Absolutely the best way to avoid standing in line!
You can directly buy the Louvre museum ticket from a tabacco store called "La Civette du Carrousel", which is situated in the Louvre Galery. First, take the metro line 1 or line 7, then get off at "Palais Royal Musée du Louvre". Once you get off the metro line 1, you take the underground exit that takes you directly to the galary. If you take line 7, you will have to follow the direction to line 1 first, then once you are on the line 1 metro platform, you can then take the galary exit. When you reach the galary, you turn right and walk to the end of the hallway, you will be at the tabacco store.
They offer one day admission tickets to the Louvre, Versailles Palace, and Musée d'Orsay. The date is open on the ticket. The price is the same as you would buy it at the entrance of the museum/monument. That means you can buy them in advance without standing in line at any of these monuments. They also sell museum passes for 2, 4 or 6 days (32€, 48€ and 64€) . It is true that you can get tickets in advance from other places, like Fnac, Virgin Megastore etc, but they usually charge you extra!!!!
Once you buy the louvre ticket, you can enter the musuem through "Passage Richelieu" on the Rivoli street, which is about a 3-min walk from the tabacco store. It is a special entrance for visitors with tickets.
Do as much sightseeing as you...
Do as much sightseeing as you can! Siene River cruise, Eifel Tower, Louvre, City Bus Tour, Notre Dame, Palace of Versailles, Champs Elysse, all in four days! Walking throughout the city and enjoying the wonderful Springtime weather. Sitting at the outdoor cafes and relaxing after a long day of sightseeing.
Driving in Paris can be a daunting task. More use is made of the horn in Paris traffic than paint and brush on the city's thousand easels. Congestion at out-of-the-way intersections is usually cleared by vicious scowls and Italian gestures, while that at major crossroads is miraculously cleared by a blast from the gendarme's whistle. If you are forced to drive in Paris, use caution while merging but be bold . . .or lose more than your patience.
Speak That Broken French!
When foreigners come to the United States many Americans would say that they should speak English. However, these same people are the ones who go to other countries and refuse to speak the language of that country. This has given Americans a bad reputation in France because so many Americans adopt this arrogant attitude that assumes that everyone should speak to us in English. Why should they? We are in THEIR country! In France they love everything FRENCH - their food, their wine, their culture, and especially their LANGUAGE. You would be amazed at how differently the French will treat you if you even just ATTEMPT to speak French! Learn some French before you go, or at least brush up on the little bit that you remember from high school. It will be worth it! Even speaking broken, poor French at least shows them that you are trying to fit in and break their stereotype of Americans. They will appreciate it and will respect you all the more.
Le Tabac -- A French Institution
You will see the lozenge shaped red sign on small shops and cafés throughout France. I saw this one on Ave. de la Motte Picquet in the 7e.
"Le Tabac" is the only legal seller of cigarettes in France, but, as you can see from the other signs, you can also get your lotto and metro tickets here! They also sell magazines, newspapers, tourist maps, postal cards and "les timbres fiscaux" -- to pay the fees for such things as passports, & driving licenses.
Click on the second picture for a view of the new "tabac" sign I saw in several locations. There is a bit of a dust-up at the moment as the tabacs are trying to defend their turf from the desires of Parisians to be able to buy things more conveniently.