This photo was taken after the summer of 2006; it was taken in September of 2006 to be exact. There were reports of a "floating face" in the fountain and my assumption is that the face was a temporary art exhibit because it wasn't floating in the autumn. Here is the photo to prove it.
BTW, this isn't really a Tip. You can view my Tip on the Luxembourg Gardens.
Jardin de Luxembourg is in the The Latin Quarter and St-Germain and the gardens are beautifully landscaped where there is lake in the middle. You will notice the statues and flowering urns dotted around the park and look out for the Fontaine de Medicis. There is Musee National de Luxembourg, situated next to the Palais de Luxembourg, housed the first public gallery in France in the 18th Century. Nowadays the musuem houses temporary exhibitions.
Le Jardin du Luxemboug is one of my favorite places to go when I am tired of doing everything else. It is so beautiful in the spring, with all the flower beds well maintained and in full bloom. You can take a nice stroll around the park and you will see so many beautiful scenes. If you aren't a already watercolorist, this will certainly inspire you to become one.
Entrance to the park is free. It closes just before sundown. It is very conveniently located and you can just dash over there from the Pantheon, Blvd Saint Germaine des Pres, Blvd Saint Michelle, Montaparnasse, and many other places on the Rive Gauche.
The Medici fountain is one of the most important decorative elements of the Jardins du Luxembourg and probably the most romantic of them.
As said by the name this decorative monument, at the start a type of cave, goes back to Marie de Médicis (1630) became a fountain, got new sculptures added and was even moved in 1862 and received the present basin about 50 m long.
Because of the trees the site is in the shadow and the water of the basin is dark like a mercury mirror.
One can sit along the basin to read, chat, drink a soda or just dream.
At about 70 m to the south stands a kiosk with drinks and tables under the trees and in the separate basement toilets (pay 0,40 €).
Considering that this park is so huge we couldnt find it. We walked in circles and asked directions and just couldnt seem to find it for a long time. When we finally located it we were alittle bit disappointed. Of course it was winter time when we came so the grass and trees were all brown and there were drunk people in the park.
We decide to sit here and people watch and take a break. We had walked so much and we were so tired. It was a great place to relax but like I had mention, wedidnt see the pretty gardens that we were supposed to see.
In the Jardin de Luxembourg there is a little pond just in front of the Senate Building. They rent boats there for 2 Euro for 1/2 hour or 3 Euro for an hour. You take a baton (stick) and push the boat away from the side. No matter which way the wind is blowing will cause the boat to move as it will tack by itself. This was a highlight of my day out with Tanner.
Whilst visiting the Luxembourg gardens, don't forget, tucked away in the north-east corner is the "Fontaine de Medicis". Originally called the "Luxembourg cave" and ordered by Marie de Medicis, the widow of Henry IV around 1630. Over the centuries it has been transformed considerably, most notably in 1861 when the fountain was brought here and the 50 metre long basin was created by Alphonse de Gisors. The sculptural grouping of Polyphemus, Acis and Galatea were commissioned in 1866 along the marble Pan and Diana in the niches each side. Above on the frontspiece can be seen the arms of the Medicis and France.
The fountain isn't that close to a metro, Odeon probably the closest.
“The artist who aims at perfection in everything achieves it in nothing.”
— Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863)
The Jardin du Luxembourg, referred to by locals as Luco is a 55.5 acres public park, making it the largest park in the city. The park is centered around Palais du Luxembourg, constructed between 1615 and 1627 for Marie de’Medicis, mother of Louis XIII, and currently home to the French Senate.
Between the western entrance to the jardin and la Palais du Luxembourg stands Jules Dalou’s “Monument to Delacroix.” Unveiled in 1890, it is one of the earliest monuments whose subject is represented by a bust only; this may be explained by Dalou’s special skill in portraiture. The portrait in this case is a work in bronze.
Ferdinand Victor Eugène Delacroix was a painter in the Romantic style. The Impressionists drew inspiration from his use of expressive brush strokes and his study of the optical effects of color (a critical part of the Impressionist School). Delacroix was a leading lithographer; he illustrated works by Shakespeare, Sir Walter Scott, and Goethe. He has been called the last Old Master and the last great religious painter.
At the near-by Church of St-Sulpice, in la Chapelle des Anges (Chapel of the Angels), frescoes by Delacroix can be seen. The chapel is the first on the right from the entry door.
The Jardin de Luxembourg is the largest public park in Paris. There is plenty of seats for people watching, people playing boules, children playing by the pond, vaious trees, plats, flowers, fountains and statues. The garden has numerous statues all over the grounds as well as figures of French Queens and female saints on pedestals.
The Palais du Luxembourg is also located in the park. The palace was build for Catherine de Medici.
When we came here it was late summer and the flowers were still in bloom. It was a nice relaxing day and we had a seat and did some people watching. It is one of Liz's favorite spots in Paris so I didn't mind indulging her a few hours of people watching and wandering about the park.
Beautiful gardens that you can walk around in. It is a great place to see real Parisians. You are not supposed to walk/sit on the grass in Parisian parks but there are a few places in Luxembourg Garders where people are allowed to sit on the grass. People were packed in so tight you would have thought it was a beach on the Riviera in the middle of a heat wave. The Pantheon in close by so it is easy to visit both places (both wonderful) the same day.
We decided to go to St Germain des Pres, 6e, where one finds the Jardin du Luxembourg.
Our kids loved this place, although it would have been better if we went during the summer because there would have been a toy boat pond, pony rides and the puppet theater would be open. But we were content just walking around the massive pond…and then all of a sudden, it rained!
We scrambled/fumbled for our umbrellas which were still in our backpacks, couldn’t open them and just ran for cover – it was hilarious. We got wet but had so much fun.
And then our pictures came out so nice later with the kids holding their umbrellas in front of the palais du Luxembourg which was built by orders of Marie de Medici, the queen of King Henri IV. It is said that in Florence, a similar palace exists –the Palazzo Pitti, which was the childhood palace of the queen herself who was homesick.
I have also read that there is a Statue of Liberty somewhere in the park, but I always miss it! Next time…
“Marie de’Medici, all of whose actions were prejudicial to France, has escaped the shame which ought to cover her name. Marie de’Medici wasted the wealth amassed by Henry IV; she never purged herself of the charge of having known of the king’s assassination. Marie’s conduct was such that she forced her son to banish her from France, where she was encouraging her other son, Gaston, to rebel; and the victory Richelieu at last won over her (on the Day of the Dupes) was due solely to the discovery the cardinal made, and imparted to Louis XIII, of secret documents relating to the death of Henry IV.” — Honoré de Balzac (1799-1850)
CHARACTER FLAWS Oh! pish-posh, I say. What are a few personality defects when you have a beautiful garden and palace to your credit?
Following her husband’s assassination in 1610, Marie de’Medici ordered a palace and garden created for her own use. She suggested models from her native Florence, Palazzo Pitti and Giardino di Boboli. The result was Palais de Luxembourg and its gardens.
The palace is home to the French Senate; and the garden serves the public’s suntanning (see photo #2), sailboat racing (see photo #4) and relaxation needs.
This is a wonderful park. Take time to walk through it, slowly. Or sit and enjoy the flowers; it is a perfect place to people watch, in a relaxing way.
Jardin du Luxemburg is public park and the largest in the city, located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, France. Luxembourg is the garden of the French Senate, which is itself housed in the Luxembourg Palace.
Open hours depend on the month: opening between 7:30 and 8:15 am; closing between 4:45 and 9:45 pm
One of the grandest palaces in Paris, le Palais du Luxembourg was built by Marie de Médécis in 1615. It owes its name to a previous 16th century palace, now referred to as Petit Luxembourg, which was purchased by de Médécis from le Duc du Luxembourg. Petit Luxembourg was preserved and still exists today as an annex to the larger palace. The enormous gardens of the Palais are one of the city's largest parks, known as Jardin du Luxembourg. Nowadays, the sumptuous Palais du Luxembourg houses the senate, while a section serves as a museum.
At the center of the park is an octagonal pond, known as the Grand Bassin. Here, children can rent small boats. nother attraction for children is the puppet theater.
Around the pond are nice lawns and alleys, all laid out in a geometrical pattern. Numerous statues, including the Statue of Saint-Geneviève - patroness of Paris - adorn the park. This is also one of the parks where you can simply get hold of one of the many chairs and take it to the exact spot where you want to sit. The park is also popular with chess players and Jeux de Boules players.