On my recent trip to Paris I was thrilled to be able to visit the Louvre and see the famous Mona Lisa. She’s certainly a popular lady! As I got closer to the room where she lives, the crowd of visitors got bigger and bigger. Everyone, it seemed, was there for the same reason!
This was the corridor outside of the main display gallery where the Mona Lisa hangs. It was obvious from the snippets of conversations I was hearing that everyone was talking about her!
Once inside, the crowd grew even more. There were many, many people moving about within the gallery, all vying for a closer look at that magical smile. Even though it was very busy, everyone was friendly. Maybe not everyone was smiling, but no-one was angry or rude. People moved about somewhat freely and I was able to make my way closer to the “front” in order to get a better view. It seemed that everyone was happy to stop and ponder while admiring her or taking a photograph or two, then would move along to let the next person take their spot. It was all very civilised!
While there are many more things to see within the Louvre than the Mona Lisa, she was certainly the star attraction. I spent about four hours inside before heading back out into the open air. I could have easily spent the whole day and then come back for more! Of course, that just means there’s more to see on the next trip…