INTRODUCTION TO THE ARTS?
The Jardin des Tuileries is the most central garden and definitely the most cultural, with the Louvre on one side and the Musée de l’Orangerie on the other (home to Monet’s famous painting, Water Lilies).
The garden itself offers a wonderful collection of statues: Maillol, Coustou, Rodin, Coysevox, Carpeaux, Max Ernst, Laurens, Giacometti
If Rodin is your man, go to the stunning garden of the Rodin Museum, near Invalides. If you do not visit the museum, the entrance fee is only €1 per person. The gardens of the Hotel Biron feature some of the sculptor’s most famous bronze statues, as well as a lovely rose garden. There is a café hidden under the trees, whose terrace is perfect for a light lunch or just a drink – you’ll feel immediately that you’ve been transported out of the city into the peaceful countryside. Another great experience is to see the garden by night. Since the beginning of this month, it is open until 20:45 on Wednesdays.
SO CHIC AND SO PARISIAN?
Two jewels of Paris’s garden crown are the Jardin du Palais Royal and the Jardin du Luxembourg.
The first is hidden near the Louvre among the columns of the Palais Royal. The fountain provides a great opportunity for the parents to relax as the kids are running about and playing.
The Jardin du Luxembourg is definitely worth a visit as it has to be one of the most wonderful gardens in Paris. The amazing view of the Senate, the classical garden, the traditional green seats will really get the parents going, and the wooden boats on the pond will provide loads of fun for the young ones.