No matter who you are and what you do, finding your happy place is important! For me, I love wandering the city streets, but there are times when I need some peace. I found just the place, right in middle (literally) of city chaos. Palais Royal is an amazing palace, located very close to The Louvre in Paris.
I set out yesterday to explore the courtyard and garden of Palais Royal, I wanted to see some nature and step away from cement & buildings for an afternoon. First, I wandered the nearby city streets (Rue Rivoli and Rue Saint-Honoré). Perfect area for casual dining, shopping, and sightseeing (can be touristy, but it’s Paris!).
As I entered into the covered hallway, I immediately felt a sense of history (in a fairytale type of way).
I turned the corner, and saw the large open courtyard, exactly how I imagined!! Okay, my peaceful place was found! The stunning palace walls surround the quiet courtyard. The floor of the courtyard is styled with 260 black and white striped octagonal columns! The glamorous space is one of the symbols of Paris. The columns were added in 1985-1986, and believe it or not, it was quite a controversy.
The courtyard and gardens are separated by large columns and gates with real gold tips.
The spacious garden is picturesque, and is a perfect CHILL spot during the warmer months. However, there were still people eating lunch, reading books, and relaxing during chilly January. Imagine spending your lunch break here!
“In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you”- Depak Chopra