The Curious Explorers guide to Paris: Tuileries Quarter

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The beautiful area of the Tuileries Quarter is surrounded by the huge Place de la Concorde to the west and the Grand Louvre to the east. With palaces, expensive shopping streets on the Rue de Rivoli and Rue St-Honore and luxury hotels, this area is tolled with cash but anyone can enjoy the delights of the main attraction, Jardin des Tuileries (the Tuileries Gardens).

Jardin des Tuileries - Paris, France

The main sight has to be the Louvre museum, one of the most famous art galleries in the world because it is known for having the world-famous Mona Lisa portrait by Leonardo da Vinci (which is not as big as people think, it’s tiny!). For us it has to be the outside (or should I say ‘street level’) as the main entrance to the museum is underneath glass pyramids in the middle of the Napoleon Courtyard. The surrounding buildings started of as a fortress back in the 12th century to protect Paris from those nasty Vikings from Norway. After that, the French Royal Family kept expanding the buildings and has stayed the same ever since until the glass pyramids were constructed back in the late 1980s.

Musee du Louvre - Paris, France
The glass pyramids at the Louvre museum

Musee du Louvre - Paris, France

Musee du Louvre - Paris, France

Walking westwards away from the museum, go through the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries which used to be part of the gardens of the nearby palaces. The good thing about walking through the gardens is that it is parallel with the River Seine so river views are also taking in. In the summer there are plenty of people relaxing on the grass, sitting by the water fountains and is also a romantic place to come, there are plenty of lovers holding hands and taking in the blissful surroundings, away from the traffic of the Paris streets.

Jardin des Tuileries - Paris, France

Jardin des Tuileries - Paris, France

Jardin des Tuileries - Paris, France

Jardin des Tuileries - Paris, France

Jardin des Tuileries - Paris, France
The western end of the Louvre from the garden

However at the western end of the jardin des Tuileries is the Place de la Concorde, which is one of Europe’s most historic and magnificent squares. The square was known as Place Louis XV as it had a statue of the king way back in the 18th century. Then the square got a revamp which somehow opened up as an octagon ship with the north side of the square having some impressive mansions. After a while the square became known as the Place de la Revolution, the statue of the former king being replaced by a guillotine (nice!). Here over 1,000 people got beheaded including famous people like  Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI. Eventually the square got renamed to Concorde and got a grand refit and also a 3,200 year old obelisk which came all the way from Luxor in Egypt now stands in the heart of the square. Along with two fountains, eight statues which personalises French cities, it certainly has a touch of glass these days.

Place de la Concorde - Paris, France
Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde - Paris, France

Place de la Concorde - Paris, France

Place de la Concorde - Paris, France

Place de la Concorde - Paris, France

This area, I say once again, is stunning and has class but is one of the best places to go for an afternoon stroll. Who needs the metro to get between points around here when there is plenty to see. (For those interested, the nearest Metro stations are Louvre-Rivoli, Tuileries, Pyramides, Madeleine and Concorde.     

 

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24 Responses

  1. Fi Ni Neachtain

    I visited Paris back in 2012 and I loved all of these places. The park leading from the Lourve was my favourite, I thought it’d be the perfect place to go and read by the fountains, if I lived in Paris of course! Lovely photos 🙂

  2. My husband and I were just talking about planning a trip to Paris. He’s been a few times, but I have never been.

  3. Paris is one of the places right at the top of my travel bucket list. I want to go for everything, especially the scenery, art and food.

  4. I’ve always wanted to visit the Louvre. I enjoyed reading about and the park and seeing all the great photos. Hopefully, one of these days I’ll get to travel there.
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  5. I am jealous. As an art lover, I have always wanted to go to Paris to see the art, not only in the Louvre, but throughout the cie. I love your images and thank you for sharing this trip with us!
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  6. I would love to visit Paris! It is definitely on my bucket list of places to visit. If I do get to visit, the Louvre would be tops on my list of things to see!
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  7. We haven’t been to Paris in several years but I have been to the area your writing about. The photos brought back many memories of a wonderful time we spent there visiting. See it is still very expensive but walking doesn’t cost anything.
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  8. Beautiful photos. I would love to travel to Paris once more and if I do, I will remember to tour the Tuileries Quarter. The Obelisk is awesome. I would have my picture taken with that in the background!

  9. This area is so pretty. I was just there and the weather was dark, dreary and terrible. Everything was brown but I can see that it does turn prettier at some point in the year! I’ll be there again the summer and hope to make it to the Gardens!

  10. What a great post! My goal is to visit Paris by the end of 2017. I will definitely remember to go to the Tuileries Quarter.

  11. Oh Paris! What a fun city to gallivant in. I loved spending time here and I am such a sucker for the macaroons from Lauderee. yes please!

  12. Tulieres is one of my favorite spots in Paris! Your photos are great, they really capture the charm of the place. Great post!
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  13. I was able to visit Paris for almost a month before for work. I was able to see this places and really appreciated the beauty of Paris.
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  14. Oh, your post brings back such great memories! I love Paris and was most recently there in December. The Louvre and surrounding “Jardin” are favorites of mine. A perfect day is arriving in the morning, before the Louvre is open to take photos, entering the Louvre as one of the first visitors, and strolling the gardens afterward on the way to the Musee de l’Orangerie at the far end near the Place de la Concorde.
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  15. Such a beautiful place! I’ve never been, but look forward to it one day. The history alone would have me busy for days! Thanks for sharing!

  16. I’ve decided to spend myb40th birthday I. Paris. The sights you’ve shared are beautiful. The back stories are quite interesting.

  17. Angelic Sinova

    This post is giving me major flashbacks to my trips to Paris last April and December! Isn’t Paris just so lovely? I can’t wait to visit it again soon.

  18. I went to Paris about 16 years ago with my mom and my daughter, who was only 13 months at the time. I regret we did not take her to the Louvre even though she was so young. I would have loved it.

  19. Reading this post and looking at the pictures brought back pleasant memories. Memories of one rainy day in Paris when we were at the Louvre and strolled around the Pyramid and the same areas that you have written about. You are right one needs to walk around this lovely place to actually experience the magic of Paris.
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  20. Paris is so beautiful! I love the fountains and statues! I laughed about the Mona-Lisa being tiny. I had no idea!
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  21. First of all I would like to say that you have captured Paris brilliantly . I haven’t been to Paris yet. But this is quite useful for someone like me. Thanks for sharing.

  22. I would love to visit Paris someday. It is my dream vacation destination. For now, though, I can only live vicariously through the eyes of a camera lens.

  23. michele d

    Such a beautiful place to visit. I would love to go there with my husband some day. Your pictures are wonderful!

  24. Lovely guide, guys! This would be a great resource for anyone looking to get beyond the Louvre.

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