The Luxembourg Garden
I would like to share with you today a place that I particularly appreciate, the Jardin du Luxembourg. It is a unique park for me, of incomparable beauty. Every season, it appears differently but where it is most beautiful, in my opinion, it is in autumn. At this time the Garden is deserted, except for the regulars, we meet few people there. The ground is covered with dead leaves and the colours of Autumn are there. The park then reveals a unique beauty with its shimmering colours and shades of red and yellow.
Located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, between the Latin Quarter, Saint Germain des Prés and Montparnasse, the Jardin du Luxembourg was created on the initiative of Queen Marie de Médicis in 1612. Today, there are 106 statues scattered throughout the park, the monumental Medici fountain, the orangery and the Davioud pavilion.
This Garden always gives me a breath of fresh air. It is ideal for all seasons. It is a magnificent lung of nature and flowers in the heart of Paris.
All the parks in Paris are beautiful but the Luxembourg Garden is special, there is a certain calm. It is a timeless journey that is offered to me when I go there. A splendid vegetation on sunny days, magnificent views, it is a place full of stories that inspired the greatest artists.
I experienced moments of joy and happiness in the Luxembourg Park. When I was a child, we used to go to the park regularly. The lawns were an ideal place for a family picnic. Many attractions were open to me, vertiginous swings, traditional wooden rides, the puppet show but especially the sailboats of the Luco basin. I have an exceptional memory of these small painted and varnished wooden boats that I used to sail with a simple stick.
This practice has been going on for more than eighty years. In 1927, Clément Pardeau dreamed of the great outdoors. He uses his passion to make models out of wood, with hand-sewn sails made by his wife. The couple then had the idea of renting them at the Jardin du Luxembourg. The boats are still those of Clément Pardeau's time, only a few sailboats have been replaced!
The Medici fountain and its ivy drapes is one of the most romantic places in Paris. Formerly called the Cave of Medici, the Fountain of Medici was commissioned in 1630 from the Florentine engineer Thomas Francine by Marie de Medici, then widow of Henry IV. Tired of the intrigues of the Louvre Palace and nostalgic for Italy, she wanted to rediscover the atmosphere of the nymphs and fountains in the Boboli Gardens in Florence.
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