Paris is not only artistic at every corner; sometimes you may accidentally enter a garden or park and suddenly realize that you’re surrounded by its beautiful nature.
Paris is not only decorated by its renowned landmarks, but also adorned by hundreds of beautiful gardens, parks and promenades that are finely blended into its city landscape.
Are Parisian gardens any different? Yes, they are agreeable while lively.
Entering the Fairyland
I walked in the Tuileries Garden unexpectedly when I was strolling along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées passing the Place de la Concorde. I was immediately immersed in the ambiance. It’s the most agreeable garden I have come across. Actually the word “agreeable” alone isn’t sufficient to reflect my feelings when I was entering that fairyland.
The Aerial View
The Tuileries Garden is one of those French formal gardens, also called the jardin à la française (literally, “garden in the French manner” in French), based on symmetry and the principle of imposing order on nature.
The garden is divided into squares of trees by perpendicular alleys.
A central axis facing east–west passes through the garden, with a circular basin at its east end, and an octagonal basin at its west end.
The Golden Gate
When you walk in the Tuileries Garden from the Place de la Concorde, a golden gate greets you with its open arms. If it’s autumn, the trees will join the greeting with their golden leaves.
The Most Agreeable Sight
When you walk further, that’s when you will be smitten by the harmonious atmosphere. Tourists and Parisians are relaxing in the green armchairs around a basin.
The sight turns the most gorgeous when the sun starts to set, casting warm golden colored light over the garden and throwing long shadows over the sand-covered ground.
I suppose when artists were designing the garden, they imagined what it would look like; however, I’m sure that they couldn’t possibly imagine the relaxing atmosphere their garden would have centuries later.
Art and nature can make you feel relaxed; however, without people to breathe life into the art’s form it would be dull.
The Magic World of Green
You may underestimate the charm of a green armchair, but when it rains, and when the green leaves of the trees are reflected in the puddle, you will marvel at its magic. The Parisian armchair is blended into a world of green and becomes a part of this green symphony.
An Autumn Memory to Remember
Autumn is unarguably the most romantic season. In the Tuileries Garden, the autumn leaves fall on the ground covered with the cream colored sand. French trees are planted in straight lines and carefully trimmed, revealing a V-shaped outline of the sky.
Strolling along the alleys on the soft sand, stepping on the fallen leaves, and listening to the rustle is dreamy and also a memory to remember.
You will be reluctant to walk out of this paradise once you’re in it. Why not take your time and stroll along the alleys? When you want to have a rest and miss that agreeable basin, you will still have another one at the east end before you leave.