Exploring the Tuileries Garden is one of the essential elements of a visit to Paris. This tranquil place of greenery, ponds, fountains and statues also has two museums in its grounds; all that is left of the royal residence that once stood there. Just a 20 minute walk along the rue de Rivoli or 10 minutes by Metro from the Hotel Britannique, this public garden is the largest and oldest in the capital and boasts an illustrious history.
The royal origins of the Tuileries Gardens
The Jardin des Tuileries, located between the Louvre and the place de la Concorde, was once the site of the workshops of roof tile makers, hence the name. Following the jousting accident death of her husband, Henri II, in 1559, Queen Catherine de Medicis wished to relocate from her chateau near the Bastille and so had a palace built close to the Louvre, which was at that time a royal residence.
The palace gardens were designed in the Italian Renaissance style Catherine remembered from her youth in Florence, but were later remodeled into a more formal French style, which is the look most closely adhered to today.
Wander the gardens and absorb their historical ambience, admire the sculptures with which the place is so generously furnished, relax to the tinkling sound of fountains. Visit the Orangerie museum, famous for its water lilies by Monet and the Jeu de Paume, a museum of contemporary art. Then, to make your day complete, why not enjoy a meal at Le Saut du Loup, a restaurant with a terrace in an extension of the garden? This may well be the loveliest setting for a restaurant in all of Paris, with a view of the Louvre guaranteed to take your breath away. Enjoy, in addition, a refined atmosphere and a menu skillfully balanced between classicism and creativity. A perfect end to your day.
Fabulous 50s Fashions at the Palais Galliera
The Palais Galliera is a fashion museum presenting only temporary exhibitions. There are no permanent displays owing to the delicate nature of the collections. When a new exhibition opens here it is always an exciting time, and a particularly fascinating one has just begun and will continue until November 2nd. Fashion In France, 1947 – 1957 chronicles the period in which French haute couture returned to world prominence, producing Christian Dior’s New Look along the way. Around 100 items are on display, including those created by the most famous designers and those styled by now obscure names. Fashion’s most stylish era lives again!
- Jardin des Tuileries : 113 Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1e
Tel. 0033 (0)1 01 40 20 90 43
Metro : Tuileries, line 1
- Jeu de Paume : 1 place de la Concorde, Paris 8e
Tel 0033 (0)1 47 03 12 50
Metro Concorde, lines 1, 8, 12
- Le Saut Du Loup : 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
Tel. 0033 (0)1 42 25 49 55
Metro : Tuileries, line 1 – Pyramides, lines 7 et 14