As elegant as I feel when I pronounce the name “Jardin du Luxembourg”, this park is one of the best open space in any major city I been to so far. With a mixture of autumn foliage, flowers in bloom and the elegant rows of statues of former French queens, Luxembourg Gardens as they say represent the quintessential Paris.
Luxembourg Gardens has the old romantic charm reminiscent of French monarchy era. The gardens can be crowded yet calm, where it can be sunny in one moment then you run for shelter in a while, it is the perfect place to unwind by simply doing nothing but watching children as they play with their pond yachts in the pool.
Located in 6th arrondissement, within a few blocks walk from the Pantheon and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens was a backdrop created by Marie de’ Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France as part of the new residence she constructed, the Luxembourg Palace (Palais du Luxembourg).
Medici Fountain (La fontaine Médicis) created by Marie de’ Medici is one of the garden best feature.
Though the beautiful panoramic view of the Pool and the Luxembourg Palace is the first thing to notice upon stepping inside Luxembourg Gardens, I personally like how the gardens is occupied by scattered iconic 1923-designed sage-green metal chairs.
If I skip Jardin du Luxembourg in my Paris visit, it would seem that I missed out a lot about Parisian living, because visiting the gardens doesn’t feel like one of those touristy thing to check, it feels as normal as having a relaxing weekend walk.