We couldn’t leave Paris without seeing the world’s most famous art museum, the Louvre, home to the Venus de Milo & the Mona Lisa! I’d been when I came to Paris with my mom, many years ago, but Ben had never been and we wanted to make sure we saw it. Tourists were everywhere, but by going late in the day, we managed to skip most of the crowds and lines! There is a side entrance that you can use as an alternative to the main entrance, but I highly recommend waiting until two hours before the museum closes. That still gives you plenty of time to see the artwork, while skipping the long lines. Most people go in the morning and midday. We were able to get through the line in under 10 minutes!
Every part of the Louvre has art in mind. From the paintings on the walls to the incredible architecture, it is a unique experience. Even just walking down the stairs from one floor to the next gives you so much to soak in!
The most incredible rooms were the apartments of Napoleon III. Floor to ceiling, each room was ornately decked in gold, crystal, and lush fabrics. How beautiful are all of these little details? Right outside of the Louvre is the Jardins de Tuileries where we stopped to take a moment to rest, as the weather had warmed up quite a bit. One of my favorite things about Paris is the abundance of gardens. Whenever you need a respite from the crush of the city, there are plenty of options to sit back, take in the fountains, trees, and beautiful architecture. Luckily for us, the Jardin de Tuileries has an Angelina right across the street. We ducked in for a frozen hot chocolate. It was the most refreshing thing I could’ve asked for on such a hot day & a must when in Paris!