Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Chronicles from Paris | Jardin du Luxembourg




Situated between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg Gardens are a haven of peace and tranquility in the middle of the city's bustle. Inspired by the Boboli Gardens and by the Pitti Palace in Florence, the Gardens and the Palace of Luxembourg were created for Queen Marie de Medici in 1612, allowing her to remember her native city.

The gardens cover 23 hectares and are known for its lawns, tree-lined promenades, flowerbeds, statuary and for the monumental Medici Fountain, built in 1620. The children will be allured to the model sailboats on its circular basin and everyone will appreciate the relaxed atmosphere where one can rest, talk, read a book or even have a picnic (actually you can't use the lawns, but why not in a bench?).

The garden is house to over a hundred statues, monuments, and fountains, scattered throughout the grounds. The most famous is the Medici Fountain that was built in 1630 by Marie de' Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France and regent of King Louis XIII of France.

Designed by Tommaso Francini, the fountain has the form of a grotto, a popular feature of the Italian Renaissance garden. The long basin of water, flanked by trees, and the sculptures of the giant Polyphemus surprising the lovers Acis and Galatea, were added to the grotto's rock work in the nineteenth century. Hidden behind the Medici Fountain is the Fontaine de Léda, (1807), a wall fountain built during the time of Napoleon Bonaparte that was moved in the second half of the century to its present location.
















Jardin du Luxembourg
Rue de Médicis - Rue de Vaugirard - 75006 Paris


Opening Hours and Ticket Prices:

Opens between 7.30am and 8.15am, and closes between 4.30pm and 9.30pm according to season.

Free access to garden for all public.










16 comments:

  1. i love gardens and we have so many in Delhi but no one is that much beautiful. it really beautiful and well maintained.

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  2. I love the Boboli Gardens, so I'm sure I would be enamored with Jardin du Luxembourg. Looks like you went at the best time of year!

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  3. So beautiful! I love the Jardin du Luxembourg - one of my favorite spots in Paris!
    Laura | eternal-expat.com

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  4. Gorgeous gardens, thanks for sharing :)

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  5. The gardens here are a breath of fresh air! It seems so romantic. I would love to visit and enjoy these for a few hours. :)

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  6. The gardens are beautiful and your photos of Paris are so lovely!

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  7. I've been to the Luxembourg Gardens, but only in March, when Spring hadn't yet put leaves on the trees and the park was mostly empty. It was rather barren-looking. Your photos are beautiful, and all the information about the park is so interesting!

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  8. This looks lovely! I wish I could just sip a cup of tea and walk through the gardens. One day! Beautiful photos and writing.

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  9. It's so charming and wonderful. Brings me back to the days of spring and summer, just as everything turns to winter here. I'd like to check it out someday!

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  10. These are exactly the details I have been looking forward to as we are planning a trip to Paris soon. Loved the pictures too. I am going to bookmark this one

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  11. I myself visited the place long time ago. And this was one of my favourite spots in Paris. Much better than the Eiffel tower. Nice pictures. Brings back some memories :)

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  12. We've been to Paris but never to the Luxembourg Gardens. They look absolutely stunning. Well, I guess we're going to have to go back to Paris. :-)

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  13. These gardens look amazing and your pictures are absolutely gorgeous! Pinning this!

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  14. The Luxembourg gardens are so enchanting. The flowers so colourful and lovely. When we were in Paris, we had a packed schedule and could not visit any of the magical gardens. Hope to make up next time.

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  15. The Jardin du Luxembourg looks so beautiful. I would have loved a li'l bit more history as it makes it a bit more romantic. Can you find some good food around the place??

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  16. Whenever I see pictures of these gardens, I always think of Marie Antoinette strolling in a flowing tulle gown. Lovely place and lovely setting.

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