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.
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:
A sweet smile!
Loving this view of the Eiffel Tower from Pont Alexandre III:
The ice-cream stall: C’est si rétro !
The monumental glass roof of Grand Palais:
The banks of River Seine viewed from Pont Alexandre III (can you see the golden top of the Luxor Obelisk?):
The arches of Pont de la Concorde and Notre-Dame in the background:
A majestic vista of the Champs-Élysées reaching to the Arc de Triomphe and La Défense CBD:
The Luxor Obelisk standing in the centre of Place de la Concorde:
One of the most photographed view of Paris:
A perfect spot for wedding pictures!
Now in the Tuileries Garden… so many people but always a relaxed atmosphere reigns there!
One of the shady alleys leading to the Louvre:
Refreshments in the garden:
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:
The statues of the top of the Arc du Carrousel:
View of the Eiffel Tower from the Arc du Carrousel:
The elaborate façade of the Louvre… beautiful Renaissance architecture.
The equestrian statue of Louis XIV marks the start of the prestigious Historical Axis:
The world-famous glass pyramid of the Louvre:
The remarkable Renaissance façade in the Cour Carrée:
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.