Entrance to the Louvre
The Louvre Musuem is probably the busiest museum I have ever seen and during the summer it can be a nightmare due to crowds and lineups. The best way and (tip from local friend) is to go under the glass pyramid and enter the Louvre from that area. It will save you loads of time and you wont be stuck outside in 35 degree heat. You will have to wait once you get inside the Pyramid but you will at least skip the outside lineups and be in AC controlled rooms. Simple tip but both times I was in Paris it worked to perfection.
Paris Las Vegas casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
You can be shocked by it, or merely amused... but there is a small scale reproduction of the Eiffel Tower, the Opéra Garnier, a piece of Le Louvre, and a typical parisian building (+20 stories more than normal...) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Inside, it is a big casino. Don't worry, this provocative desacration of our most famous parisian monuments is not a personal insult to the french...there is also a New-York themed casino (New-York-New York, it's called), an egyptian one (with glittering Giza pyramids), an Italian one (Bellagio), aso.. It is just part of the Las Vegas experience, a mega quitsh fix!!
So, just relax and enjoy, go loose some money by gambling, eat in the many excellent restaurants, enjoy the entertainment!!
Go to my travelogue for more pictures! http:/www.parislasvegas.com
Don't miss the details! [Louvre]
We tend to focus on the Pei pyramid and the contents of the Louvre, but don't miss the details of the building itself!
It was built between 1546 and 1878 and spent its first 200 years as a royal palace. It was turned into a museum in 1793 after the French Revolution. You can see the various periods in its architecture.
Little things mean alot
Make the effort to learn some french. It's not hard to learn the basics. Please and thank you's go a long way. The only time anyone was deliberatly rude was in a department store where I was looking for a hairdryer because mine wasn't working. I asked the saleswoman if she spoke English (because I didn't know how to say hairdryer), she made a face and said "non" and started to walk away. I finally managed to get what I needed because I knew how to say "it is windy and hot outside" and pointed to my head. She then smiled and said "oui" and pointed me to the hair dryers. Whew!
Even in the summer you must bring a light jacket and even rain gear for a trip to Paris. I was there at the end of July and two days it rained while two days it was fairly hot. Be prepared for these changes in weather.