This weekend on Instagram I asked you all what you wanted to see more of. One of the most common responses I received was the Luxembourg Gardens. These photos are from an afternoon walk through the Jardin du Luxembourg that I took a couple of weeks ago. I hope it feels like you’re taking a little walk around Paris with me!
I haven’t been shy about the fact that I’m more Team Tuileries than Team Luxembourg. All that means is that while they’re both fabulous, gorgeous, stunning, perfectly Paris gardens, the Tuileries have always pulled me in. However, after spending so much time outdoors and in the garden in Normandy I’m appreciating green spaces more than ever.
The Jardin du Luxembourg is located just on the border of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. In 1612 Marie de Medici spearheaded the creation of the garden, inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence where she grew up. It spans over 61 acres of land, which I didn’t fully cover on this particular walk through the Jardin du Luxembourg.
I always enjoy looking at some of the various 106 statues spread throughout the garden. On this visit it looked like the flowers were recently planted. They’re usually bright colors year-round, even in the winter. One of my favorite times to visit the garden (and Paris in general) is during the fall. Nothing compares to seeing the leaves changing colors and falling.
There isn’t a bad place to sit in the entire garden and green chairs are always occupied. Whether you’re on the terrasse at La Terrasse de Madame, next to the fountain with a remote-controlled sailboat, or just under a tree in the shade with a book, chances are you’re enjoying yourself.
Another symbol of the Jardin du Luxembourg is the stunning Medici Fountain, built in 1620. It’s a popular photo spot for good reason, but is currently drained and being worked on. Which of course means I’ll have to go back and take more photos when it’s back!
Something my French professor said when I studied abroad in 2012 always stuck with me. She said you can live your entire life in Paris and still not see it all. The longer I live here the more evident that becomes. While the Tuileries might be my favorite Paris garden for now, this walk through Jardin du Luxembourg makes me want to discover more about it.