Tuileries Garden, Musee du Louvre
Day 4. November 16th, 2019.
Tuileries Garden and Musee du Louvre, Paris.
The fourth-day itinerary was a mess! 🤯
It was because I’ve spent too much time walking around Champs-Elysees for no reason. 🙈
The Avenue des Champs-Élysées needs no introduction. A fixture on the list of the French capital’s top attractions, it is visited each day by nearly 300,000 people, who come to admire its majestic monuments, enjoy a shopping spree, or get caught up in the excitement of the major festive events that are organized here. There’s always something going on here, along the world’s most beautiful avenue, by day or by night.
[Source: Official website of the Convention and Visitors Bureau]
Did you get what I meant?
Champs-Elysees is haunted. You’ll tend to lose yourself here.
(And, your money, of course. Haha!)
To make it worst, I forgot to take photos of the place. Therefore, I don’t have any photos to share here. 🤣
I missed out the opportunity to take photos at their Instagrammable scenic spot too. Sigh~
Oh, I forgot!
Another thing was because they closed most of the train stations. I had to get down at Place d Italie train station and walked towards Champs-Elysees street for about an hour!
Yeah, I was wondering the same thing too.
“Why did they closed the train stations and the main roads?”
Well, there will be a RIOT later that evening. 🤷🏻♀️
(I’ve heard about it from one of the Sales Assistant that works for one of the boutiques that I’ve visited.)
However, that didn’t stop me at all. LOL!
I went on walking and shopping and eating, and forgot to look at the time. 😅
By the way, the riot was all over the news.
You may read about it here -> BBC News – Yellow vest protests: More than 100 arrested as violence returns to Paris
So, the actual itinerary started from here.
(At 4:00 pm in the afternoon. 🙄)
It is to be pronounced as Jhar-den de Twee-le-ri or the Tuileries Garden!
(I’ve Googled the pronounciation earlier. Hehe.)
OH MY GOD!
The garden was so damn beautiful!
It was picturesque! 😍
I was falling in love with Paris all of a sudden.
Before I got here, it was neutral. Paris has never been on my Wish List. I had never imagined myself to be here.
Now, Paris is a place that I would cherish. 😆
Why is this garden considered as one of the best historical sites in the world?
The garden was created in the 16th century by Catherine de Médicis, widow of King Henri II, and was designed to be admired from the Palais des Tuileries that she was also having built. Initially serving as a royal garden in the 17th century, it became one of the first Parisian gardens open to the public. Several great landscape gardeners have worked on the garden: among them, André Le Nôtre, who redesigned it from 1664; and, in recent years, Pascal Cribier and Louis Benech, who developed the site in relation to the “Grand Louvre” project in the 1990s.
Oh, I know now.
This garden was once the residence for the Royals. No wonder it looks so exclusive. So in love! 🥰
Moving on to the extraordinary “glass pyramid”.
The Louvre Museum. 😎
How do we pronounce it?
It is Luuver (according to French) or Luuv (according to American).
(That was good, right? I Googled the actual pronounciation on the internet. 😆)
At least, it sounded better than my previous pronounciation – Luuvray.
This world’s largest museum of impressive art collections is located next to the garden. You can see the pyramid while walking around the wonderful Tuileries Garden.
What do I think of the museum?
The design was amazing! It was surrounded by magnificent historical buildings, that’s probably the Royal Palace.
Yup! I am still in love with Paris. 😍
History of the Louvre.
The Louvre was originally built as a fortress in 1190, but was reconstructed in the 16th century to serve as a royal palace. Like many buildings, it was built and rebuilt over the years. In 1682, Louis XIV moved the royal residence to Versailles, and the Louvre became home to various art academies, offering regular exhibitions of its members’ works. During the French Revolution, Louis XVI and his wife, Marie Antoinette, were forcibly removed from Versailles and imprisoned in Tuilleries Palace, which was then adjacent to the Louvre.
[Source: The Louvre Museum: Facts, Paintings & Tickets]
The original plan was to enter this museum and spend about 3 hours mesmerizing their paintings and sculpture masterpieces.
However, there were too many people queueing outside of the museum and… the museum was about to close. 😑
So, I’ve changed my mind from entering the museum and took as many photos as I can.
(Photos of the pyramid and its surroundings, of course. )
Plus, I don’t think I have enough time to see the Mona Lisa painting before their closing time, which is at 6:00 pm.
Have I mentioned that I am falling in love with Paris? 🥰