Jardin du Luxembourg
When I asked my friend, Francoise, who was raised in Paris, what should I see? She gave me a list and on it was the Luxembourg Gardens - a favorite of hers because she played here as a child. Lucky girl!
The Jardin du Luxembourg, or the Luxembourg Gardens, was created beginning in 1612 by Marie de' Medici, the widow of King Henry IV of France, for a new residence she constructed, the Luxembourg Palace.
The garden today is known for its calm atmosphere, lawns, tree-lined promenades, flowerbeds, the large octagonal basin of water where children sail model boats and for the picturesque Medici Fountain, built in 1620. In the southwest corner, there is an orchard of apple and pear trees and the puppet theatre. The gardens include a large fenced-in playground for young children and their parents and a vintage carousel. There are also just over a hundred statues, monuments, and fountains, scattered throughout the grounds.