France: Paris: What to See & Do: Gardens & Parks: Jardin des Tuileries
Jardin des Tuileries
Laid out in the 17th century by André Le Nôtre, the Tuileries garden, on the right bank of the Seine, is flanked by the Place de la Concorde to the west and the Musée du Louvre to the east. It may not officially have the child-friendly reputation of the Left Bank’s Jardin du Luxembourg (blame it on Adam Gopnik, who wrote about the latter so memorably in From Paris to the Moon), but the Tuileries offer tons of activities for kids. There are pony rides, a trampoline and the annual Fête des Tuileries (usually mid-June through mid-August), a fair with lots of rides, including La Grande Roue ferris wheel.
Art lovers should not miss two museums housed in the Tuileries: the Galerie du Jeu de Paume (www.jeudepaume.org), which shows rotating exhibits of mostly modern and contemporary art, and the Musée de l’Orangerie (www.musee-orangerie.fr), where Monet’s water lily cycle, Les Nymphéas, is on display.— Simone Girner 09/09/2008