I Walk The Louvre

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My sister and I spent a rather exhaustive day walking to and around the Louvre. Our guidebook had all sorts of tips on how to survive the Louvre; including carrying your own collapsible chair and resting frequently. However, after you have experienced the hordes thronging there, that suggestion doesn't seem so ridiculous. It's almost difficult to enjoy the artwork when you have to elbow your way through a crowd to see it. Of course, once you abandon the "famous" pieces (Mona Lisa...) things do quiet down a bit and you can tour more at your own leisure. I found the architecture of the rooms just as lovely as the pieces they featured.
It's really remarkable how buildings have been adapted over time; something you don't often see in the States due to our relatively short history. The Grand Louvre was initially a fortress built in the late 12th century, was converted into a home for Charles V in the 14th century, and was later occupied by the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres and the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture, which in 1699 held the first of a series of salons. Even when it became a public museum it was far different from what we recognize today; artists lived in residence and unlabelled paintings hung on the walls. Oh, if those walls could talk, no?
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the clothes horse, paris, louvre, the louvre, personal style, fashion, bow tights, sheer tights, black dress, vintage dress, rhinestone buttons, chignon, cheap monday sunglasses, patent shoes, bloch wedges
the clothes horse, paris, louvre, the louvre, personal style, fashion, bow tights, sheer tights, black dress, vintage dress, rhinestone buttons, chignon, cheap monday sunglasses, patent shoes, bloch wedges
the clothes horse, paris, louvre, the louvre, personal style, fashion, bow tights, sheer tights, black dress, vintage dress, rhinestone buttons, chignon, cheap monday sunglasses, patent shoes, bloch wedges
Outfit details:
vintage dress, thrifted
Tabio tights
Cheap Monday sunglasses
*pictures, blog title, courtesy of my sister
Here's a little video, which is rather shaky, but hopefully captures some sense of the day.

CONVERSATION

50 comments:

  1. Awesome shots! I remember visiting the Louvre last Spring and we only had an hour to look around! D: Thanks for sharing these, you look super adorable. :] And you make da best vids.

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  2. Bienvenue chez nous ;) Paris is wonderful (and I don't say that because I'm French, ahah)

    Nice vid :)

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  3. Louvre is one from the most important museums in the world.I love Venus Milos and jokonda!

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  4. Thanks for sharing your great pics. I do LOVE the one of your legs and the floor.

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  5. nice!
    I'd love to go to Paris

    http://stylecoffee.blogspot.com/

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  6. Love those tights! When I visited the Louvre we didn't have much time and the crowds were just too much for me. The taking a chair tip is a great idea! hehe

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  7. cute pictures, Louvre is a wonderful museum

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  8. I love the Louvre. You got some great pictures and I love your video! Great outfit also. SarahD:)

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  9. Beautiful pictures! I visited the Louvre a few years ago, I was there half morning and half afternoon and couldn't see everything. It's an amazing museum, with an incredible architecture and art pieces but I personally prefer smaller museums because I tend to get nervous with this never ending places, they are a bit overwhelming for me. Maybe the next time, I'll go just one wing at a time.

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  10. I bet the Lourve must be an incredible place to sit and stare and be inspired. You're so lucky to be there! Wish i could afford to.. Btw, i love your outfit!

    xoxo, http://heelsandwedges.blogspot.com

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  11. Beautiful, thanks for sharing!

    http://minnja.blogspot.com/

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  12. I always preferred the musee d'orsay to the Louve, less insanely busy and I liked the art better. Glad you enjoyed it though and video was adorable

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  13. Great pictures and that video is amazing!
    http://behindthelashes.com

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  14. I liked Louvre back in 2007 but because I'm born in '93, that kind of art didn't appeal to me. I loved Musse D'orsay and Centre Pompidou - hope you'll visit those too !

    Have fun in Paris and thank's for keeping in touch with us!

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  15. Love your outfit, you look very sophisticated!
    What's the name of the song in the video?

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  16. Hi there Rebecca,

    Great vid! I'm very interested in videography and was just wondering how you did the notebook flipping thingie? I notice that it's quite a prominent motive in your vids :)

    Also, can I just ask if you had to use a 135mm lenses to take the Mona Lisa shot or would a normal 18 - 55mm lens be enough? I'm going to Paris soon and just wondering if I should just do with the 18 - 55mm lens.

    Hope to hear from you soon! Thanks :)

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  17. GOD, i really appreciate you making this post and movie, I had never seen the inside of la louvre before, so it was very exciting to me, and you edit very well as well! the art work looks breath taking, i could spend all day there!

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  18. aww i love your little video!! i really want to make a video on my blog but i have never done one before and never edited one so dont know where to begin! Love your dress! have fun in paris! :) x

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  19. ohn, louvre! and you looks amazing!

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  20. Wow, looks like fun!
    I love your sunglasses :)

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  21. The Louvre really is tiring... I tried silly-walking it with a friend once. Bad idea, it was exhausting. Hehe.

    If you have a free moment in Paris &you like reading/wandering in bookshops: go to Shakespeare &Company! It's a really cosy bookshop near the Notre Dame de Paris. It's basically and old house where every inch (literally) is packed with books. It's very cosy! There are some little corners with seats in them so you can sit down and read or just watch their beautiful shop! I can't even try to describe the vibe there... Seriously: go see it. It doesn't have to take long & I bet you won't regret it. Oh and they have a website too in case you'd like to check it out first: http://www.shakespeareandcompany.com/

    Love your blog!

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  22. Oh darn you've already been there. Just read your blog post about it.
    Oops.

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  23. wow you got an excellent shot of the Mona Lisa! All my shots of the painting turned out a bit blurry. But isn't the Louvre just amazing? How lucky are the young art historians in Paris. :)

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  24. OoO cute tights :)

    Great pictures of all the art, lovely to see.

    www.purelovefashionn.blogspot.com

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  25. fantastic! i love the video.i'm always put of visiting the louvre due to the sheer size of it!

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  26. Beautiful photos and a cute video. Great post!

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  27. THIS IS STUNNING! oh i am so so jealous! (and i love your shoes!)

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  28. I want you to be on vacation forever because these posts are so much fun!

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  29. oh how i love the lourve!
    looks like you had a great day there.
    paris is such a lovely place.
    i love the video!

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  30. I love your outfit and the video made me so happy because I am obsessed with France Gall. I really need to go to Paris sometime!

    The Girl in the Paper Dress

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  31. I'm so jealous you got to visit the Louvre! It's definitely on my to do list when I visit Paris! I also adore your video; what's the name of the song in the video? It's pretty cool! Thanks for sharing these travel posts with us! They're all so wonderful!

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  32. Bufff, I think it took me a whole day to recover from the damn Louvre. I think a collapsible chair is about the best idea I've ever heard! Have you done the Musée D'Orsay yet? That was my favourite... I loved the Toulouse Lautrecs since they give a nice yellowed-around-the-edges, absithe-soaked impression of Paris.

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  33. Can't wait till one day I can visit the Louvre

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  34. Great video! Too cute. Keep 'em coming.

    :o)Sarah

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  35. Really surpised you're allowed to take pictures in the louvre! I was under the impression that it was prohibited!

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  36. these shots are great. I love the video, what was the song called?

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  37. HI! I hope while you are in Paris you can visit The Red Wheelbarrow, a great little bookstore in Village St. Paul.

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  38. beautifull!! hope one dayy i can go theree too :DD

    xoxo

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  39. I am thoroughly enjoying the photos from your travels and your style. I like how girly it is :)

    Anthea,
    Embracing Style

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  40. ahhh the louvvrree! Do your feet hurt from doing all this walking!? I remember being so amazing, that people were all crowded around the Mona Lisa and there were so many AMAZING peices on the wall behind it. Insane! Love the all black. so classic.

    xo, Kim www.eatsleepwear.com

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  41. fantastic video - great song choice too ;)

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  42. I feel kind of bad for you that you are visiting all these gorgeous cities in August! Probably the worst time of year to go because of all the tourists. Also, a lot of off-the-beaten-path cute shops close for the month of August while shop owners take their vacations. But, regardless, any opportunity to see Paris is worth it. You look adorable, and I hope you and your sister have an excellent time!! I'm sure you will have happy memories of this trip for years to come:)

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  43. @Mary, Aw, thanks! I am having so much fun. And every time I get bitter about tourists I remember that I am one! There's a reason August is convenient for them & me!

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  44. Go to the Musée D'Orsay if you haven't already! It's my favorite museum in Paris. :)

    xx
    michal

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  45. Oh love the art and adorable outfits. Remixes rock! The video was cute too. I like. :)

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  46. love the video! what song is that?

    mara

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  47. This may be my favorite video of yours yet! And I adore France Gall; great choice of song. Love, A.

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  48. I just discovered your fashion blog when looking up "teen fashion"and as Paris is my (hands down)favorite city, I feel I have hit the jackpot! Your photos are magnificent,but I'm so upset that I'm unable to view the video of the Louvre...my parents have a block on r-rated material, which I find ironic since the first time they took me to Paris was when I was 10 AND I also saw "David" at the Academia shortly thereafter! Can't waith to read more!

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