Anyone who has been to Paris has probably seen the Louvre — at least from the outside if not the artwork within (and that tiny portrait of the famous staring lady). However, some may not have approached from the entrance where this photo was taken. My friends and I were leaving the area when we looked back and noticed the symmetry of all the buildings from the different ages.
This inspired me to learn more about the history of the Louvre. The first time I visited was soon after the pyramid was constructed in 1989. Although I was just a teenager, I remember the tour guide saying that the Parisians called it ‘The Toilet’ because they thought it was so ugly. Perhaps this was just a joke for tourists: I’ve yet to find anyone from Paris who remembers the nickname. The Louvre website has a detailed history that makes for an interesting read if you want to learn more. Downstairs, you can see the old ruins from the medieval building, which is what find to be the most fascinating part of the whole building and everything it contains. What’s your favourite bit?