Last week when the weather was pleasant (unlike the current heatwave), I was waiting to check-in to another hostel so I decided to pick up my camera and take a walk through the Jardin des Tuileries. The name comes from the French word “tuile” which means “tile” as the garden was built on an old tile factory. And “jardin” ofcourse just means “garden”.
This public garden is a great free thing to do plus it is very relaxing to just sit by the fountains. French gardens are always exquisite. As mentioned previously, you cannot sit on the grass but there are green chairs scattered all around the gardens. Every bush is neatly trimmed into shapes and everything is perfectly symmetrical. There are gorgeous statues scattered all around the gardens.
There are several cafes in the middle of the gardens for a little pause. There is even a little pond with many shaded areas to relax.
As you walk further down you see a ferris wheel and other rides. When I walked past, they were still installing them but I’ve heard it’s fun to go on the rides at night in Summer. Behind the Ferris wheel, you can see beautiful Parisian buildings.
If you go towards the direction of the Louvre, you notice it gets more and more crowded. You walk through the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel which was placed there as a sign of Napoleon’s victories. Then you will see one of the most recognisable Parisian landmarks, the Louvre & it’s “Pyramides”.
During the afternoon, it was very hard to get a decent photo as there were so many people like me trying to take photos especially the really cliché photo with the tip of your finger touching the top of the pyramid (Guilty :P)
The pyramids are relatively new but have become an icon of Paris (well atleast for tourists). The Louvre museum which used to be a palace is so old in comparision to the pyramids but somehow it all belongs.