Did you know that the Musée de Louvre is open in the evening on Wednesdays and Fridays? We’d heard it was less crowded at night, so managed to squish Versailles and the Louvre on the same day (I do not recommend this, we were exhausted by the end of it).
Previously a palace, the building itself is at least as interesting and beautiful as the insane number of artefacts that it holds. I was told that it’s best to go with a plan, because trying to see it all in a single day is impossible. The maps point out the main attractions, but you can also tell by the large number of people crowding around those pieces to take photos of them. If you’ve ever seen someone in a movie having a private moment to appreciate the Mona Lisa (which yes, is surprisingly small) – please do not expect this. The reality is you kind of have to fight your way through the crowd to get a small glimpse. Ditto, to a lesser extent, for the beautiful Venus de Milo and Winged Victory sculptures. I think my favourite thing about the Louvre are the heavily decorated sections and painted ceilings with gold and marble embellishments. The audio guide is well worth it, the most complex but still user-friendly system I encountered, which was on a Nintendo 3DS. The best thing is the interactive map with realtime directions, surprisingly necessary for navigating the many wings and staircases!
In general I don’t really both trying to take photos of paintings or two-dimensional artwork, unless I’m capturing people along with it. You’re never going to get the ‘perfect’ shot of a painting in a public gallery, and even if you did – so what? Your photo doesn’t give a unique perspective; might as well get a postcard. Sculptures and three-dimensional art are a bit more fun to take photos of, in my opinion, but I did my best to not worry too much about photos and just appreciate the art with my eyes.
P.S. Please don’t take photos with your tablet people, it looks ridiculous and blocks everyone’s view! This goes double if you’re taking a video with your tablet or trying to do a selfie (yes, seriously).