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Jardin de Luxembourg, Paris – A midsummer day’s dream

Strolling through the Jardin de Luxembourg is a quintessential Paris travel experience. Unfortunately we missed it the first time we went to Paris even though we were staying in an apartment so close to it. Blame it on the cold December weather. So this time around, it was summer, the flowers were in full bloom, and romancing tourists and birds alike were flocking to Parisian parks and gardens. On an impromptu walk through the 6th Arrondissement, we suddenly found ourselves at the gate to the gardens, and knew we couldn’t walk past it without going in. So we took a leisurely stroll through, stopping and admiring everything in sight almost like two tourists on a honeymoon.

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The Orangerie of the Petit Luxembourg

Activities

We walked into the Jardin du Luxembourg from Rue Vaugirard passing the Petit Luxembourg to our left and some of the 23 hectare garden’s 100 statues. I tried to think back to the time the Medicis owned it as their home, before the senate took over the palace and its grounds. We came upon a small area where seniors were enjoying a game of chess, passing several kinds of people, doing several different kinds of things and strolled on towards the main feature where everyone flocked – the water Bassin.

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The chess pavillion

The people

Like we’ve said a million times before, Paris is THE city for people watching. And Charles and I love doing that. Coming up with their stories, descriptions and secrets, it’s a great way to spend time in a new place and try to get an understanding of local life. Naturally, while strolling about the Jardin du Luxembourg we came upon so many people. Some alone, some in groups and seeing as it was summer, plenty of lovers. Here, I’m sharing some sights that stuck with us.

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For some reason he oozes Hemingway, don’t you think?

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I would have loved to have been wheeled through Luxembourg as a child

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Deux par deux

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Summer birds

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Lovers of Luxembourg – I

 

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Lovers of Luxembourg – II

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Les innocents

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The palais

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The statue of Diana Panorama before the Senate building

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Kiosks on the Avenue de l’Observatoire

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Kiosks on the Avenue de l’Observatoire

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A sign that says, please sit on the grass!

I’m sure you can see why I’ve been uncharacteristically quiet through this post. But the stroll did leave us at a loss for words. It’s just one of things you enjoy in silence. Like I hope you did. Have you ever visited a public garden on your travels? What did you enjoy the most about it?

Jardin du Luxembourg
Entry free via place Edmond Rostand, place André Honnorat, rue Guynemer and rue de Vaugirard
The opening hours change as per the season as do the kiosks, concerts and events. They also have guided tours. Check on the website before you go.
http://www.senat.fr/visite/jardin/infos_pratiques.html
The above information is valid as on July 2013 when we visited Paris.

 

 

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