Alright folks, tie up your tennis-shoe laces and get ready to dart through some sweaty tourists, this is how to see all of the Louvre’s top artworks in 90 minutes or less.
First things first: get in there.
Once in the Louvre, go straight to the Sully section, and head towards the moat in the medieval section. When you reach the Catacombs, you’ve made it. Look around, wow, those are some catacomb-y looking catacombs.
At the end of the catacombs, head up the stairway, and you’ll find this fine lookin feline staring right at you, she’s the Great Sphinx of Tanis, and she’s your first Louvre beauty.
Turn around to face the moat again, and take the staircase to your right. Walk up them and BOOM, you’re at the back of the Venus de Milo, Aphrodite herself.
Turn your back on the Venus de Milo — pff, Venus de who? And head straight through the gallery in front of you. Cross through the Caryatids Room on your right, which will lead to a rotunda. Try not to gawk too long at the ceilings in this beautiful room, because across it and up two flights of stairs is the breathtaking Winged Victory of Samothrace.
Turn away from the Winged Victory and go back down one flight of stairs. To your right you’ll see the Red Rooms. Enter there to find the Coronation of Napoleon. Unfortunately, the Louvre was under renovation during our visit and Napoleon was hidden away, but maybe you’ll have better luck than us.
Move on to the next room, and follow the signs leading you to the room containing the Mona Lisa. There, try not to get too carried away, and bask in the glory of the Wedding Feast at Cana, the Louvre’s largest painting. (Or see a nice print of it during renovations like we did…rip).
You’re in the room where it happens. Fight through the mob to see what we all came here for, the Mona Lisa.
Exit the room containing the Mona Lisa and you’ll find yourself back in the red rooms. Here, you will find the Raft of the Medusa.
A few paintings down is the famous Liberty Leading the People.
Phew, you’re almost there. Exit this room, and across the way you’ll see a cafe, head towards it, but then down the staircases laid out in front of you. You’ll land right in the room containing Michelangelo’s famous work, The Slave.
Head back to that cafe and drink a well-deserved espresso, you’ve earned it!
This summer, Jessica roamed through many winding French streets in search of three things: white wine, red wine, and rose. With just a single phone power bank and absolutely no understanding of the French language, she found just what she was looking for along with many, many croissants. Her adventures ranged from trying to get a French SIM card from a man who spoke no English, to air drying in a towel-less hostel, to even lugging her 40L Osprey pack up a 3 mile mountain hike to get to her AirBnB in a French vineyard. After her trip, she’s found a profound new love of lavender, macaroons, and waking up before noon. The only thing France was truly missing this summer was Jessica’s cat, Gerty, who she missed very dearly throughout her journeys. She saw The Great Sphinx of Tanis at the Louvre, but it just wasn’t the same. Jessica is currently planning her next backpacking adventure to Greenland and Ireland, where she hopes to find out just how many ways you can cook a potato.