Paris and the Louvre
Day 7 - Paris
Up and off to the Louvre. The Louvre is a LARGE A shaped building where the top of the A is flattened.
There are many staircases taking you down half floors, to opposite sides of the floor and down full floors.
There are a number of "Chambers" and looking at the map it looks like you can go around the top of the A or the middle of the A to get from one side to the other. NOT!! I spent about 1 hour trying to do so, so I could see the Mona Lisa. There are so many rooms and so many options on each floor that it is very easy to get lost. I finally got smart and asked an attendant. Turns out you have to go to the bottom floor at the centre of the pyramid and enter the other Chambers from there.
The Deneb Chamber was very busy, packed with groups of people so it was hard to navigate, even in the main corridor. Once in the room where the Mona Lisa was, you could hardly see the painting for the crowd. Everyone was packed tightly around the rope cordoning it off and once people got to the front, they took selfies and pictures of each other. I was surprised that it is an ordinary sized portrait, like one you would have in your home. I was told it was really tiny.