Some people have seen the Louvre museum a hundred times in their lives. But few people know the “cour carree” as well, this magnificent courtyard in the western wing of the Louvre (from rue de Rivoli). A short trip there is just a cultural must.
You can sit on one of the few benches of the courtyard late at night and stare at the delicate lights on each façade. Bring a glass of wine if you can. During the day, the old Renaissance architecture and its decorative sculptures are a pleasure for the eye as well as the spirit. And If you’re lucky enough, you’ll hear a lonely cellist playing Bach in the background, which makes it a moment of grace and serenity.