Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Paris: Tuileries

the aesthetic of Parisienne architecture 

One of the places that we returned to a few times in Paris was the Tuileries gardens. It is in the centre of beautiful buildings such as Louvre, Musee d'Orsay, Musee d'Orangerie, Place du concorde to name a few. It is lovely to escape the metro and walk around in the bright blue skies.

So for my next set of tips... 

the Roue de Paris and the Place du Concorde in the background

one of the bridges hosts padlocks which can be bought to name your loved ones 

outside le musee d'Orsay

4. What museums to see? 
If like me you enjoy visiting art galleries and museums then Paris is the place for you. It is home to so many museums and galleries that it can be difficult to fit them all in. Not only are there a lot but they have vast displays for you to see. A definite must for me were the musee d'Orsay and the musee d'Orangerie both of which are included on the paris pass. 

The Orsay is a beautiful building which used to be a train station, the grand arches now house a stunning collection of sculpture. Unfortunately photography is not allowed inside the museum so I couldn't capture the beautiful setting. There are many rooms to explore in this museum, from paintings to photography spreading over 5 floors. 

The Orangerie is a smaller museum, home to a small collection of paintings. Its true treasure are the two elliptical rooms which display Monet's famous waterlilies. There are 8 in total and they are breathtaking, each brush stroke blurring to create a peaceful scene. 

inside le musee d'Orangerie

gown detail from le musee d'artes decoratives 

4. continued...
Another must for me was the musee de mode et textile, where there is a beautiful display of gowns in great condition. It is quite dark so photo's are difficult to acquire but it is easy to stop and sketch some of the details. The one above was a particular favourite of mine as well as a black gown embellished with copper gilded embroidery.

5. Be aware of...
In busy areas like the Tuileries you may be badgered with a lot of people claiming to get you to sign a petition, be warned they expect a heavy donation too! Also, if someone pretends to pick up a lost item of jewellery, they are probably trying to sell it to you. 

6. If you get the chance
Then grab a chair and enjoy the sunset by the fountains in the Tuileries, unfortunately for us there were no free chairs to be seen. But those that did manage to get some seemed to enjoy the atmosphere 

this little girl sums up the Parisienne style, elegantly walking in the Tuileries

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