A photo can say more than a thousand words… I shot this picture last year in May in Paris, at Place de la Concorde, the beautiful roundabout that marks both the ending of the Tuilleries Gardens and the beginning of the boulevard des Champs-Elysées.
This is one of my favourite strolls in Paris on a sunny afternoon. I usually start at the Louvre, I go through the big arches, past the two pyramids and through the Tuilleries Gardens. There are lots of people hanging around on the grass or on the dusty chairs and benches reading books, listening to music or simply enjoying the last sun rays of the afternoon, while hearing ducks quake in the big pond.
From here you can go straight through the big doors of the Gardens and you arrive in Place de la Concorde, the biggest place in Paris. It was built in the second half of the 18th century by the same architect that built the Opera and it was famous during the French Revolution for holding the guillotine where King Lous XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette were decapitated. Today it is marked by an obelisk that dates up to 1836 in the centre, a present form the viceroy of Egypt to King Louis Philippe.
The lovely Place de la Concorde is surrounded by beautiful buildings, such as Hôtel de Crillon, one of the best high-end hotels in Paris, and the Hôtel du Ministère de la Marine – the Hotel of the Navy Minister.
Place de la Concorde gives then way to the beginning of the boulevard des Champs-Elysées, but that’s already another story…