I have now been living in Paris for nearly two weeks!! Where did time go? So many months of anticipation and planning and we are finally here!
Before I begin my course at Istituto Marangoni on October 12, I've been splitting my time between organising my new apartment and exploring my beautiful new city. I have come to Paris many times in my life before moving here, I however feel like I barely even know the city with all that it has to offer.
Today I'll be taking you with me to Palais Royal, one of Paris' most beautiful and iconic locations along with many interesting facts about it!
The most common site that you'll often see photographed here are Les Deux Plateaux also known as Colonnes de Buren. Incorporated in 1986, the design consists of these black and white striped columns in different heights and sizes, displayed across one of the palace's courtyards, which used to be an ugly parking and storage spot.
The contemporary design certainly contrast the baroque style architecture of the buildings, which has certainly become a vastly occurring staple in Paris, like the glass pyramid outside the Louvre.
It is said that if you place a coin at the top of the tallest column, you are guaranteed a return to Paris.
Palais Royal was built in the 1600s and was the official residence of the French Royal Family for many years.
During the French Revolution, Palais Royal was temporarily renamed Palais de l'Égalité, Palace of Equality.
I find that many people miss this beautiful site when visiting Paris, due to the fact that it is not easy to spot. It is behind the french government offices and many visitors usually head straight to the Louvre Museum, located next to Palais Royal, due its fame and glory!
Palais Royal is the definition of architectural Eye Candy and is as Parisian as can get. Today it's the home of France's Constitutional Council and of the Ministry of Culture. The gardens remain open to the public and are a great place to spend a perfect sunny day. You'll often encounter many families, working professionals, and students taking a break from the hustle and bustle of Paris!
Hope you enjoyed my little tour around Palais Royal ! Stick around for more Postcards from Paris.
Wish you were here!