and other pleasures of le jardin du Palais Royale
Possibly of Interest
The garden, constructed by cardinal de Richelieu and designed by Pierre Desgotz, is a 20 850 m2 oasis in the 1er arrondissement.
Le petit canon: The off-limits grassy section of the garden is home to a miniature canon which, at high noon on sunny days from May to October, is ignited by the sun. The current cannon is a replica, the original, constructed in 1786, was stolen in 1990. Carved into the pedestal are the words: Horas non numero nisi serenas*.
* In French, « Je ne compte que les heures heureuses » and in English, “Only the happy hours count”
The garden is flat and easily navigable. The website’s “accessibility” section is not particularly helpful but does note that guide dogs are allowed in the garden.