Tried to do this in one post, but I think I broke Blogger in the process... so here is the first chunk :)
Paris has a number of wonderful museums. We decided, as usual, to go for the grandest, The Louvre. Originally built as a military fortress in the 13th Century, the Louvre was a royal palace for several years during the 16th century before becoming a museum in 1793. It now holds ~ 35,000 works of art on display. If you took 30 seconds to admire each piece and did it non stop without break from 9am - 5pm that would take you 36.5 days to see. Oh, and that doesn't even take into account time to walk the 8 miles needed to walk the exhibitions halls. Challenge accepted!
The clump of people just to the left of the base of the pyramid is the line to get in. Like an ice-burg you are only seeing a fraction since it snakes through the inside of the pyramid and along a number of underground halls before the ticket booth and entrance. Time to wait in line? Hours? Honestly, I'm not really sure.
We entered the first exhibit room, which was huge and covered with fine works of art.
More coming very soon! Hoary for mostly reliable always on Internet and electricity!