The beautiful Palais Royal, popular with many a fashionista. Many tourist don't actually make it to this side of the 1st Arrondissement, as they stick to only the Louvre which sits across the road from Palais Royal. Palais Royal and its beautiful gardens are worth a visit when you are exploring Paris as they are very quiet and offer the perfect spot to relax in such a busy and bustling metropolis. The gardens when in full bloom are just beautiful together with the fountains and manicured trees that create a scenic backdrop.
It's a shame this place doesn't get that much of a look in while everyone is taking selfies by the Louvre pyramids. Okay that may be a good thing in that it will remain ever more peaceful without the crowds and yet on the other hand I love showing people what they are missing out on if they choose not to visit. Designed by architect Jacques Lemercier in 1629, Palais-Royal was originally called Palais-Cardinal. It was actually constructed to serve as personal residence of Cardinal Richelieu, a Roman Catholic cardinal who served as the chief minister to France's King Louis XIII. When the cardinal died, the property was transferred to the King and as a result of the new ownership it was renamed to Palais-Royal. It was soon to be residence to many a royal family that passed through the years.
So next time you are visiting the Louvre, be sure to add Palais Royal to your explorer's list, bonus is that its only a few meters away.