The Jardin du Luxembourg Paris is my favorite park in that city. Why, you may ask?
Well for one thing it is located on the left bank my favorite area. It is in the 6th arrondissement. It is so lovely with many statues and fountains, lots of shade trees and places to sit. You can stroll around or sit and watch the world go by. If you want to check something out or work use the complementary WiFi. There is the old Medici château that is now the senate and if you like you can give it a visit.
There are many viewing seats to watch the mini sail boats in the pond in front of the Chateau. There are other small museums to take a look at like the one named Medici. Also there is an orangery and a bee house. They quite often have art shows and choirs performing.
It was built by Marie de Medici the widow of Henry IV fashioned after the Pitti Palace in Florence so It has Italian look and feel. The buildings around the park are also very beautiful because in the past many noblemen lived near the park.
I even love the very ornate gates and fences. It is also very nice to walk around the outside perimeter of the park if you are able, and there are lots of benches so that you can stop and rest. If you tire there is always a bus to hop on. If you have any physical challenges like me you can come here and rest but still are out enjoying the day.
I find it peculiar, but a very good thing that they have signs on certain days in particular areas stating in three languages that “Sitting on the grass permitted.”(Pelouse Autorisee. Aqui se puede useted sentar) Of course many people take them up on this and children get to run freely. Lie down on your blanket and take a nap if that pleases you.
If you would like lunch or a snack there is a nice café with umbrella covered tables.
On many days when we have been there we were able to at no cost; take in a nice concert sitting in the shade. I find this a very relaxing way to spend a few hours.
There is a bakery-deli close by and so often we had an impromptu picnic. We really enjoy picnics sometimes elaborate planned ones with wine, tablecloths and a picnic basket full of cheese and goodies and other times simple like this one.
If you want a reprieve from the busy city or the entire hectic site-seeing ritual, this is one of the best places to spend a few hours or a day. Countless Parisians talk about how living near the Jardin du Luxembourg Paris is a wonderful thing and I couldn’t agree with them more