Tuileries Gardens outside the Louvre

February 21, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Posted in architecture, french, gardening | Leave a comment
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“Sitting in a park in Paris, France…”

Joni Mitchell’s song from 1971 “California” resonated with me a lot while in Paris. The city is so beautiful, incredibly romantic, and seeping with history, but at times it was hard to be totally elated because communication was not the easiest thing. We did our best with the French language CDs as we’d heard it is best to at least try to speak French; but there is only so much one can actually learn, remember and comprehend in a short period of time. At the very beginning, I tended to turn into Shy Ronnie, uncomfortable with a stupid grin on my face. I definintly needed more time to be there and immerse myself with the people, language, and customs. But we got along as best we could by greeting people “Bonjour!” and then generally would point to what I was hoping for and say “s’il vous plait” and then “merci!”

The Tuileries Gardens are directly across the street (pictured in the photo above) from the Louvre. It’s a lovely walk with an almost maze-like garden with marble sculptures interspersed and a large fountain on one end. I never made it to the other side of the garden which is quite a long walk, especially for a cold day to see the Carrousel that was off in the distance. I’m sure the garden is much more colorful in the spring. Even so, it was fun to watch the local children run about in the field.

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