Luxembourg Gardens, Paris
The Luxembourg palace was constructed by Maria Medici after death of her husband Henry the Fourth. She could not get used to an atmosphere of the Louvre and replaced it with an atmosphere of native Florence which she recreated in a palace and in a garden.
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Located in the 6th Arrondissement, everyone can enjoy the Jardin du Luxembourg. There are places to sit and read, to stretch out in the sun, a playground for the children, a place to play boules, and lots of paths to walk. It is one of the most peaceful places to spend a quiet sunny afternoon. It is well worth the visit.
The address is boulevard Saint-Michel, 75006.
If you take the Metro, get off at the Odéon stop. If you go by the RER B, descend at the Luxembourg stop.
It is opened everyday all year. In the summer the hours are from 7 in the morning to one hour before the sunset and in the winter it opens at 8 a.m.
There is no entrance fee.
When you visit Paris, and its Jardins du Luxembourg, you should really take a little bit of time to admire the outside of the park too. At the fences around the park, at the side of the Boulevard St. Michel, there almost always is a exhibition of great journalism and artistic photographs. In 2005 I admired a great exhibition of impressive photo's of the "World Press Photo" election. And in 2006 there was a series of photo's by Unicef, showing colourful images of children all over the world. Very impressive to see.
This is a huge (60 acres) and popular park is actually the property of the French senate which meets in Luxembourg Palace but is open to the public. There are always picnickers, sunbathers, card games, boules, statues and kids. It is a most beautiful park built for Marie de Medicis who wanted something to remind her of her beloved Tuscany so it has an Italian touch. For kids there are pony rides, marionette shows and toy boats to rent. The garden is filled with both tourists and locals intent on a relaxing place filled with the beauty of flowers as well as a surprising number of statues and fountains. People wanting to ‘see how the locals live’ could find no better place to see Parisian parents with kids, lovers, students and players of a variety of games.
Most people I know who have visited Paris are not familiar with this lovely palace. Therefore, in my opinion, they have not only missed out on seeing a spectacular historical building but also the delightful grounds that surround it. We were lucky enough to stumble across it when walking between Montparnasse and Notre Dame - so it was an unexpected bonus on our journey!
Fronting the palace is a lovely octagonal lake surrounded by formal terraces and well tended gardens. Children can hire wooden sail-boats and play a while as adults take in the view. When we were there, it was very busy with locals and tourists relaxing in the sun making use of the many seats and grassed areas.
The palace was originally built to remind Marie de Medicins, widow of Henry IV, of her native Florence. It was completed in 1631. As well as being a royal palace, it has also briefly been used as a prison and in World War II it was headquarters of the Luftwaffe.
This park has certainly been the favorite one of parisians for some time now. It consists of 29 hectares of greenery with ornamental ponds and splendid trees. A true french-style garden. The park has a lot of metal chairs so you can spend a few hours relaxing with a book. Or you can also jog or play tennis, or just stroll around, and if hungry, visit the café to grab a bite.
There's also a museum, with art exhibitions by Raphael, Mondigliani and Botticelli. But do ask, as the exhibitions change every time
The park is beautiful, but then again, it's just a park. So if you've got absoultely nothing else to see, you can give it a try. Otherwise, skip it.
Is anyone here interested in chess? It's a top European sport if not a very popular one in the US. Well, if you are interested, Paris boasts a local chess community that meets in the Luxembourg Gardens daily. It's no surprise really that chess is popular in Paris as the FIDE (Federation Internationale des Echecs) or the world chess federation is headquartered in France.
It's not too easy to find the chess players' venue in the Luxembourg Gardens unless you know it beforehand. Even the gendarme did not know where it was and had to ask his colleagues in the park when I asked!
As the garden is huge the easiest way to find the chess players is to take the rue de Vaugirard entrance which is near to the tennis courts and children's playground. Just across the tennis courts and under the trees you'll see these young and old men sitting on the green metal chairs, chessboards propped up on another chair in between them. Shh, don't be noisy because it's not nice to create noise when they are thinking of some highly intricate strategy to out the other guy. If it rains the chess games go on but they are under played an awning.
If you are a chess enthusiast, don't hesitate to join a game if it's possible. If you speak French, you can ask the players or just motion to them that you want to join. When a game is finished, another opponent takes a turn playing against the winner of the previous game. You don't need to speak French to know chess. All you need to know is how to play as chess strategies and theories are universal.
Luxemburg is a marvelous garden of 22 hectares. Adjoining in the Palace of the Senate, constructed for Marie of Médicis, this garden to the French harmonizes between lines and perspectives. Centered on the central basin, he/it spreads until the Fountain of the observatory of Davioud. Since Louis - Philippe, numerous sculptures decorate the garden, most beautiful being the monument in Delacroix by Dalou. To see the fountain of Médicis of 1624, of Florentine style, also. Romantic, quiet and hilly to some places, this beautiful garden is the place ideal for the lovers, the children and the aged people. He/it is planted of various gases of which of beautiful plane trees of Orient and the walnut-trees of Caucasus. Numerous floral decorations are dispersed on the circular lawns. The palace is surrounded in summer with palms and massifs of rosebushes. Finally, a beautiful basin is placed in the center of the garden. The garden of Luxemburg offers numerous activities of leisures: playgrounds of ball and long palm, of croquet, merry-go-round of hobby-horses, swings, karting, theater of puppets, renting of boats, lands of tennis, sulky and cars to pedals, walk to back of donkeys and ponies, ferries to sand and playful spaces reserved to the children with a big variety of games. You will be able to find many kiosks of toys and sweet, of the barrooms, lounge of tea and a day care. Also signal that a space of chess games, ladies and bridge is present. The fact to observe the players (accustomed of the places) provokes a real pleasure. It makes us think about the old Paris where the inhabitants of the district met in the public places to play or to discuss of the whole days. The garden of Luxemburg is one of the more beautiful and romantic parklands of Paris.
We pass a few times while raining without stopping but in our last day, we enjoyed a sunny weather for a while so we got to the parks.
The gardens and palace are beautiful, and you can find some statues with the queens of France
Il y a toujours beaucoup de monde au jardin du Luxembourg. Derrière le bâtiment du Sénat, le vaste parc est très agréable, avec ses nombreux bancs, ses allées au soleil ou à l'ombre, son école d'apiculture et son immense bassin. Le parc est décoré par de nombreuses statues... nous y reviendrons !
There is always a lot of people in the garden of Luxemburg. Behind the building of the Senate, the vast park is very pleasant, with its numerous benches, its alleys in the sun or to the shade, its school of apiculture and its immense basin. The park is decorated by numerous statuaries... we will come back there!
It is awesome place to chill out if the weather is warm..if it is sunny you can see lots of Parisians sunbathing and reading...
I could easliy spend my whole day just chilling out but unfortunately we didn't have much time..
The Luxemburg Gardens - a haven of tranquility to escape for a while and unwind.
Rue de Mouffetard ...a view of the old Paris, a narrow winding street with a market down the centre and full of small food shops. Located close to the Pantheon on the Left Bank.
While most tourists relax at the Touleries gardens , the Luxembourg palace and garden is the great place to be on hot summer day.
I took the picture hoping the fish will be visible, but unfortunately it wasn't so.
jardin de luxembourg- a park where Parisian gather to play, talk and relax. This is my favorite place in Paris.
There are many beautiful gardens around Paris. My favorite was the one by the Palace of Luxembourg, where I had a picnic with my friends before we continued on our tour of the city.