With over 50,000 objects, including a beautiful stone sphinx and mummy sarcophagus, the Egyptian Collection in the Louvre is highly recommended (ground and 1st floors, Sully Wing).
One of our favourite places is the Department of Islamic Art, opened in September 2012, which includes 3,000 objects spanning a 1,300 year time frame from Spain to Southeast Asia. The range of ceramics and rugs are amazing, especially when bearing in mind that some are up to 1,500 years old!
The Napoleon III Apartments are also a popular choice for visitors, and are worth seeing for their grandeur (1st floor, Richelieu wing). En route, go via the Louis XIV and the Regency rooms (also 1st floor, Sully wing) which give an insight into eighteenth century French elegance and aristocratic luxury, and tend to be less busy than the Napoleon apartments.
Other interesting places include the Medieval Louvre, the Cour Puget and Cour Marly, and the most beautiful hall in the Louvre, the Apollo Gallery, which was inspired by the Versailles Hall of Mirrors.
And, finally, the Pyramides! These architectural statements are another big attraction at the Louvre and can be appreciated at any time of the day. However, for a particularly stunning setting, head after sunset as the Grande Pyramide and the inner courtyard (Cour Carrée) are beautifully lit up at night. The Carrousel du Louvre is built around Pei’s Pyramide Inversée which mirrors the Grande Pyramide in the Louvre courtyard so after a visit round the Louvre, head down into this shopping haven and appreciate this dramatic centrepiece.