We arrived at the Louvre right after it opened at 9am on a Wednesday morning. There were no lines and the crowds were surprising light. We were even able to get right up front for an unblocked view of the Mona Lisa. We used the Rick Steves audio tour to just hit a few of the museum’s highlights—I’m sure if we’d had the time we could have stayed all day exploring the various wings and exhibits.
When we left the museum a little after 11am it was starting to get really busy. I can’t imagine how the heavy the crowds must be in the summer in the height of tourist season. A cold winter morning seemed like the perfect time to enjoy the Louvre! When you’re done, head over to Angelina for some hot chocolate and croissants.