Of course one of the things on our list to see while in Paris was the the Louvre (and the Mona Lisa). Adam and I bought our tickets for the Louvre before we left for Europe and what a difference did that make! We were in the door within one minute (actually!), while the regular line was at least 2 hours. So if you ever find yourself in Paris, do yourself a favor and buy your tickets to The Louvre beforehand, you won’t regret it!
The Louvre itself is gorgeous. Most people can identify the museum by its glass pyramids, but it is actually housed in the surrounding castle. Once we entered the museum, we made our way to the Mona Lisa (and it is a very long way). The room where she hangs is full of people jostling and pushing to get to the front in order to capture the perfect picture. Adam and I managed to squirm our way front and center (without much trouble) and found a nice man to take our photo. After we did that, we took out our museum map and began searching for pieces of art that we recognized. Along the way, we took silly pictures with some statues, admired the gorgeous ceilings, and found Hammurabi’s Code and the famous statue of Aphrodite. In the 3 hours that we were there, we barely managed to scratch the surface of what the Louvre has to offer. My suggestion for future first-time Louvre goers, don’t attempt to see everything in one visit because it is not only impossible, but it will hinder your ability to appreciate the masterpieces that are right in front of your eyes. Pick a few highlights to visit and otherwise just wander and marvel.