The Louvre and the Jardin des Tuileries | A grand stroll in the museum and the garden

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The Louvre: what more can we say? The pyramid and the Mona Lisa perhaps. The Tuileries gardens are the continuation of the former royal palace. In this garden in the French style you will find amazed visitors and snoozing locals, under the eyes of the sometimes monumental sculptures that watch over this most Parisian of green spaces…

The Louvre… majestic and grandiose, a former royal home before becoming a museum: evidently it is a “must do”!

The not-to-be-missed (obviously) Louvre and its pyramid, the modern addition to this ancient palace that you can pick up with your fingertips. Strike a pose for the picture!
If you go down one level you will find the other pyramid; smaller, and most importantly upside down! This is the Carrousel du Louvre, from which you can access the museum on one side and some lovely boutiques on the other: Fragonard, Arty Dandy, La Maison du Chocolat, Mariages Frères or a miniature Printemps… A cultural visit and/or shopping – it’s up to you!
Visiting the Louvre requires courage and above all, patience, because it is a busy place. To avoid an overly long wait in line, buy tickets that allow you to skip the queues or visit it at night. A night at the museum in Paris! Obviously you will want to see the Mona Lisa and her famously enigmatic smile. You can then make an itinerary around the museum depending on your taste or follow a theme-based itinerary, for example the one that tracks smiles. From La Joconde (the French name for Mona Lisa) to the mediaeval sculptures, head off in search of the sweetest or most disturbing smiles from Antiquity to the 19th century.

Stop for a coffee break at Marly under the Louvre’s arcades and enjoy the view of the forecourt and the pyramid. Paris is magic!
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The Tuileries, in the continuation of the Louvre, with its garden and fountains. A haven of peace in the city, with green lawns, sculptures and sail boats on the water.

Pass under the “little” Arc de Triomphe and admire the view: the Louvre behind you and ahead of you Place de la Concorde, the Avenue des Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the Grand Arch at La Défense all in a line: grandiose!
Take a stroll in the garden and admire the statues and other contemporary creations that are on display. Then take a break at one of the fountains, sitting on one of the renowned chairs available. There are two models on offer: a lounge chair format and an armchair format. The former is perfect for relaxing, the latter for observing passers-by and enjoying the scenery. Children can play at sailing wooden boats on the water or have fun bouncing on the trampolines in the play area near the Galerie du Jeu de Paume.
There are two museums in the Tuileries. The Orangerie which contains, amongst others, Claude Monet’s water lilies, and the Galerie du Jeu de Paume with its photography exhibitions. The space is very bright and pleasant and the visit a quality one, even when it is busy. The bookshop which specialises in contemporary arts is also worth the visit.
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If you are feeling peckish, grab a bite at one of the snack bars – a salad or a club sandwich in the shade of the trees, in peace…
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Place de la Concorde, the transition between the garden and the avenue. Between the 1st and the 8th arrondissements.

Take a seat at the edge of a fountain (without getting your feet wet) and admire what is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful squares in the world. It is sublime by day or by night, with its fountains, typically Parisian street lamps and of course its obelisk, brought back from Egypt two centuries ago. Look towards the Seine and you will see the Assemblée Nationale (where Parliament sits) and the great glass roof of the Grand Palais, with the Eiffel Tower in the distance. Just across from the Jardin des Tuileries begin the Champs Elysées leading all the way to the Arc de Triomphe.

The little extra for early birds who are in Paris in the summer is the square without any cars, all to yourself (but only very early in the morning). And for those who visit in the days preceding July 14th, treat yourself to a parade at daybreak, when the armies rehearse: officially majestic.

The final tourist stop on this trail is at the Big Wheel, the Paris Eye, of course! The view over Paris is incredible, and slightly vertiginous. And it is even more picturesque at night, when the monuments are illuminated and the city bathed in light. Splendid.
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Practical Information

Musée du Louvre, 75001
Opening times: daily from 9am to 6pm (closed Tuesday). Late opening until 9.45pm on Wednesday and Friday.
Pricing: €12 (permanent collections) | €13 (temporary collections) | €16 (all collections) | free for under 18s.
Le café Marly, 93 rue de Rivoli, 1st
Opening times: daily from 8am to 2am
Le jardin des Tuileries, 113 rue de Rivoli, 1st
Opening times: daily from 7am tp 9pm | 11pm from June to August | 7.30pm from October to March
Free admission
La Grande Roue (Big Wheel), place de la Concorde, 8th
During winter from November to February
Opening times: daily from 11am to midnight (Friday and Saturday until 1am)
Pricing: €10 | €5 for children under 12


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