A Grey Afternoon Walk Through the Tuileries Garden

Grey afternoon walk through the Tuileries

Like clockwork, following our return from Normandy and the reopening of terrasses in Paris last Tuesday, the weather shifted. Pretty much the entire month of May was full-sun, not a cloud in the sky, summer weather. The past week brought grey skies, cooler temperatures, and bursts of rain. While it’s sad for the terrasses, I love this kind of weather and bundled up for an afternoon walk through the Tuileries Garden last Friday.

I know soon enough it’ll be full-time summer weather so I’m happy to have the chance to use my coats and sweaters again. Skies in Paris look good in any color, especially bright blue, but I’ve missed the grey. It’s just the perfect backdrop for Paris.

Jardin des Tuileries versus Jardin du Luxembourg

There’s always a debate amongst people who love Paris about Jardin du Luxembourg versus Jardin des Tuileries. I’ve always been Team Tuileries. Nothing against the Jardin du Luxembourg, it’s a wonderful place in Paris, but I’ve been more attached to the Tuileries since I studied abroad.

Tuileries Garden versus Luxembourg Garden in Paris

I could spend (and have) countless hours sitting and watching and observing. I love looking at the Musée du Louvre in the background and because the Tuileries is in the middle of Paris I find myself passing through often.

The seasonal changes seem extra evident in the Jardin des Tuileries. Fall, winter, spring and summer all have their special and distinct moments. Picking a favorite season is almost impossible, but fall and spring are frontrunners.

A Grey Afternoon Walk through Jardin des Tuileries

The bright purple, yellow, red, and orange flowers in the Tuileries Garden really popped against the neutral limestone facades and changing skies. On this particular Friday afternoon it was very windy. Within a five minute period the sky went from a normal shade of grey, to looking like it would storm, to light normally reserved for after a storm, and back to bits of blue peeking through.

Green chairs in the Jardin des Tuileries
Purple flowers in the Jardin des Tuileries
The Tuileries Garden wins the debate between Tuileries versus Luxembourg in Paris
Purple flowers with Parisian apartment buildings
Grey afternoon walk through the Jardin des Tuileries
Musée du Louvre

Paris is beautiful no matter what the weather, which is good, because the forecast changes rapidly here. But if you ever find the French capital feeling a little too grey, the Jardin des Tuileries is always a good bet to add a little color.

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  1. Beautiful pictures! I’ve tried searching but I cannot find the name of trees that line the gravel path in the garden – do you happen any information? I visited a few summers ago and they were lovely. Thank you!

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