One of my favourite spots in Paris is Le Petit Palais. The small palace houses the Parisian Museum of Fine Arts (Musée des beaux-arts de la ville de Paris). Besides the beautiful, small collection of art pieces, it is also worth a visit because of its stunning architecture. Arched windows, a dramatic stairway, mosaic floors, and painterly ceilings draw you in. The palace is built around a breath-taking courtyard, with impressive pillars and an even more impressive ceiling. A walk through and around Le Petit Palais makes you slow down, and really take in the details and aesthetics all around you.
The garden and tea room
My favourite part of Petit Palais is the courtyard garden. Especially in spring, when the trees and bushes are in bloom, it is gorgeous. It is a peaceful haven to retreat from the busy streets of Paris. With its palm trees and lush vegetation it has a Mediterranean ambiance. After a walk around the garden, I like to enjoy tea and pastries on the outside terrace at one of the marble tables, and just soak up the beauty and tranquility of the place.