Jardin des Tuileries│The beautiful Tuileries gardens (source of above image) are the most central gardens in Paris. These gardens stretch their French style alleys and lawns along the Seine river in Paris, on the right bank in between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde. They are called Jardin des Tuileries in french. Designed in 1664 by Le Notre, the designer of Versailles Gardens, Les Tuileries Gardens are spread with beautiful basins and statues. Les Tuileries Gardens are part of a spectacular Paris perspective that connects the Louvre Palace to Arc de Triomphe on a 5 kilometer straight line that goes through Place de la Concorde and Champs Élysées. We thought that we might get washed out by rain along the way, but we were set on walking this path.
This 23-hectare garden in the center of Paris draws some 14 million visitors every year. Initially serving as a royal garden, in the 17th century it became one of the first Parisian gardens open to the public. Its team of gardeners are concerned with protecting the environment, by recycling waste, avoiding the use of chemical weedkillers, and using insects for pest control.
Below, source, is an incredible view of the Jardin des Tuileries from above…
We started from the Louvre, above, and continued along this 5 km path…
Coming from Asia, where drinking is permitted almost anywhere, we always wonder if we are allowed to buy and open a beer in a public area. Signs like this really help! It is clear that drinking here is allowed, or it is not allowed, but you won’t be the only one doing it. Haha!
We found some food – bread, cheese and tons of delicious butter, of course – and sat down next to a small pond. There were little ducklings following their mamas, and many pretty flowers. Although a summer’s day, it was still a little chilly.
For lovers of candyfloss, rides and thrills, go to the Fête des Tuileries from June to August. We saw some rides and we could hear the fun, but a nice quiet stroll was more what we were after. The many attractions (the little train, the big wheel, bumper cars, etc.) continue year after year, bringing laughs, fears and excitement for children, with surprises and thrills for adults too. The funfair is located along Rue de Rivoli. Imagine below, source.
We highly recommend the Paris triomphal way walk through the gardens and up to Arc de Triomphe. Along the way, we passed the Ponte de la Concorde and then strolled down the infamous Champs Élysées. All of the above are an absolute must-do, and even though most of the sightseeing buses and tours will take you to each of these stops, it really is wonderfully relaxing to walk the whole route yourself.