The mark of a good vacation, is getting lost,
and you can get Lost at the Louvre
Most often this happens when you are weary, after hours spent in the galleries.
When you attempt to leave, there is no clue. How do we get out of here? (it is not impossible, only an inconvenience)
There is no trail to follow which leads you past all the exhibits.
Most visitors rush to the Mona Lisa (we do too)
Many run though the galleries, until warned by the museum guards
Imagine a child’s game, printing a map of the Louvre on a place-mat at at restaurant. It would be a good puzzle to put down your pencil and trace a route through the entire museum without lifting your pencil.
Currently, we have only found one way to exit, and it is very inconvenient – taking you past all the stores in the Carrousel du Louvre, a busy underground shopping mall. Quite recently, you could just ascend the circular stairs, up through the Pyramid, just like you came in.
But its just good business. They harness the stream of tourists, like water flowing into a hydroelectric dam. Hundreds of shops benefit from this river of museum guests. Big Time Tourism.
We often say that getting lost is a gift of discovery, and maybe a good story.