We had an opportunity to visit Paris (for only 2 days) back in 2000. With a 2 1/2 year old boy in tow on that trip, finding places for him to run and burn off energy was of the utmost importance. Luckily, this garden existed just steps from the Hotel du Louvre where we were staying.

The Palis Royal is just that, a royal palace from France’s royal past. Now it is a lovely enclosed garden where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the surrounding city and feel a bit “royal” yourself. There are long allee of square cut trees, fountains and many places to sit. One end of the garden is a modernistic take with cement columns and steel grating over illuminated water falls. Something for everyone!

You can see some pictures (this trip was before we had a digital camera) and read more about the Palais Royal in this post from A Gardener’ Notebook, How you gonna keep ’em down on the farm…? from June 25, 2000.

Palais royal

One of my film photos of the Palais Royal from our trip in 2000. Sculpture by Botero.

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The Palais Royal is a short walk (less than 1 block) from the Louvre and worth a visit whenever you are in The City of Light.