Today I went to the Louvre and was in fear when I saw that they put up a sign 4.00 hour wait from this point in line.  O.M.G.  I had assumed it would be crowded because it's a free entrance day but I had no idea it would be this bad.  I mean, I got there a half hour before the museum even opened and this was already my fate?  Yikes!  Fortunately, it kept moving and was only about an hour to an hour and a half.  I guess didn't realize free-first-Sunday of the month was this large of a deal!

Behind me in line were three girls that I ended up spending the day with.  Two of them just finished a summer program in Florence and the other was just traveling around for a bit (and was Dutch!)  The two girls who studied in Florence are both from Florida (but didn't know each other before Florence).  They met with the Dutch girl at the hostel they're staying at.  They were really cool and it was nice to have some fellow English speakers!  It also made the line go by a bit quicker!

Now that we finally got inside, the crowd trying to get to the Mona Lisa...

Mona herself!

Many of the corridors and ceilings were really cool too.

And they had Egyptian items! 


The garden outside the Louvre (as seen from in the Louvre..)

A view from underneath the pyramid.

'Da Vinci Code' anyone??

For the record, there was no rose to be found on the ground either... slight disappointment.

I really enjoyed the museum and after we got some lunch.  After we all departed our ways (I went home to spend some time working) and we exchanged numbers so maybe I will meet them for dinner tomorrow night.