I must say, just randomly roaming around Paris and absorbing the atmosphere, people and culture, you will find that some attraction spots are actually close to each other.. or maybe we were just enjoying ourselves too much to realise..
Continuing on from my Paris travel series (1, 2), if you have little time, make sure the Louvre and Tuileries neighbourhood is on your must visit list. This area is definitely a place for art, history and culture lovers, like myself! It is a fantastic place to see Paris, with timeless architecture, grand squares, epic gardens, and posh cafes.
We strolled around Jardin des Tuileries, one of the most elegant gardens in Paris – filled with fountains, ponds and sculptures. It is located along the Right Bank of the Seine River between the Place de la Concorde and the famous Louvre Museum. It’s a great place where you can relax, have a little picnic, enjoy Parisian life and see the Eiffel Tower from afar or the beautiful Musée d’Orsay just across the Seine River.
The Tuileries Garden was originally created in 1564 by Catherine de Medicis and was reserved exclusively for royalty but later became a public park in 1667. It has been the place of many historical events and where it has inspired generations of artists. You can read more about the history here.
Upon reaching the east end of the Tuileries Garden, we saw a triumphal arch to Napoleon’s victories, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. From there, we reached our next destination, the Louvre Museum.
Paris’s Musée du Louvre is the world’s most visited museum, housed in the Louvre Palace. The Louvre is beautiful, surrounded by many tourists trying to get a nice shot of the pyramid and the surrounding area.
Inside, there’s a wealth of art for you to discover – around 35,000 pieces of art ranging from prehistory to the 19th century, not forgetting Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Useful tip to share – The Louvre is closed on Tuesdays, open until 9:45pm on Wednesdays and Fridays, and it is normally less crowded in the evenings. For more information, visit the Louvre official website. Remember to give yourself plenty of time, as there is much to see! It’s lucky for some like Beyonce and Jay Z who had a private viewing late last year; they seem to have loved it too.
To finish the night, we just had to try out the foie gras, snails and cassoulet. The foie gras was delicious, and melts in your mouth!