In today’s US Mail delivery (so last Century…), the Société Des Amis du Louvre reminded me that my adhésion “has arrived” <<à échéance>> (I had to look it up). It’s time to pay up. I had so much fun with calculating whether to purchase an unlimited bus pass versus individual tickets that I decided to run a similar calculation for Louvre visits. An annual adhesion (apologies for the continued use of the Franglish word, but I find it delightfully amusing) is 70€. A single entrance is 12€, so a simple calculation says I’d need to make 5.83 visits before spending 70€ on a membership makes economic sense. Complicating the calculation is the Paris Museum Pass which offers access to bunches of museums and monuments for a truly reasonable price.
For my 70€ I could purchase an equivalent Paris Museum Pass (69€) that would be good for 6 days and many more places than just the Louvre. However — those are 6 consecutive days – the pass is stamped on the day you first use it. I’ve fallen into this trap on previous visits. I once spent an entire week in Paris with no other destination than the Louvre. I will have the luxury of spending several weeks in Paris this year and with my <<Amis>> card I can bop in and out of the Louvre “whenever :-)”.
- Regarding my adhesion question, the Société is sweetening the deal with <<les offres exclusives>>, and my decision isn’t entirely an economic one. Does anyone go to Paris to save money?