I’m sure I’ve previously mentioned how much I love the Jardin du Luxembourg on a sunny day, and here I’m having a bit of a throwback to my visit in autumn, when the trees were burning and the sun was out. When I stopped by I stumbled upon a brass band playing in the bandstand playing a mixture of classical pieces and movie soundtracks.
It was absolutely fantastic so I sat there for a good 20 minutes, probably more, eating lunch and taking photos.
Aside from the Palais du Luxembourg, home to the Sénat, there are also over 100 statues all over the gardens. There are 20 of them surrounding the pond and the palace of French queens and illustrious women, such as Mary, Queen of Scots, and Saint Genevieve.
Also next to the palace, you can find the Medici Fountain. It was built in 1630 by Marie de Medici, the wife (well, widow at the time) of King Henri IV. The fountain’s designer, Francini, was brought all the way from Florence by the King. It was restored in 1811 by Chalgrin (who also designed the Arc de Triomphe) on the order of Napoleon after falling to ruin in the 1700s.
The Jardin du Luxembourg also features in Les Miserables, as the place where Marius and Cosette first meet – how romantic! Now, I don’t know if this has convinced you that the gardens are a pretty good place to be, but I guess you’ll just have to go and find out for yourself!