Thursday, 5 January 2017
Chronicles from Paris | Jardin des Tuileries
The Tuileries Garden (Jardin des Tuileries), located between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre Museum, was originally commissioned by the Queen Catherine de Medici in 1564. The gardens and the Palace with the same name (destroyed in a fire in 1871) get their name from the tile (tuile, in French) workshops that stood on site previously to their construction.
In 1664, the famous gardner of King Louis XIV, André Le Nôtre (have you seen the movie A Little Chaos?) re-landscaped the gardens to the French formal style they present until today. Opened to the public in 1667, the gardens became a public park after the French revolution and currently are one of the Paris places of choice to relax and promenade, both for visitors and locals.
To seat by the pond, enjoying the sun and savoring an ice cream after the long walk from the Arc du Triomphe, was pure heaven. You can find several cafés and food stands in the gardens. In wintertime my choice goes to crepes (does Nutella crepe sounds good to you?) and in the summer to something fresher. If its not your starting point of the day, its a really cool place to rest for a while before resume your walk trough Paris.
The statuary collection displayed in the park is huge and you can see works from Maillol, Rodin or Giacometti standing alongside on the gardens grounds. If you are into cultural traveling you surely will be visiting the Louvre Museum, but if you have the time the Musée de L'Orangerie (in the south-west side of the garden) is a place to go if you love the work of Monet.
Walking towards the Louvre, eventually you reach the Place du Carrousel, where features the Arc du Triomphe du Carrousel, built to celebrate the victories of Napoleon and that is perfectly aligned with the arch at the Place d'Étoile.
Jardin des Tuileries
113 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, França
Opening Hours and Ticket Prices:
Opens between 7.00am and 7.30am, and closes between 7.30pm and 11.00pm according to season.
Free access to garden for all public.