Strolling in the former palace gardens of the Tuileries, which stretch from the Place de la Concorde to the Louvre Museum, takes you to the Louvre-Palais Royal neighbourhood. You will find the famous Louvre pyramid there, designed by architect Ieoh Ming Pei, and the Louvre Museum, former residence of French kings and emperors for eight centuries. Today the museum is one of the largest in the world with over 460,000 works of art from ancient civilisations to European medieval art.
Not far away is the Palais Royal where the royal family would sometimes reside before Versailles was built. The Palais Royal Gardens, created by Cardinal Richelieu in 1633 and redesigned by Andre Le Nôtre in 1674, are a real haven of peace and quiet with their large ponds, statues, beds of broderie (similar to knot gardens) and two avenues of elm trees. There are also works of art in the gardens: Daniel Buren’s 260 striped grey and white columns and Paul Bury’s polished steel balls.
Also worth exploring: the Carrousel du Louvre, the shopping gallery at the entrance to the Louvre Museum and where the 14th century remains of the old walls from Charles V’s era were discovered; the Cafe Marly, located in the colonnades around the Napoleon courtyard; the equestrian statue of Joan of Arc in Place des Pyramides; the Pont des Arts, the famous lovers’ bridge in Paris; the Museum of Decorative Arts which covers several museums for design and lifestyle arts.