For those looking for a place to relax, have a picnic, pass the time, or even have a jog, all while enjoying nature, the Tuileries Garden, located in the 1st arrondissement of Paris is a great choice.
The Tuileries Garden gets its name from the tile factories, or “tuile” in French, that existed before Queen Catherine de Medici built the Palace of Tuileries in their place in 1564. This palace no longer exists, but plans are underway to reconstruct the place from scratch.
The garden houses two beautiful ponds with fountains in the centre. One usually finds people sitting around them, relaxing, or feeding the ducks.
If one is a connoisseur of the arts, one can also be bewildered by the 20 sculptures made by the French sculptor Aristide Maillol (1861-1944). Another sculpture is that by Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) called Le Baiser or “the kiss’.
The Garden of Tuileries separates the Louvre Museum from the Place de la Concorde. The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel stands in between the Louvre Museum and the Garden. This Arc was constructed in around 1806 and is an homage to the success of Napoleon in his military campaigns.
No doubt this garden is extremely beautiful, just like the many other gardens that embellish Paris with their colours and fragrances. I happened to visit the gardens in November, and since autumn is my favourite season, I could not help but be enamoured by the exquisiteness of nature that this garden has to offer during this season.
My visit to the garden inspired me to write a few lines: