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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Happy New Year from Paris - Jardin du Luxembourg


Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin du Luxembourg
The next day we decided to take a walk from the hotel to the Luxembourg Gardens, Pantheon, Sorbonne, the Boulevard Saint-Michel to Notre Dame, City Hall and finally to the Centre Georges Pompidou and all that on foot.What a walk!
Now when I list the it, it seems quite a distance, but it's not quite so. Along the way we saw only the beauty and enjoyed in it. The time passed quickly and we weren't tired.
Jardin du Luxembourg



Luxembourg Gardens park was our first goal.
A large area of the Luxembourg Gardens and stroll through them can't get you tired, here you feel relaxed. Over the weekend, here comes lot of people, young, old, recreational runners who run around the park, families with children .... so vivid and beautiful. The Parisians really love this place, I noticed it when I was here first time. It looks like the Jardin du Luxembourg is the most popular park in Paris.

Palais du Luxemburg
Palais du Luxemburg (Luxembourg Palace) in the center of the park was constructed between 1615 and 1627 at the northern end of the Jardin du Luxembourg. It was built for Marie de Medici, who was nostalgic about her youth at the Pitti Palace in Florence so the architect made it in a Florentine style. The widowed queen did not get the time to enjoy her new palace and gardens for long as she was banished by Richelieu in 1625, before the palace was completed. In 1794, during the French Revolution, the palace served as a prison. It also served as the headquarters of the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. The building currently houses the French Senate.

Palais du Luxemburg
In front of the Luxembourg Palace there is an octagonal pond, known as the Grand Bassin. Here children can rent small boats and play with them, I saw it.






Fontaine de Medici
Fontaine de Medici
The most famous one is the Fontaine de Medici, a romantic baroque fountain designed in 1624. It is located at the end of a small pond at the northeast side of the park. A central sculpture group shows the Greek mythological figure of Polyphemus who watches the lovers Acis and Galatea. It is flanked by allegorical figures depicting the rivers Seine and Rhône.








Fontaine de l'Observatoire

Fontaine de l'Observatoire

To be continued....
Photos by: ilovetravels
At the southern end of the park is another fountain, the Fontaine de l'Observatoire designed by Davioud, Carpaux and Frémiet in 1873. It is also known as the  Fontaine des Quatre.Partie du Monde (Four parts of the world). The fountain includes a statue of a globe supported by four women, each representing a continent. To maintain symmetry, Oceania was left out.

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