Tuileries garden is a very popular place to take a walk in Paris.
It has beautiful pools with fountains, chairs to sit in the sun and mythological stone figures to look upon us.
You can also find romantic places aside.
Play grounds and antique merry-go-rounds for the kids.
And for ages, generations of children slowly ride ponies.
The place also provides several restaurants where you can have a drink or lunch in or outdoors depending temperature and hour. They presently serve a lot of hot onion soup to warm you up.
On one end, Tuileries garden leads to the Louvre.
On on the other side, it overlooks place de la Concorde.
No wonder it inspires artists, for along Rivoli street stands the Jeu de Paume gallery – the “paume” game was a kind of tennis ancestor played indoors, and very popular in the eighteenth century. Nowadays, it is a photo and modern art museum, presently showing Steichen‘s photographic work and Ultralab installation.
Along the Seine bank stands a perfect twin building, The Orangerie gallery, first used to store the garden’s orange trees in winter.
The Orangerie shows no temporary exhibition just now but its permanent collection of impressionist and post-impressionist painting is outstanding. Cézanne, Renoir, Matisse, Modigliani, Derain, Marie Laurencin, Soutine, Utrillo, Picasso…. All works of each artist owned by the gallery are presented close to one another, and it’s quite interesting. The Orangerie has been closed from 1999 up to May 2006 and completely renovated. Monet’s “Nympheas” used to be in the basement and are now in the upper floor, and lighted by day light, as Monet wished, and this eight paintings showed in this oval room, lighted by the sky are always a fascinating sight.
Musée de l’Orangerie, Jardin des Tuileries, Métro Concorde, tel 33(0)1 44 77 80 07, open everyday except Tuesday 12.30 up to 19, Friday up to 21. Entrance 4,50 euros. For a virtual visit and more information, go to : http://www.musee-orangerie.fr/
Jeu de Paume programs and information on : http://www.jeudepaume.org/
More about Tuileries garden on : http://www.louvre.fr/llv/musee/jardins_tuileries.jsp