Granted we hit the Louvre late in the summer, school was back in, so the crowds weren’t actually that bad. Yet we still didn’t linger too long in this crowd. We put in our face time and sought calmer areas.
*the dark square in the center of the wall/crowd is the Mona Lisa
At last we found ourselves in the Egyptian exhibit.
It was fun for a while. That is until we realized that we had been lured into a trap. With construction going on all floors of one particular section beside the Egyptian area, the trek to the last section we wanted to see became a nightmare of stairs and frustrated tourists. More than once I heard a frustrated “Are you *(insert expletive)*ing kidding me?” from other tourists expecting a doorway to the next gallery and finding it closed. Which meant a long walk through a maze of rooms up and down stairs like this:
Oh and there were other paintings in the Louvre…great huge paintings, small paintings, unfinished paintings…(detail of a work by François–André Vincent)