen in uniform present.

    The paradox with this free entry for youngsters is that organized gangs of minors are robbing visitors, often seniors unable to defend themselves; seniors who have to pay the full ticket price!
    When the police catch these youngsters they are immediately released by justice because they are minors. A few days later these pickpockets are again at work not only at Le Louvre or Orsay but even more at the Trocadero, at the Tour Eiffel and in the Metro.
    Some French politicians are well aware that this criminality is a treat for tourism but zero tolerance is not a priority presently in France.

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    Bad day at Le Louvre!

    by breughel Updated Apr 13, 2013

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    Line at the Pyramid and strikers below.
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    If you ever read my comments on Paris you will know that I'm a fan, even more an addict, of Le Louvre and also that I propose the entrance of the Porte des Lyons as the one without lines
    "Avoiding the queues" .
    On Thursday 29/03/2012 I wanted to visit again Le Louvre and went to the Porte des Lions to find it closed with a notice: "Exceptionnellement fermé ce jeudi 29/03"! I swore "Verdomme" in Flemish so that no Frenchman would understand and went to queue at the Pyramid entrance as I had not pre-booked a ticket.
    Fortunately as it was still early (09.30 h) the queue was small. Inside I avoided the ticket corners with lines and went to a ticket machine. At the first the software didn't like me and blocked although I used the French instructions. I tried a second machine in English and that worked (the advantages of the Lingua Franca).
    After that I entered wing Richelieu and found a hidden elevator that took me to my believed Flemish and Dutch painters on the second floor. I looked for the two Vermeer's "La Dentellière" and "l' Astronome" and couldn't find them. I asked a museum attendant who told me that the rooms with the Vermeer's are closed on Thursday! I swore a silent "Verdomme" and said "Merci … je n'ai pas de chance!"

    It was time to eat something and I went down to the floor -1 Entresol where there are some cafeterias. But the Entresol was occupied by striking personnel from the cleaning teams; members of the left-left syndicate CGT were making a hell of a noise with whistles and trumpets with compressed air as used at football matches (see my video). Impossible to stay in that hall and to sit there to eat. For the third time I swore "verdomme" and took again the elevator to find a hidden corner (visitors are not allowed to eat or drink in the museum rooms) to eat the survival waffle (from Brussels' of course) I have always with me.

    With distance I think that things could have been worse. Actually I was very lucky that the museum was not closed, that I was not robbed by a pickpocket, that there was no strike on the Metro or RER, no strike on the French Rail and Thalys and not even a strike or incident on the Belgian Rail (what is frequent).

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    Avoid long queues to get in the Louvre

    by Isa&Eric Updated Jan 29, 2012

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    The queue goes sometime to the Cour Carr��e
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    The Louvre is one of the most visited Museum in Europe. The majority of visitors gets in by the pyramide entrance. Because of security you often have to wait a long time. They control every one one by one. Sometime, it can take hours to get into the museum. Notice that it's only a security problem. When you are inside, there are many tickets distributors and you don't have to wait to get a ticket.

    Unique Suggestions: Take an umbrella in case of rain, and in summer take water.

    Fun Alternatives: To avoid the pyramide entrance queue, there are 2 solutions, one is the entrance near the Carrousel on the left of it when you have the pyramide in your back. The other is to get in passing by the metro. You must go on the line #1 platform and walk to one of the end of it where the indication is not Musée du Louvre but CARROUSEL DU LOUVRE. Then you will arrive in the commercial mail that leads to the museum.

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    Prices of some museums Louvre Museum

    by BellaS Written Mar 5, 2010

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    Prices of some museums

    Louvre Museum

    * morning - 7 EURO
    * after 15:00 pm and Sunday - 4 EURO
    * Free - for youths under 18, and each I-st Sunday of the month
    Closed on Tuesday
    Monday and Wednesday - at 24:45 pm

    Орсе Orsay Museum

    * з 6 EURO for youth under 25 - 6 EURO
    * Sunday - 4 EURO
    Children under 18 years - free
    closed Monday
    . Thursday - at 21:45 pm

    Greve Museum (Museum of Wax Figures)

    *EURO Adults - 9 EURO
    * Children under 14 - 6 EURO
    . work from 13:00-18:30 pm

    Musée Rodin

    * EURO Adults - 5 EURO
    *young people under 25 - 3 EURO
    * Children under 18 years - free
    closed Monday

    Pantheon

    * възрастни - 5 EURO Adults - 5 EURO
    * младежи под 25 г. - 3 EURO young people under 25 - 3 EURO
    * деца под 18 г. - безплатно Children under 18 years - free

    разходка с корабче по Сена boat trip on the Seine

    * индивидуална цена - 9 EURO Individual price - 9 EURO
    * групова цена - 4 EURO group rate - 4 EURO

    Светия параклис Holy Chapel

    * възрастни - 5 EURO Adults - 5 EURO
    * младежи под 25 г. - 4 EURO young people under 25 - 4 EURO
    * деца под 18 г. - безплатно Children under 18 years - free

    кабаре Лидо Lido cabaret

    * спектакъл + шампанско - 71 EURO + show champagne - 71 EURO
    начало 15:00 ч. start 15:00
    * спектакъл + вечеря + шампанско - 12 EURO dinner + show + champagne - 12 EURO
    начало 20:00 ч. start 20:00
    * спектакъл + шампанско - 86 EURO + show champagne - 86 EURO
    начало 23:00 ч. start 23:00 h.
    * спектакъл + шампанско - 7 EURO + show champagne - 7 EURO
    начало 24:00 ч. (без петък и събота) beginning 24:00 am (except Friday and Saturday)
    * спектакъл + обяд - 109 EURO Spectacular + lunch - 109 EURO
    начало 13:00 ч. start 13:00 pm

    кабаре Мулен Руж cabaret Moulin Rouge

    * спектакъл + вечеря + шампанско - 125 EURO dinner + show + champagne - 125 EURO
    начало 19:00 ч. start 19:00 h
    * спектакъл + шампанско - 89 EURO + show champagne - 89 EURO
    начало 21:00 ч. start 21:00 h
    * спектакъл + шампанско - 79 EURO + show champagne - 79 EURO
    начало 23:00 ч. start 23:00 h.

    кабаре Крейзи Хорс cabaret Crazy Hors

    * спектакъл + вечеря + 2 напитки - 125 EURO dinner + show + 2 beverages - 125 EURO
    два спектакъла на вечер от 20:30 и 23:00 ч. two of the show tonight from 20:30 and 23:00 am
    * спектакъл + шампанско - 110 EURO + show champagne - 110 EURO
    * спектакъл + 2 напитки - 90 EURO show + 2 beverages - 90 EURO

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    Louvre madness

    by lizscoular Written Aug 19, 2009

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    I know this won't be popular to say, but I'd avoid the Louvre in August. Just returned from a trip there, and it was wall to wall people - couldn't enjoy anything in the museum at all! Way too much pushing and shoving - we left after an hour and a half because it was torture!

    Unique Suggestions: Arrive very early! We had read that it got a little less crowded later in the afternoon, but that was not the case!

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    Long Queues?

    by tango_jd Written Apr 16, 2009

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    Beautiful open halls and a wonderful atmosphere!
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    Buy a ticket in advance - also, enter by the metro entrance to avoid the queues at the pyramid entrance.
    http://www.louvre.fr/llv/pratique/billetterie.jsp?bmLocale=en

    Unique Suggestions: Most people rush to see the Mona Lisa and the Venus De Milo - don't miss Napoleons' Apartments - they are spectacular.

    Fun Alternatives: Avoid weekends or the free day (1st Sunday in month) as these are very busy.

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    - avoid at all costs?

    by wesntia Updated Jun 16, 2008

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    Well, avoid at all costs during the opening hours - at least if you're not that interested in the art. The building itself is gorgeous and at its best in the darker hours of the day. If there's one thing the French know how to do, it's illuminating their buildings and Louvre is no exception. In the evening the court yard etc has no tourists around even though it looks magnificent. So if you absolutely have to experience Louvre, I recommend this. The entire Louvre area is just plain gorgeous after dark, but all the tourists are at the Eiffel tower etc by then...

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    Peddlars Outside the Louvre

    by CandiceHalee Written Dec 19, 2007

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    Be careful of overpriced peddlars and artists hanging around the gardens outside the Louvre! We were asked by many people if they could draw us, or if we would buy their wares. They're not as pushy as some, but it was a bit annoying!

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    Mona Lisa

    by Sandracula Written May 27, 2007

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    To all of you who consider going to the Louvre to admire the Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo Da Vinci and have high expectations : make sure to bring your binoculars ! :-)
    Not only is room 13 of the first floor packed with people who had the same idea, the painting is really much smaller than one might think and on top of that it is covered with some kind of plexiglass.

    Fun Alternatives: Try the second floor, you'll find paintings that are more cheerful and larger ! ;-)

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    Mona Lisa's smile

    by Arial_27 Updated Feb 19, 2007

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    Everyone who visits the Louvre generally wants to get a good look at the Mona Lisa by DaVinci - especially now with all the publicity of the book and the motion picture "Mona Lisa's Smile" and the "Da Vinci Code." When you go see it, there will be a HUGE crowd infront of it and you won't even be able to get very close because there's lots of glass over top of it and ropping around.

    Unique Suggestions: Not to say at all that its not worth going to; but just make sure to set aside 15-20 minutes just for that painting because it might be a while before you make your way to the front of a crowd where you're actually close enough to even see it. Also, if you take a picture, it probably won't turn out. I think the glass over the painting is there to make flashes, so people can't reproduce it in any way, I'm not sure. If you want a picture of it, take it from a side angle so you won't get the flash. That what we did - but you can see it still turned out incredibly blurry.

    Fun Alternatives: If you don't have the time or patience to see the Mona Lisa, the Louvre - not to mention Paris itself, is full of many other interesting artifacts.

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    Museum Opening Days

    by lolitajane Updated Aug 19, 2006

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    The Louvre

    Hey! I'm not saying that the Louvre is a tourist trap, but you double check opening days of museums to plan your sightseeing accordingly & avoid getting caught as I did...
    We had planned to visit the Louvre on Sunday, but unfortunately it was closed. We went back on Mon & we couldn't even get close to the piramyd, since there were thousands of people everywhere --The result being I visited Paris & did not make it to the Louvre...Good change to go back...

    Unique Suggestions: Check Opening Days & don't assume that buildings, museums & the like will be open at any time & day.

    Fun Alternatives: There are plenty of things to do in Paris, so I´m sure you´re gonna find another attraction.

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    Mona Lisa

    by MichaelFalk1969 Written Aug 9, 2006

    The Louvre is great museum, but to fight yourself through hordes of camera-toting tourists just to get a quick look at this painting is an anticlimactic experience. It probably got worse after "Da Vinci Code".

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  • Mona Lisa Under Glass

    by Patrick3581 Updated Feb 21, 2005

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    While it is exciting to see a painting about which you've heard all your life, the Mona Lisa is behind plexiglass and perpetually surrounded. Do yourself a favor and go down the corridor and see St. John the Baptist by DaVinci. Same artist, but a heck of a lot moodier and, on the whole, completely ignored

    Unique Suggestions: The Louvre is an amazing depository of incredible art. Get the floor plan when you go in and map out your strategy of what to see. The sheer size can overwhelm anyone.

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    Where is the Mona Lisa?

    by Colzy Updated Jan 19, 2005

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    My view of the Mona Lisa

    If you are visiting the Louvre soley to feast your eyes upon the Mona Lisa you may be sorely disapointed. Your view will be severly tainted by many people such as yourself wanting to catch their own glimpse.

    Unique Suggestions: Perhaps, early in the morning you may be able to avoid some people. You really have to see this amazing work of art but just dont be disapointed that your view is obstructed and you may be nudged a little in the process.

    Fun Alternatives: Make sure that apart from the lovely Lisa you also take in some of the other richness that is the Louvre. Pick what interests you the most and prepare to be completely absorbed!

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    Louvre,Mona Lisa trap.

    by benazer Written Jul 21, 2004

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    looking for Monalisa

    Although there was big signs in all languages saying no photos,everyone was busy taking hundreeds of pictures of the woman and complately ignoring the other works of art.

    Unique Suggestions: If you go to Louvre at least see the other works of art too.

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