Tuileries, the Louvre district (and royal gardens and palaces)


What is the most representative symbol and icon of Paris? Surely the Eiffel Tower would be the winner if we do a survey but we would not be surprised if Notredame, the Arc de Triomphe and the Ellipse Fields, the Sacré Coeur or the Louvre appeared on that list. Today, these last two will be our protagonists in today's tour. We will start the day walking through the main attractions to see in Tullerias, the Louvre district (and the gardens and palaces where royalty lived for a long time) to go to Montmartre in the afternoon, the most bohemian Paris crowned by the Sacré Coeur Basilica. Oli inside the belly won't get tired ...

Do you let me "read" a small summary of the end of the day that I collected in my notebook (yes, in all my trips I carry an old-fashioned notebook where I write down everything I don't want to be forgotten)?

What to see in Tullerias, the most famous "pyramid" neighborhood in Paris

"Today was an incredible day, a tour of some of the most emblematic areas of Paris to end in the pyramid of the Louvre Square where on this occasion we have not entered (we have visited it on previous occasions) since we think that, perhaps, for a pregnant woman it may be a "little bit of trouble". Although here we do find more people than in the previous days in other areas, the walk has been the most pleasant we have taken these days.

Paris has about Beautiful gardens and, above all, very comfortable. So much so that in some of them we even find people in a swimsuit sunbathing. They are mainly recreational areas where everyone can do the activity they like (sports, reading, picnicking, listening to music sitting next to the side, ride a boat, etc).

I know it's less interesting data for the one who reads but we've had breakfast twice! Paris does have a drawback in this regard and since croissant is famous, almost all the places that coincide with us on our itinerary only have one type of breakfast where it is the undisputed protagonist. That makes me complicated to have some toast as I like to be part of a healthy and abundant breakfast (do not see how Oli eats and is not yet born), together with thatIn some areas of the city, Parisians are somewhat "edges." We assume that they will be up to the noses of tourists who in some places already seem to be full-fledged invaders.


The Pont de l'Archevéché goes from the Latin Quarter to the eastern end of the Illé de la Cité and is one of the many Parisian bridges full of padlocks (whose keys we understand will be at the bottom of the Seine) as a symbol of eternal love ... Isaaaaac we have not put any, ummm I would ask for eternal trips !!!

However, I missthose shops so original that we found in Rome, for example. Surely they are in the quietest areas or that I have not yet found with them because for the moment we have seen very little (good excuse to convince Isaac to return). Of course there are many libraries, old and modern that I love ... Oh, and if I have to highlight something, no doubtthe facade of the Opera Garnier is impressive, the elegant Place Vendome and the huge Place de la Concorde"

With this introduction we enter through one of the most famous and "kicked" neighborhoods in Paris, the one that gave shelter to the royalty and that continues transmitting that feeling of luxury, also welcoming most of the governmental institutions and where the undisputed protagonist is the Louvre Museum… detailed route with a mapIt has been similar to the following (Remember that you have them all in the article so that you design the route that you want)

In this neighborhood, what are we going to find? Do youwhat are the essentials that we can't miss? Of course many attractions among which we can highlight the Place de la Concorde, the largest public square in Paris chaired by the Egyptian Obelisk; heTuileries Garden with 28 hectares of fountains, ponds and sculptures that gave it the title of World Heritage by UNESCO or the Jardin du Palais Royal, other impressive gardens to stroll and admire its columns; he D'Orsay Museum, one of the most famous for his impressionist collection; the Church of the Madelaine, original for its style reminiscent of Ancient Greece; he Palais Garnierwhich stands out its magnificent facade and the Place Vendóme, a very important square in the history of Paris and where the famous Ritz hotel is located.

We started this new day, after breakfast (9.40 EUR) near theHotel Andréa where we stayed, on the Avenida de la Opera and from there take the tour to end in "the jewel in the crown", starting with places likeRue Paix 10, one of the most luxurious streets

Our morning walk to an essential in this neighborhood, such as the Opera Garnier, the National Academy of Music, is a "cool". The avenue is wonderful and we are finding those stores and bookstores that I can not miss (11.85 EUR) ...

The Garnier Opera, also known as the Garnier Palace or the Paris Opera 9It is a beautiful neo-baroque building and one of the most characteristic buildings in Paris that was designed in 1860 by Charles Garnier, a young architect unknown at the time and that would serve as inspiration for the work of the Phantom of the Opera. We can say that together with the Bastille Opera they form the National Opera of Paris. By the way, you can do guided tours or not by its annex museum which includes posters, costumes, backdrops, original scores and many other objects.

We have not entered but it can be a very interesting visit (for what they say about it since we did not know it in ancient trips), highlighting the great staircase and the golden horseshoe auditorium with red velvet armchairs, a huge lamp of spider and an impressive mural on the ceiling.

Following our tour another attraction of this neighborhood is the Église de la Madeleine 8, especially for its curious style reminiscent of that of a Greek temple.

It was built in 1842 after many changes in the design and delays in its construction. It is currently under construction although it hosts classical music concerts. A curiosity is that on its south side the staircase offers one of the most typical views of Paris: rue Royale to the place de la Concorde and its obelisk. You can also see the golden dome of Les Invalides in the background.

Another breakfast to gain strength? In the end you end up "giving in" to Parisian croissants but today I have finally achieved my long-awaited toast with jam (16.50 EUR). ¡Bieeeeeeen!

On the recommendation of a reader, near the same Church, we have approached thefamous Laduree store (x2) where it is said are the best macarons "of all that exist". In addition this is the official store where of course we could not stop entering, one of the oldest patisseries in Paris that has been in operation since 1862. It is considered that they were the creators of this typical French sweet.

So, almost without realizing it, we arrived at another TOP (isn't it?) In Paris, the Place de la Concorde 4, a huge square located between the Champs Elysees and the Jardin des Tuileries and was originally dedicated to King Louis XV since his association with royalty gave him a fundamental role during the Revolution.

In the center, the same one where at the time of the French Revolution there was a guillotine in which thousands of Frenchmen died and Louis XVI himself, we can see today the Obelisk Luxor 3,300 years old, a monument of pink granite from Egypt that in 1831 was brought as a gift. Its views cover the Eiffel Tower and the Seine ... the city extends around it.

By the way, we did not reach Grand Palais and Petit Palais but we did it the last day after the Champs Elysees (you have it on DAY 5 (II)).

Tuileries Garden, the rest of royalty on the banks of the Seine

Walking along the banks of the Seine transfers a sense of being on a history journey with the route of the day. In addition, we live up to one of the most luxurious in the capital ...

... which is none other than theTuileries Garden 2, a green oasis that is an almost obligatory stop to regain strength and enjoy another perspective of Paris. In it you can admire sculptures such as Rodin's Kiss or the delicate Welcoming Hands of Louise Bourgeois.

Before telling you about our walk, rather before showing it to you (better see it), tell you that in the southwest corner you will find the Musée de l'Orangerie 3where you can contemplate, among others, the Water Lily of Monet, works by Matisse, Picasso or Renoir. This museum, together with the Galerie du Jeu de Paume (with photographic exhibitions), is the only thing left of the old Palais des Tuileries.

Going back to "our garden", to say that it was a project of André Le Nòtre in 1664, also the creator of the gardens of Versailles and Vaux-le-Vicomte and that it would soon become the most "chic" place in Paris where to walk with the best galas ...

It is a delight to walk since you enter their domains and, as I mentioned in a previous article, the Parisians use it to do what they want most ... and me too! Shape part of the banks of the Seine declared World Heritage by Unesco in 1991. Its historical axis runs along the Avenue of the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe and finally, to the Grande Arche in the district of La Défense.

Do we follow the tour of Tuileries? The next stop is the Place Vendòme 11, one of the most luxurious squares in Paris where there are also the most opulent boutiques such as Dior, Chanel or Cartier as well as the very expensive Hòtel Ritz.


Built in 1686 following the classic French urbanism and with a length of 124 meters, it was initially known as the Plaza de Luis el Grande or Plaza de las Conquistas. It is one of the most important green areas north of the Tuileries Garden and is octagonal in shape. It is an example of the characteristic elegance of 18th-century Paris and its buildings, built a posteriori, inhabited some famous people such as Chopen or César Ritz.

Its center, formerly occupied by a figure of Louis XIV, is reserved for the huge Vendome column with a low relief that mimics the Trajan Column of Rome.

The rue de Rivoli was marked on our route since we left this morning. Here, among other things, is the most famous cup chocolate in the Angelina (x1), the great lady of the tea rooms since 1903.

With fine porcelain you can savor tasty pasties in a decoration of the Nice de la belle époque. His enormous fame and subsequent tail is due to his cup chocolate accompanied by a jar of whipped cream and a jug of water.

And as a trip, especially in a city like Paris, you have to take advantage of the time (haha), while Isaac enters to take some pictures I admire the paintings of a girl in an improvised street stall. I love these pictures and it makes me crazy to see how people look so good! So whenever we can we bring as a souvenir a painting to frame (25 EUR). !Yes! You have succeeded! We do not have so many walls to hang all that we have brought along these years. Anyway…

So "silly" we reach our starting point ...

Louvre Museum, the most famous "pyramid" in Paris

He Louvre Museum 1this time it will be rather its glass pyramid because, as I said at the beginning, we will not enter. (NOTE: for a pregnant woman it is not the best visit that can be done and we have already been twice). You already have available all the tricks to skip the tail in

We will not talk about the Louvre in this article as there will be a review of our own. Only, as a brushstroke, tell you that few art galleries are as precious as this museum, the Parisian "pièce de résistance". It would take months to calmly see his 5000 works of art. Regardless of this, its surroundings are spectacular with what a walk or even a rest stop is a real privilege.

Almost as spectacular as the interior works is that 21-meter-high glass pyramid that "adorns" the main entrance of the Louvre with a crown of solar rays and glass under "its feet" where the Napoleon Hall is located, a public space Multilevel with temporary exhibition hall, bookstore, souvenir shop, cafeteria and auditoriums for projections. What am I going to tell you that you don't know now!

The morning is flying by and it is almost time for lunch but before we still have two things to visit or at least that deserve to be photographed: The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel (Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel) and the Garden du Palais Royal

As for the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, located in the gardens attached to the Louvre known as the Jardin du Carrousel, we can say that it was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte to celebrate his victories on the battlefield in 1805. Inspired by the Arch of Constantine in Rome is the counterpoint of the Arc de Triomphe (the one that really takes the leading role) and is part of the historical axis that ends with the statue of Louis XIV, next to the Louvre pyramid. From here we can see the Tuileries Garden, the Obelisk of the Place de la Concorde, the Champs Elysées or the Arc de Triomphe. On its "roof" we can see a statue of a soldier in the typical uniform of the Napoleonic Grand Army.

MORE THINGS TO DO IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD DISTRICT that we have not done on this trip:

Watch the sunset: From the second floor of the Museo d'Orsay you can see a wonderful sunset through the windows of this beautiful museum.
Enjoy live Jazz: At Le Baiser Salé or Sunset & Sunside

What else do we find in the surroundings? The second thing that we enumerated and that closes this morning of day 4 in Paris, is the walk through the beautiful Garden of the Palais Royal 12. Another more than perfect to sit and rest, listen to music, watch people go by as it combines nature and fountains with contemporary sculptures or contemplate the beautiful shops and galleries that surround it: the Galerie de Valois, the Galerie de Montpensier or the Galerie Beaujolais .

Although its name indicates otherwise it was never a real residence. Its construction was orchestrated by Cardinal Richelieu and at his death would pass to the hands of Louis XIII. They say that the French Revolution started in one of its cafés and they also say that it has a legend: if you throw a coin to one of its highest columns, a wish is fulfilled ... We have not tried it, we will sign it for the next occasion.

Located at the southern end of the Garden are the 260 black and white striped columns of the sculptor Daniel Buren that replaced the Orléans gallery and possibly the most emblematic. Here we also find the Palais Royal itself, today closed to the public, built in 1633 and inhabited at this time by Louis XIV (today it is a public body in Paris).

Have you already had an idea of ​​what you can see in Tuileries, one of the most famous neighborhoods in Paris? As always, if you can think of anything else you miss in the article, tell us about it and we will add it. Are we still with the rest of the day? The day goes "in crescendo" as Isaac would say and as I told you in my "book summary" ...

(Continue on DAY 4 (II): "Montmartre, the bohemian district of Paris and the Sacre Coeur ")