Paris is filled with massively popular sight seeing attractions- the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, the Louvre … the list goes on and one. One of the not so well known sights is the Palais Royale located in Paris’ 1st Arrondissement. The Palais Royale originally was named Palais- Cardinal, being built for Cardinal Richelieu in 1639 after over ten years of constructions. After the Cardinal’s death, the palace was taken by the king and re-named Palais Royal. This palace was known for over the top soirees and lux get togethers and housed the royal families until the palace of Versailles was built.
From my understanding- Palais Royale is no longer open to the public, however the outside gardens are free for all to enjoy. After a long day of exploring Paris, my Mother and I stumbled upon the Garden (garden) du Palais Royal and took a rest. The weather was perfect, the flowering trees in bloom and the sound of the fountains calming. Parisians were sitting on various benches reading (the French do LOVE their books) and its seemed like a hidden gem for locals to get away from tourists and enjoy some alone time.
Just off the Garden du Palais Royal is a plethora of modern sculpture displays and architecture. One of the most famous being the Colonnes de Buren which were created by artist Daniel Duren. This futuristic art display includes 260 black and white columns at various heights. Feel like a kid again and hop onto one and strike a pose!
I hope you enjoy some photos of my Mom and I playing around outside Paris’ Palais Royal!
Looking for more on our trip to France? Check out our hotel here, our tour of the Louvre with Walks of France – here, some Post Cards from Paris- here and the beautiful Cathedral in Reims- here, some fine dining at Le Foch in Reims- here, a Visit to Paris’ Arc de Triomphe- here, recap of Climbing the Towers of Notre Dame, Paris’ Love Lock Bridge- here, The beautiful stained glass of Sainte Chapelle – here , Champagne Pommery with Tastyside to Life Tours- here, Montmartre’s Sacre Coeur- here, Paris and the Eiffel Tower at Night- here, Part 2 of my Tasty Side to Life tour at Champagne Bernard Pertois- here, the Pantheon in the Latin Quarter of Paris (here) the Enchanting French Chateau Fontainbleau- here, and the Hamlet of Marie Antoinette- here.