Here's the northern arm of the old palace, now containing a museum of decorative arts, which I've never been in. Once you've seen the Louvre, who has the time or energy? It would require a second trip, I think. There are also office buildings in this wing. At one time, it was all one huge palace, and there was an additional wing closing off what is now the west side - to open up the vista to the Arc de Triomphe, which is now obliterated by the pyramid.
No view, nice umbrella. There is a small arch behind it that we can barely see, which used to line up with the greater Arch de Triomphe.
I do like the colors of the water and the interesting gray-on-gray of the fountain against the overcast sky.
You still have one line going in, although it goes into the pyramid rather than into the palace via the arched door on the right (the Pavilion Denon).
Here's Lee descending the escalator beneath the pyramid, which contains the security checkpoint.
Your tour of the Louvre starts under ground. I like this view of the stairs going back up and out.
Grand Central Louvre.
After we stowed our packs, we had a choice of three ways to enter the Louvre itself. This is one value of the new entrance through the pyramid - it becomes a routing carousel. Rather than having everyone entering the same wing and clogging it up, there is a choice. I think it should have been accomplished, though, without destroying the amazing vista above.