We did touristy things in Paris because we’re tourists. You can be wandering tourists just like us if you follow these suggestions.
The Louvre Museum: This museum is probably one of the best museums in the world, and I’ve been to all of them so I know. Well, that’s a blatant lie. I haven’t been to ALL of the museums in the world, but that doesn’t change the fact that The Louvre is a magnificent museum. It was the first time for both of us and we were totally in awe as we entered. As New Yorkers, we think the Metropolitan Museum of Art is pretty fantastic, but the Louvre easily trumps The Met. The size is staggering and the collection is exceptional. Of course, there’s the Mona Lisa which everyone wants to see and is so popular that it even has its own velvet roped access, but there are so many other works of art worth seeing that we didn’t spend more than a minute viewing the ML. We got the Paris Museum card so we were able to re-enter the Louvre as much as we wanted over a 4-day period. I highly recommend a visit, but break it up with an outdoor lunch in the Tulieres Garden. We ate at a cafe in the garden and it was fine, but if you want to save money, bring a baguette and some cheese and pate and you’ve got a great meal for cheap. BTW, the museum card is a good deal if you’re into museums and have the energy to visit several over consecutive days.