Visiting Les Jardins de Tuileries in Spring with TSLL
Saturday August 20, 2022

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Situated at the heart of Paris, nestled along the Seine in the 1st arrondissement is Les Jardins de Tuileries, where once the seat of power of France called home. The Palais de Tuileries was built during the Renaissance in the 16th century, meant to be the modern palace situated next to what was already present, the Palais de Louvre and Palais de la Cité.

The idea for the Palais de Tuileries came from Catherine de Medici, an Italian noblewoman who set to construct the project after the death of her husband King Henry II in 1559. Created in 1564 the Italian style garden spans the distance between the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde.

Designed by garden designer André Le Nôtre (1613–1700) who is most well-known for his creation and symmetry at the chateaux gardens of Versailles, the gardens were originally created solely for French royals, but starting in 1667 it became what it is today a public park, and the first of its kind in Paris.

During the summer of 2014, one year before I would move to Bend, my mother and I ventured to Portland where a limited-time exhibit was open at Portland’s Art Museum, The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden. Displayed throughout the garden are wonderful sculptures created by Coysevox and Bosio who were just a few of the artists to create monumental pieces of art that we were fortunate to see as it was the first time these pieces of art had been brought to the states. As well, many artists have captured the Tuileries in their paintings, such as Pissarro, Édouard Manet, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and many of these pieces were displayed in the exhibit as well.

Les Jardins de Tuileries gives us breath in a city that takes our breath away as we wonder in awe from museum to café, boutique to boulangerie and patisserie and so many other dream-come-true-to-see-with-our-own-eyes sites, and so when my mother and I stepped into the garden, the first destination we visited in Paris upon arriving the evening before on the 13th of April was the Tuileries garden. For the first time I was experiencing spring in Paris, or April in Paris as Ella Fitzgerald sings, and it was all abloom with cherry trees in their brilliant pink splendor, daffodils and tulips sharing their beauty, and the blue sky that had not been seen for quite some time in the City of Light as it had snowed, yes, snowed, only the week before.

I will admit, as I was so grateful to be back in Paris after nearly three years, and a wee bit jet lagged, I wasn’t processing all that I learned from visiting the exhibit in 2014, but upon reflection, it was just perfect for our first sight to visit together in Paris to be the Tuileries as we thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit eight years prior.

We set about wandering on our own and would meet up from time to time, and all the while, even with more people sprinkled throughout the garden than I have ever seen before, even compared to the summer season which is the season that I have visited many times before, it was a wonderful visit, and the perfect way to begin to become reacquainted with a city and a country I dearly missed knowing I couldn’t hop on a plane if I wanted to during the past three years.

I would like to share with you both photos captured during our visit as well as a four-minute video to sweep you away to Paris and take you to les Jardins de Tuileries in what is our last post of TSLL’s 7th Annual French Week. I do hope you enjoy, and thank you so very much for all of your time shared to visit this week’s celebratory event to savor all things French with fellow Francophiles. Be sure to stop by tomorrow to see if you are one of the nine lucky winners of the giveaways (click here to ensure you have signed up for all five, the sixth was a giveaway sent to newsletter subscribers yesterday), and if you would like to enter the giveaways, but have not become a TOP Tier Member, visit this page to learn all about the benefits of doing so.

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13 thoughts on “Visiting Les Jardins de Tuileries in Spring with TSLL

  1. Good morning. I feel like I’ve been transported back in time. I actually have a picture of those cherry blossoms near that statue hanging in my dining room. Every time I walk by it it reminds me of the wonderful trip to Paris in April 7 years ago. The videos are amazing and thank you for this beautiful gift of time to savor this morning with my cuppa. I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire French week. Thank you so much.

    1. It has genuinely been my pleasure as it as also taken me back to my trip and helped me savor it all the more. Wishing you a lovely Saturday and grateful you chose to begin the day by visiting TSLL and this tour. 😌

  2. I thoroughly enjoyed your video. My visit did not coincide with the blooming of those magnificent trees. It was nice to see them in their full glory. What a gift!

  3. Lovely video Shannon . It’s beautiful at any time but Spring and autumn are my favourite seasons to visit It was under water on Monday so the plants got a much needed drink. Those iconic Fermob chairs are just beautiful.xx

    1. Thank you for sharing your comment Kameela. So glad to hear it received a good drink! ☺️ I look forward to seeing in autumn sometime on future trips. That would be quite special.

  4. Shannon, what a beautiful way to wrap up French Week, the video is lovely– the flowers , the Fermob chairs, the absolutely stunning cherry trees..
    This week has been such fun! You absolutely outdid yourself this year. 🥂 Merçi beaucoups!

  5. Your video of Les Jardins de Tuileries was just what I needed to end my day and this week.

    Shannon, thank you for another wonderful French week that has left me smiling every day, and ever so eager to return to France.

    1. Julia,

      So happy to be able to share a video with you to help bring a lovely end to your day. Thank you for stopping by this week and for this comment in particular. Have a wonderful weekend. 😌

  6. This French week has given me much inspiration for my own future visit to Paris, and many posts have been saved for future reference. Thank you!

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