Thursday, May 21, 2009
jour no. 21 - The Louvre, part deux: the bad, the ugly
Anyone opposed to snobbery and misanthropy, please skip this post.
OK, now the rest of you (which I gather is everyone, but especially Jonathan), let me tell you about the Dark Side of the Louvre: the crowds and crowds of lemming-like tourists running from one Must-See to another.
Despite being from just about every country on the planet, these people all seemed exactly alike (to me). It was like, "Tracksuits of the World, Unite!"
If you wish to join their club, here's how it works: Find a Major Work of Art (Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, statue of Ramses II), stand with your back to it, have your picture taken, check to make sure you got the photo, and rush off to the next item on the list. Rinse, repeat.
The frenzy around the Venus de Milo reminded me of a red carpet scene, and standing behind her, you get this view of a wall of cameras and cameraphones and camcorders.
It was horrid. Luckily, as with the Met, the place is big enough that most of your experience can be relatively calm. But do not count on having a serene moment of contemplation of this lovely statue.