The Louvre is easy to get to. It has two Metro stops. It is well signposted. What is not easy – or at least not quick – is getting into the Louvre.
The Louvre opens at 9:00. I arrived about 9:10. There were two massive lines. One for those with tickets and one for those without. There were two security check entrances right next to each other. About half the time, the with-tickets people got to use both entrances. Then the no-ticket people got to use the right hand side while the with-tickets people continued to use the left. How massive were the lines? I got to the security check at 10:30. Note that there is a third line for those with “skip the line” passes. If you had one of those, you pretty much got to queue up right in front of the security entrances. Also note that none of this gets you a ticket. It is only entrance to the under-the-pyramid area where ticket booths are to be found. See the pictures below.
The people on the escalator coming down are from the security check entrance. It was a steady stream. All. Day. Long.
Since I want to visit the Louvre multiple times, I became an Adhérent (member) of the Société des Amis du Louvre (Friends of the Louvre). The cost is €80, but each single entrance ticket is €15, so I will be ahead on my 6th visit. I think I can find enough to see in the Louvre to visit 6 times. It also means I will not attempt to exhaust myself to get my full single-ticket’s worth all at once. But, the real benefit? There is a different entrance in the Passage Richelieu for people with this pass. And, the Passage Richelieu is right on the path from the Metro station into the Louvre.
This first visit I did some general wandering. I did see Winged Victory. I did see the Mona Lisa. I did see the picture of Napoleon crowning Josephine (in front of the overshadowed Pope). I saw lots of things, but was not doing a systematic tour.
The picture up top is from my lunch in the Café Richelieu. It has views out over the central courtyard. You can see the pyramid, but not the lines as they are to the right out of the picture. I had a salad that comes with a slab of foie gras terrine, and, of course, a glass of red wine. The café specializes in fancy pastries and many stop there for a sweet snack.