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November 23, 2021

Jardin des Tuileries!!!

And I am coming back to my eternal Paris, never too far away mentally and physically. And of course, to tell you a bit more anecdotes of the wonderful Jardin des Tuileries!!! It has many memorable moments in my life visiting it and working across from it and visiting again. Hope you enjoy this latests post on it as I do!

The Jardin des Tuileries is located in the 1éme arrondissement of Paris, and was created in the 16C. It is the oldest and largest garden in Paris with 28 hectares, It is, in fact, at the crossroads of the Louvre Palace/Museum, the Place de la Concorde, the Seine river, and the rue de Rivoli. Right along the Terrasse des Feuillants exit onto rue de Rivoli and into the rue de Castiglione you have a nice carrousel , nearby a Children’s playground and before your eyes lit up seeing the wonderful Obelisk of the Place Vendôme, Just magical!!! The jardin des Tuileries memories forever and glad to have worked next to it for about 2 yrs and visited zillions of times, my by far favorite garden/park in Paris, Other than walking into it you can reach it by taking the Métro on line 1 Tuileries station, or lines 1 ,8, and 12 Concorde, Also, most convenient bus lines 42, 69,and 72. The above was the entrance to the garden I took to go in just to relax at lunch, walk, sights and sound awesome!


In the 13C, this area of ​​the city included fields of squash, or cucurbits according to their scientific name, as well as tile factories. Queen Catherine de Medici was behind the construction of the Palais des Tuileries (Tuileries Palace) (see post) in 1564. Many rulers lived there. This palace no longer exists today. It was destroyed during the Paris Commune 1871. However, the garden still exist !!! In this garden, there is also a fountain, a menagerie, as well as a cave dating from the Middle Ages and decorated by Bernard Palissy, a famous ceramist. About fifty years later, the orangery and silkworm farm, a building in which silkworms are raised, will emerge. The orangery houses citrus fruits in winter, which cannot stand frost. However, the garden was rehabilitated during the reign of King Louis XIV. The latter, as well as his Prime Minister, Jean-Baptiste Colbert, ordered that it be completely redesigned by André Le Nôtre, the famous gardener of the king who was at the origin of the development of the gardens of Versailles and Vaux-Le- Vicomte palaces(see posts). By entering this garden, you are a historical witness of the redevelopment carried out by André Le Nôtre, who made it into a French garden. Le Nôtre carefully studied painting and optical effects to redesign the Grand Carré, which is remarkable for its play on perspective. He corrected the distortion due to the distance by shifting towards the East the small round basins of the reserved gardens, located to the left and to the right of the round basin (on the Place du Carrousel side), which seems much larger than the Octagonal Basin while it is twice as small! The Tuileries Garden has a multitude of entrances. Entering from the Place de la Concorde side, you can see on your left the Terrasse des Feuillants, the Jeu de Paume museum, built in the 19C, On your right, La Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau, symmetrically, is located the Musée de l’Orangerie. Today, it no longer hosts citrus fruits, but the famous Water Lilies by Claude Monet !

From the rehab of the 1990’s about 125,000 plants are placed each year by the estate’s gardeners, the irrigation water being channeled from the Ourcq canal (whose river has its source in the Aisne, 80 km from Paris), thanks to a high pressure pump and computerized management. Yes techno keeps the beautiful old running smoothly for all of us, I thanks the gardeners of Paris !!!  In the center of the Jardin des Tuileries, stands the octagonal Basin, near which chairs have been placed so that you can rest, read, chat, and even sunbathe! You can also daydream and stroll on the Terrasse du Bord de l’Eau or Waterfront Terrace which overlooks the elegant Orangerie building and borders the Seine river ! The central alley, as well as the narrower paths perpendicular to it, are lined with elm trees and lime trees. Many sculptures are scattered around the park. At the entrance near Place de la Concorde, you can admire statues from Greek mythology. This garden also hosts statues of Rodin, the most famous of which is the thinker, statutes of Giacometti, known for his characters with slender limbs, but also works by Jean Dubuffet, Henri Moore, Max Ernst ,etc etc.

paris jardin des tuileries side rivoli nov19

Of the many beautiful ones, I like to single out my all time favorites in sublime gorgeous Jardin des Tuileries of my eternal Paris. The ones I comtemplated the most while using my time from work or family visits. These are :

The statue “La Fame mounted on Pegasus“, the work of Antoine Coysevox , is located at the entrance to the Jardin des Tuileries, on the Place de la Concorde side, to the right as you enter, where it dominates the main gate.

Statue of Diane a la Biche. It can be found in allée de Diane near the entrance on rue de Rivoli. It is the work of Guillaume 1er Coustou.

Statue of Apollo. This bronze statue is the work of Paul Belmondo. The father of Jean-Paul Belmondo cinema actor recently passed away,RIP

Statue “Cassandre putting into the protection of Pallas”. This statue, located around the small basin, near the Carrousel garden, is the work of Aimé Millet, and dates from 1875. It was exhibited at the Salon of 1877, at the Universal Exhibition of 1878 and at the Luxembourg Museum, before being installed in the Tuileries garden.

Statue “The Centaure Nessus removing Dejanire”.  This statue, located around the small basin, is in marble and was sculpted in 1892 and placed in the Tuileries in 1894.

The Sphinge des Tuileries. A sphinx has the body of a lion and the bust of a woman. A very fine copy is on a pillar of a small entrance to the Jardin des Tuileries overlooking avenue du Général Lemonnier, at the corner of the Quai des Tuileries.
Statue of « EVE », The statue of Eve was made in 1881 by Auguste Rodin.

The statue « Le Baiser » or the Kiss by Auguste Rodin is on the right side of the Tuileries garden, opposite the Orangerie. Before creating the marble version, Rodin produced several smaller sculptures in plaster, terracotta and bronze.

Statue “RETURN FROM HUNTING” . The statue is located in the Tuileries garden near rue de Rivoli and avenue Lemonnier.

As part of the statues representing rivers, the Concorde entrance to the Jardin des Tuileries allows you to admire four sets dedicated to the Nile and the Tiber and for the French rivers to the Seine and the Marne on the one hand and to the Loire and Loiret on the other hand. 

The Paris tourist office on the Jardin des Tuileries

The city of Paris on the Jardin des Tuileries

There you go folks another dandy post by yours truly on the most beautiful garden in Paris, me think. The Jardin des Tuileries showing history, architecture and gardening desings beauties all in one and central to the best of my Paris. Hope you enjoy the post and see you soon around Paris, the most beautiful city in the world, and most visited by UN-WTO standards.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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November 23, 2021

Snow days in Paris-Versailles!!!

And now that we are heading into winter again, I saw a couple pictures inspired me to write this new post. Weather is something we keep an eye for it all the time as we like to be on the road a lot. Not to many are aware it snow in France and not just the mountains so therefore ,here is my take on snow days in Paris-Versailles!!! Hope you enjoy it as I.

The cold snow days are coming and are you prepare ? Yes it snow in France too and not just the mountains, For info, in my new neck of the woods Bretagne have not seen snow per se in 10 years living here, just flakes a couple years, Let me tell you about snow in my old stumping grounds, the Paris -Versailles area.

First, some historical facts, Snowfall is 12 days per year on average; the snow rarely lasts more than a day in inner Paris. Since the start of the surveys at Parc Montsouris, the driest year was 1921 with 271.4 millimeters and the wettest year 2000 with more than 900.8 millimeters. meteorologists establish the possible scenario of the winter of 2021-2022, which would unfold under the influence of La Niña. … For the time being, it is above all in December that they detect a “slight cold anomaly”. Result, there could be snow at low altitude….

Paris by Concorde to Eiffel snow day Dec10

Some historical facts from the winters of 2009-2010, The snow made its return this Wednesday, February 10 in the morning. It came to brighten up Paris on January 16, and it was indeed back on Wednesday with beautiful sunny weather to the delight of walkers and photographers. Météo France had forecast accumulations of 2 to 7 centimeters of snow. A bit of trivia ; the meteorological winter takes place from December 1 to March 1, unlike the calendar winter which is from December 22 to March 20. Therefore cold weather and snow can happened before we say Winter is here !

Paris by Concorde to Eiffel snow day people Dec10

The temperature in Paris in January is incredibly cold with temperatures between 2 ° C and 6 ° C degrees (about 36F to 43F) ! It is recommended to dress warmly and to remember to bring your mittens! during the month of January in Paris. You can expect an average of 15-22 rainy days, so be sure to bring a waterproof jacket to stay dry this month. The temperature in Paris in February is incredibly cold with temperatures between 2 ° C and 8 ° C degrees (about 36F to 46F), as well.  According to the European model(future estimates), for France, the month of December would see temperatures that are generally seasonal or even fairly cool over the country with negative anomalies rather present between the East and the North-East of the country. This would suggest rapidly winter conditions over the country with a fairly early onset of cold, especially near the eastern borders but a feeling rather seasonal in the rest of the country. If temperatures should globally be within standards over most of the country, this time it would be the eastern and northeastern regions which could even have temperatures a little milder than average.

And the future trend base on past episodes tell us that, climate change was talked about way before and still the talk of the town ! Unsurprisingly, there is an average upward trend. The 2019/2020 winter was the hottest on record! It broke a record of temperate climate, with an average temperature of 7.9 ° C, (46F) or 2.6 ° C above the 1981-2010 normal. The three other mildest winters are 1977, 2007 and 2016 with 7.7 ° C (46F). Among the most notable cold winters, the winter of 1963 holds the lowest value for a century with a negative average temperature of -0.1 ° C , The elderly will also certainly remember these three consecutive harsh winters between 1940 and 1942 during the occupation. In 1954, you could even cross the Canal Saint-Martin on foot! The three most severe cold spells occurred in February 1956, January-February 1963 and January 1985. Those of 1956 and 1963 were also the longest ( 21 days). That of 1985 saw the lowest average daily temperature (the maximum did not exceed -10.0 ° C (14F) at Parc Montsouris Paris on January 16 1985. Among recent winters, 2010 is notable, with 21 days of snowfall. The 20-day threshold has been reached only 10 times in a century, and had not been since the winter of 1979.

I was so busy driving in snow picking my boys from a bus stop by Europe in Versailles that cannot find pictures ; this was a worry moment, Let me tell you now, My boys went to high school in Le Chesnay(today le Chesnayy-Rocquencourt) and use the bus network phebus of Versailles as towns are next to each other with just a street separating them, The episodes of snow of below came on December 2010 and Versailles was completely cut off by order of the mayor, as too much snow in town, and all block. Obviously the buses stop too and the kids were forgotten to tend for themselves (nice planning). I took my car with my dear wife and went to get them, but was stop by gendarmes or military police as no one was allow into Versailles !! My call for getting my kids stuck was to no ear as only talk to the mayor we have orders not to let anyone in town !!! Well, this road warrior you dont tell that when my boys are stuck in cold heavy snow bus stop in the middle of Versailles !! I took some dirt grass road near the palace and got me into the city drove to the Europe bus stop got my boys and came out smiling, there you don’t mess with the road warrior!!lol ! An amazing stressful day to say the least that happily ended well for us but a mess for everybody else as the news keep coming back of closures, and cars left on the road and people going to shelters !! France is not ready for a heavy snow storm as my old NJ was ! This is a picture across from my home

LM home snow front garden jan11

Therefore, Météo France has placed the Yvelines (dept 78) on snow / ice orange vigilance, like around thirty other departments in the northern part of France as well. In a context of low temperature today (between -4 and -1 ° C),or 25F to 30F, On Wednesday December 8, 2010 will remain as the day of all the mess due to transports in Ile-de-France region. Access to Versailles was completely impossible (read above). In this town, the palace closes its doors. About fifty towns in Yvelines are preparing to open accommodation centers, especially in gymnasiums, to shelter people stranded on the roads. The Ile-de-France CRICR identifies 425 km of traffic jams in Ile-de-France, a new historical record. The previous one dated October 21, 2008 with 377 km of traffic jams. At 20h (8pm), we had descended to 381 km. In the Yvelines, local Versaillais who saw their trains stop at Saint-Cloud train station due to heavy snowfall returned home on foot !, about 10 km away !!! Thousands of motorists are preparing to spend the night on the road. Many axes are blocked, totally or partially on the A86, N118, A4, N4, A12, A13, A1, etc,

Many other axes remain “impassable”, the A13 between Porcheville (Yvelines) and Paris, the A3, the A12, the A6, the A4, the A10 between Marcoussis (Essonne) and Wissous (Yvelines), the A4, the A86 and the N12 in Val-de-Marne, the A104 near Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport … The Palace of Versailles has closed its access to the public “by precautionary measure “, in particular to prevent any risk of visitors falling into the park, as well as to allow estate personnel to return home. The entire road network of the Yvelines department 78 was saturated, preventing the desalting machines from clearing the roads, according to the prefecture. It advises to “avoid any displacement” and has set up a crisis unit.I took care of that as per above !

The Sytadin system of traffic monitoring in the Ïle de France region,a must to read before leaving home:

The Infotrafic system for roads in France I use and good to use:

The Méteo France weather service

The Méteo Bretagne, been a unique region we have our own weather… :

The France Ouest newspaper weather service I keep an eye on for more local focus:

There you go folks, cold is coming and even already here with 5C this morning in my neck of the woods, and who knows for the snow wait and see. In the meantime, if visiting come prepare for a homey winter holidays. And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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