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December 28, 2013

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Christmas Day in the Jardin des Tuileries

by soundlandscapes

I SPENT THE AFTERNOON of Christmas Day in the Jardin des Tuileries.  The weather was perfect with bright sunshine and a gentle breeze.

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I had rather expected the Jardin des Tuileries to be a haven of tranquillity, this was Christmas Day after all … but it was not so.  I discovered that lots of other people had also decided to spend the afternoon of Christmas Day in this former garden of the Tuileries Palace created by Catherine de Medicis in 1564.

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On the afternoon of Christmas Day people were doing what they’ve always done here, meeting friends, promenading and relaxing.

And what was I doing? I was listening to the feast of sounds around me – footsteps over the gravel, half-heard conversations, distinctive Parisian park chairs being hauled into just the right place, birds scavenging for their Christmas lunch, tourists admiring the Louvre, a student singing and two Gendarmes on horseback passing in front of the Café Marly.

So here are the sights and sounds I enjoyed on the afternoon of Christmas Day.

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Christmas Day in the Jardin des Tuileries:

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5 Comments Post a comment
  1. Dec 28 2013

    Thank you for the walk through the Tuileries. There is some new sculpture that I haven’t seen before and I really enjoyed imagining that I was right there.

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  2. hmunro
    Dec 28 2013

    I very much enjoyed this piece — especially the contentious gulls at the beginning, which reminded me of my nieces’ squabbling over the potatoes and pie on Christmas day. 🙂 But seriously, how lovely to experience an alternate universe of Christmas in Paris through your blog! Merry (belated) Christmas … and a lovely New Year to you, too.

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    • Dec 29 2013

      Thanks Heather. There were many more people in the Jardin than I’d expected on Christmas day but they all added to the rich sonic tapestry. Happy New Year!

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  3. Jan 3 2014

    How nice to be out and about in Paris on a Christmas day listening to the sounds of family and nature swirl around you in a public urban setting!

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