Promenade across the Tuileries Garden in Paris

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This past Sunday, as we wondered where to stroll in Paris, the Tuileries Garden came as a good choice… Here is a short account of our 3 km ‘promenade’ with a few photos we took during the first afternoon of September.

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Our beautiful promenade across the Tuileries

Promenade across the Tuileries

We started our walk at métro station “Invalides” and crossed the splendid Alexandre III bridge with amazing views over the Eiffel Tower and the cruise liners (bateaux-mouches) on the Seine. Once in the Right Bank (Rive Droite), we turned right and followed the shady avenue “Cours de la Reine” to the direction of Place de la Concorde.

The magnificent fountains of the square were filled with water (there are not during winter), perfect for taking some interesting photos. There, another photographer was busy capturing romantic shots at a bride and bridegroom.

From Place de la Concorde, we stepped inside the vast formal garden of the Tuileries and crossed it to reach the Louvre. Looking backwards, the Historical Axis was revealing itself as the most prestigious perspectives in the French capital.

Walking from the Cour Napoléon to the Cour Carrée of the Louvre is always a tremendous experience where French History appears at every corners of the monument.

To end our stroll before diving into the métro station of Châtelet, there was a last thing to do – one of our own favourite Parisian traditions: a hot cocoa (chocolat à l’ancienne) in Le Fumoir, opposite the monumental façade of the Louvre built by Perrault.

Here is a collection of photos of the stroll… hope they will inspire you to walk in our path!

One of the four pillars standing at the corners of the Alexandre III bridge:

Pont Alexandre III in Paris © French Moments

Two of the monumental pillars (Left Bank) © French Moments

A sweet smile!

Pont Alexandre III, Paris  © French Moments

Pont Alexandre III, Paris © French Moments

Loving this view of the Eiffel Tower from Pont Alexandre III:

Pont Alexandre III, Paris  © French Moments

Pont Alexandre III, Paris © French Moments

The ice-cream stall: C’est si rétro !

Pont Alexandre III, Paris  © French Moments

Pont Alexandre III, Paris © French Moments

The monumental glass roof of Grand Palais:

Pont Alexandre III Paris September 2014 05 © French Moments

The roof of Grand-Palais © French Moments

The banks of River Seine viewed from Pont Alexandre III (can you see the golden top of the Luxor Obelisk?):

Pont Alexandre III, Paris  © French Moments

The River Seine © French Moments

The arches of Pont de la Concorde and Notre-Dame in the background:

Pont Alexandre III, Paris  © French Moments

The River Seine © French Moments

A majestic vista of the Champs-Élysées reaching to the Arc de Triomphe and La Défense CBD:

At the Champs-Elysées © French Moments

At the Champs-Elysées © French Moments

The Luxor Obelisk standing in the centre of Place de la Concorde:

Place de la Concorde © French Moments

Place de la Concorde © French Moments

One of the most photographed view of Paris:

Place de la Concorde Paris September 2014 02 © French Moments

Place de la Concorde, Paris © French Moments

A perfect spot for wedding pictures!

Place de la Concorde © French Moments

Place de la Concorde © French Moments

Simply beautiful!

Place de la Concorde © French Moments

Place de la Concorde © French Moments

Place de la Concorde © French Moments

Place de la Concorde © French Moments

Now in the Tuileries Garden… so many people but always a relaxed atmosphere reigns there!

At the Tuileries Garden © French Moments

At the Tuileries Garden © French Moments

One of the shady alleys leading to the Louvre:

At the Tuileries Garden © French Moments

At the Tuileries Garden © French Moments

Refreshments in the garden:

At the Tuileries Garden © French Moments

At the Tuileries Garden © French Moments

Looking to the West of the Historical Axis with the Luxor Obelisk (Place de la Concorde), the Arc de Triomphe and the skyscrapers of La Défense:

At the Tuileries Garden © French Moments

The historical Axis © French Moments

At the Tuileries Garden © French Moments

At the Tuileries Garden © French Moments

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel:

The Arc du Carrousel © French Moments

The Arc du Carrousel © French Moments

The statues of the top of the Arc du Carrousel:

The Arc du Carrousel © French Moments

The Arc du Carrousel © French Moments

View of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc du Carrousel:

The Eiffel Tower seen from the Tuileries Garden © French Moments

The Eiffel Tower seen from the Tuileries Garden © French Moments

The elaborate façade of the Louvre… beautiful Renaissance architecture.

The Louvre © French Moments

The Louvre © French Moments

The equestrian statue of Louis XIV marks the start of the prestigious Historical Axis:

The Louvre © French Moments

The equestrian statue of Louis XIV © French Moments

A close-up…

The Louvre © French Moments

Louis XIV © French Moments

The world-famous glass pyramid of the Louvre:

The Louvre © French Moments

The Louvre Pyramid © French Moments

The Louvre © French Moments

The Louvre © French Moments

The Louvre © French Moments

The Louvre © French Moments

The remarkable Renaissance façade in the Cour Carrée:

The Louvre © French Moments

Cour Carrée, the Louvre © French Moments

The Louvre © French Moments

The Louvre © French Moments

After our 3 km walk, we enjoyed a ‘chocolat chaud à l’ancienne‘ at Le Fumoir opposite the colonnaded façade of the Louvre before reaching the métro station in Châtelet.

Hot chocolate at Le Fumoir, Paris © French Moments

Hot chocolate at Le Fumoir, Paris © French Moments

 


 

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management.

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