I was going to write a post on the Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre to add to my collection of Paris posts, but there’s only so much you can say about walking through the gardens, and ending up at the museum when you don’t actually go inside. Don’t get me wrong both the gardens and the museum are incredible, both really beautiful in different ways so I’ve decided to add it to my Insta-blogs collection and let the photos of the Louvre tell the story instead.
The Tuileries gardens can be accessed from Place de la Concorde, through the Louvre, or Rue de Rivoli, but without a doubt the best walk through is from Place de la Concorde so you get the view of the Eiffel Tower right at the start.
The gardens are huge, really open so you can see the full area around you including some of the best sights in Paris from this central spot. You’ll see the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Musee d’Orsay and the Louvre all from this walk.
You can either walk straight down the middle, which is really open, or through the trees either side which is a bit more secluded. There are little cafes and coffee stalls hidden among the trees, and a carousel that lights up at night.
The huge fountains in the middle of the gardens are a really popular spot for just sitting at to enjoy the view. Chairs are provided and they’re really low and reclined, it’s mad how you can get so relaxed in the middle of a capital city.
As you get nearer to the Louvre, the gardens become more sculpted, with preened symmetrical hedges and giant sculptures and statues.
Right at the end as you climb the steps you’re faced with the first big archway monument. Passing through this and you’re at the Louvre.
Once at the Louvre it’s basically a complete contrast of old and new prettiness. The old museum building housing a complete fortune of art, is a work of art in itself. I’m no architectural buff so I won’t get all technical, but I did take some photos that show how beaut it is.
The pyramids themselves are obviously a more recent addition, and I know caused some controversy back in the day but i really like them. They reflect the whole building and set in the fountains are impressive in a different way.
I’ve been at the Louvre when it’s been absolutely heaving, but on the Friday we were there in December it was so quiet. I couldn’t believe that at 11am I managed to get some photos of the Louvre pyramids with hardly anyone in.
And obviously we had to get the standard selfie that I think we got at every sight in Paris.
From the Louvre you can get out either side, onto either Rue de Rivoli and head to Angelinas, or out the other side towards the river and Paris Saint Germain. Whichever way you take you’ll pass through more grand archways!
This photo wasn’t taken on our trip in December, it was taken a couple of years ago in Spring but I had to include it because it’s one of my favourites and I first shared it on Instagram in 2010.
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