In December of 2008 Brian Hartenstein and family left America for an adventurous life overseas to live and work throughout Asia, raising three daughters with a sense of wonder and awe at the possibility of the world. It is now 2016 and the adventure continues back home in Oregon. This blog remains as a time capsule to that period. Thank you so much to all our friends around the world. Please stay in touch. We miss you all!
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Storming the Louvre
Time to Storm the Louvre!
The Louvre is giant fortress of art. Ba-Zillions of people visit it every year.
It was once the home of Louis XIV (picture above with bird on head) who, after moving all his crap to his summer home in Versailles... decided the abandoned space would be a great place to show off all his nifty royal collection of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures.
During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed that the Louvre should hold only national masterpieces.
The secret entrance to the Louvre is on the Paris Metro Line 1, get off on the Rivoli Station and stand at the door which reads Louvre Carousel Entrance. The doors unlock thirty minutes before Pyramid entry, you can race through the underground shopping area and queue up at the mall shopping entrance. On both days at the Louvre, this secret entrance saved us hours in line.
Wandering away that afternoon... seeing the masses still lined up outside...all I could think was...SUCKERS!