The Other Louvre
If you have been to Paris, Im sure you have suffered the long line ups, and poorly behaved tourists at the Musee du Louvre. My last visit there, I was shocked by large (4' by 6') red and white signs next to the Venus de Milo warning against pick pockets .......... ok is that really necessary. Tourists were carrying their ipads filming the museum with absolutely no regard who they bumped into ..... get me out of here.
Travel north (1 hour by TGV) of Paris to the new Louvre for a totally different experience. The Louvre-Lens was designed by the Japanese Architect firm SANAA, the Landscape Design is by Catherine Mosbach of Paris. The building sits on a 60 acre site of a former coal mine.