Monday, July 01, 2013

The Jardin du Luxembourg

I'm intrigued to find out that this garden was built for Marie de Medicis to remind her of the Boboli gardens in Florence.  The Boboli allows Florentines free access, with proof of ID, though tourists and other outsiders have to pay.   The Luxembourg is free of charge,  and it's closer to the city centre.

It's the biggest park in Paris, and is a delight - places to sit, trees, water, statues, entertainments for kids and adults, lovely gardens.  You can even sit on some of the grass!

We met Anne and spent a couple of hours with her - chatting, having coffee, wandering.
Then we all hung around for a short outdoor concert of some of Chopin's music.
It's good to see the bandstand in the park is so well used. The atmosphere on a summer afternoon was excellent.

We walked back via St Germain des Prés and the river. 

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