A Walk Around the Musée du Louvre

A walk around the Musée du Louvre

Usually this is a “A Walk Through” series, however right now that isn’t possible. So today we’re going to take a walk around the exterior of the Musée du Louvre. I walked by on two different days which proves that the emptiness wasn’t just a fluke…it’s actually what Paris looks like right now.

I didn’t plan to take these people-free photos. Both times I was actually just on my way to Café Kistuné to get an afternoon coffee. I expected to see more people out and moving around because the weather is gorgeous and it’s Paris. It’s never empty anywhere around the Louvre, and especially not on a Tuesday afternoon in May.

Musée du Louvre Architecture
The Arc at the Louvre
Passage at the Musée du Louvre
light reflections on the Musée du Louvre

Like me, the people walking by stopped to take photos. How could you not? It’s like being inside a photoshopped postcard. Or in the Beyoncé and Jay-Z music video at the Louvre, but during the day (as a side note, you can take an official Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the Louvre tour).

Every time I walk by during normal conditions I notice a different architectural detail. With the absence of people and cars the details are amplified. Right now Paris is breathtakingly beautiful and the Musée du Louvre is the pièce de résistance, in my opinion anyways.

A walk around the empty Musée du Louvre
Rue de Rivoli without cars

There are barriers and security personnel in front of the Pyramid and the gates are closed to the Cour Carrée (here’s a good map of the exterior) so I took the photos with those limitations. If you want to see more photos of the Louvre from the Seine (my personal favorite view), check out my post from over the weekend or my Instagram stories as I post it almost every day.

Louvre Cour Carrée
Louvre to Pont des Arts
Columns on a walk around the Musée du Louvre

I hope you enjoyed the walk around the exterior of the Musée du Louvre. Let me know if you have any requests for future walks through or around Paris!

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