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The Louvre is an island of extraterritoriality: here you will hear all languages on Earth, except French! To be honest, in fact you will come across some Belgians, Swiss and Quebecers.

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Are not tourists admirable folks? They come from all parts of the world, and are aware of Paris and its region being homes for Versailles, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre or Notre Dame and… Galeries Lafayette. And you are supposed to see all that in one day or at most two. Seeing our visitors getting through the Louvre at a run is a rather disconcerting sight. But an amazing one too!

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A propos 'amazingness', the Louvre is for sure the most gorgeous building in Paris and its neighborhood. I often go there without entering the museum, just for a walk along the facades. And, by night, it is something special! But you haven't see anything if you have never seen The Louvre under a snowstorm, as I witnessed it a couple of years ago, trying to protect my equipment against moisture. All that is still waiting in my computer!

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Where tour guides are very poorly done is when providing foreign visitors incomplete information, such as the access to the museum. That explains the queuing form in Cour Napoléon, before Pei's glass pyramid, while the underground access (by subway Palais Royal or by Carrousel du Louvre) doesn't require any delay.

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As you can see, entering the Louvre by the Carrousel makes possible to avoid the big crowd queuing near the glass pyramid. The only problem for some people could be ... the stairs because there is no lift nor escalator available. Anyway, that is also one of the many reasons why I love the Louvre: this former castle is nothing, but stairs: a real fitness trail! As a result, although I have not much fat left (1,73m by 62 kg, the same measurements as when I was 18 years young! smiley), in a single afternoon spent here I manage to lose 500 grams. Of course, the many visits I regularly make here could explain my low fat index because otherwise I hate practicing 'official' sports! Have you ever seen a lion or a cheetah making sports? Of course, their everyday life is nothing, but motion!  
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Photographing the entire Louvre's statuary in 3D is the current program. I have been working on it for more than one year. Each of my visits is usually dedicated to a single hall; so did I again some days ago, spending a whole afternoon in the Hall of Caryatids with a light equipment, just for scouting.

Before reaching the Greek Hall you will (maybe) come across old Egypt!

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