"The Rewards of A Queen's Imagination" Jardin des Tuileries Tip by CALSF
Jardin des Tuileries, Paris: 91 reviews and 211 photos
My favorite Parisian park has to be the Luxembourg Gardens which was actually the property of Queen Catherine de Medici. I would say that this is my second favorite Parisian park. Another property of hers was the Palais des Tuileries which burned to the ground in 1871 and was never rebuilt.
However, the grounds-or the gardens-remain. And this is known today as the Jardins des Tuileries. During Catherine de Medici's reign she had the gardens designed to her specifications. It was Le Notre, the landscaper of many famous gardens (including the gardens at Versailles), who redesigned the gardens into what we see today.
It's got the typical gravel pathways, statues, lots of beautiful flowerbeds lining the pathways, fountains, and ponds. Surrounding the ponds are the typical green metal chairs that are so handy for taking leisurly breaks from walking. During nice weather the chairs are occupied by the sun-loving Parisians. So do take a seat when one becomes available during a sunny day to contemplate all the beauty that surrounds you.
The Tuileries Gardens is a must-see for me as it's in a most scenic location. One entrance faces the Place de La Concorde and the Champs Elysees while another entrance faces Rue de Rivoli. From St. Germain des Pres walking along the Seine you cross the Pont Royal onto the Ave. du General Lemonnier with the gardens parallel to you. Looking back you will see the Musee d' Orsay with its huge clock and to your right, the Musee de Louvre. And way in the distance to your left is the Place de La Concorde entrance facing the Champs Elysees.
It is because of all of these wonderful perspectives I love these gardens in addition to its own beauty.
Address: Place du Louvre
Directions: Metro: Tuileries,Concorde
***For a photo please refer to my Paris intro. page***
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