To escape the hectic buzz of the city nothing is better than to take a walk in the park. And Jardin du Luxembourg is the perfect place to do so. It’s conveniently located several blocks from Boulevard Saint Germain at the Rive Gauche and is close to the Saint Sulpice. The park is Paris second largest park and also functions as the garden of the French Senate. You can walk around here every season of the year, but especially in spring and summer it’s very relaxing to take one of the many chairs and sit in the sun for a bit. The park offers entertainment for every age: old men playing chess near the Orangerie, children playing with boats in the pool, others are playing tennis and the lazy ones enjoy the grass with a view on the beautiful Senate.
When I studied in Paris, I lived around the corner and often took my books to study here in the sun. Now, years later, what Quinty and I most often do is buy a baguette au chèvre and a (small) bottle of chilled red wine at a nearby boulangerie to enjoy a très French lunch on the comfortable chairs or just lie in the grass to enjoy the tranquility.
The park also has a museum: Musée du Luxembourg. The museum was Paris’ first public painting gallery from 1750 to 1780 but now, most masterpieces have found its way to the Louvre. Despite this, the museum still has interesting art exhibitions: last year there was a great exhibition on Marc Chagall and at the end of 2012 the museum displayed the work of Kees van Dongen!
Jardin du Luxembourg has a lot to offer for everyone: just go there on a sunny day and you will feel the chilled out vibe.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Musée du Luxembourg
19 Rue de Vaugirard 75006
Open: Daily from 10:00 to 19:30, and till 22:00 on Friday and Monday