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Paris’s Jardin du Luxembourg in Autumn

The Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris is one of the most popular public parks in the city, for locals and tourists alike. With its 55 acres of gardens and quiet, tree-lined walking paths, the Jardin du Luxembourg is a beautiful place to visit all throughout the year. When we visited in late October, bright yellow and gold chrysanthemums accentuated the changing colors of the trees, and many of the park’s gardens remained in bloom despite the chilly autumn weather.

Paris's Jardin du Luxembourg In Autumn

Paris's Jardin du Luxembourg In Autumn

Dominating the center of the park is Luxembourg Palace, built as a royal residence for Marie de Médici, the widow of King Henry IV, in 1625. Since then the palace has served as a museum (the forerunner to the Louvre), a prison, the first residence of Napoleon Bonaparte, and today, the meeting place for the French Senate.

Paris's Jardin du Luxembourg In Autumn

Paris's Jardin du Luxembourg In Autumn

Just in front of the palace is the Grand Basin, a large octagonal pond where children can rent model boats and sail them on the water. A large amount of seats surround the pond where, at least on the day we visited, people were enjoying a snack while watching their children play and others had propped their feet up and were engrossed in their books and newspapers. Two elderly men were playing what appeared to be a very intense game of chess.

It is scenes like this that prompt me to visit a local park in every city we visit. There were plenty of tourists here, I’m sure, but everyone was acting like a local. While I’m sure my camera gave me away, I was happy to pretend to be one for a few moments, too.

Paris's Jardin du Luxembourg In Autumn

Paris's Jardin du Luxembourg In Autumn

The landscape of the Jardin du Luxembourg is adorned with over a hundred statues and monuments representing prominent French politicians, artists, saints, queens, and mythological creatures among many others. A visit here will give you information on each of the monuments found in the park.

Paris's Jardin du Luxembourg In Autumn

Paris's Jardin du Luxembourg In Autumn

We sat for over an hour by the pond, watching the children play and soaking up the last rays of sunlight as the day came to a close. As soon as the sun set, the weather turned chilly and we began to make our way out of the park, passing the beautiful grotto, Fontaine Médicis, on our way out. The fountain (pictured below) depicts Polyphemus, the son of Poseidon, looking down on Galatea, his beloved sea-nymph, in the arms of Acis, her true love. As the story goes, enraged that Galatea did not return his love, Polyphemus killed Acis with a boulder and Galatea turned her lover’s blood into the River Acis in Sicily.

Paris's Jardin du Luxembourg In Autumn

The Jardin du Luxembourg is such a beautiful park that it comes with no surprise that Victor Hugo chose this place as the spot for his characters, Marius Pontmercy and Cosette, to meet and begin their love story in his novel, Les Misérables.

Located close to the Latin Quarter, the Jardin du Luxembourg is easy to find and has multiple entrances. The gardens are open daily and entrance is free. Throughout the year, various exhibitions are held here, as well as puppet shows and outdoor concerts in the summer. If you need an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city, I’m positive you’ll find it here.

Jardin du Luxembourg: Website
Address: 6th Arrondissement, 75006 Paris

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Paris's Jardin du Luxembourg In Autumn

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  • Dong Shao
    February 10, 2014 at 5:36 PM

    Paris is always in my wish list. I have traveled mostly in Asian countries and unfortunately never visited Paris yet. I have heard many praising words about tourist attractions in the city including Luxembourg gardens as well. I think, gardens and museums are the best places in any city to get up close with history and culture. May be in last week of August I will be there. I also have planned an itinerary for my trip. Please have a look.

    Give me your important guidelines about the trip and itinerary planning. As it is my first time to plan a trip to France so I am very excited about it.

  • Connie Weiss
    December 29, 2013 at 1:44 AM

    So beautiful!! I could see me spending a lot of time there.

  • Natalie
    December 21, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Just so beautiful…and so glad you are getting this life experience right now!

  • Melanie Fontaine
    December 21, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    The Jardin du Luxembourg is one of my favorite places in Paris! :) Back when I took French classes in Paris, my school was located very close to this park, so we would go there during lunch time and sit in the gardens and just enjoy the sun. :) Happy memories!

  • Sara Tardiff
    December 21, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    yes, this is an absolute must-visit! so beautiful, especially when the weather is nice.

  • Katrin
    December 21, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    The park really looks fantastic! Such a cozy place! Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures! Parks like that are so relaxing!

  • Quyen Nguyen
    December 20, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    The gardens of Paris, small or large, are all so lovely! We probably spent more time in Gardens in Paris than museums! :)

  • Emmymom
    December 20, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    That park looks so beautiful! That pathway just makes me want to take someone’s picture there.

  • Sammy @ Days Like This
    December 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Ooooh this may have just been put on my list of ‘things to do in Paris’ when I am there in Jan. Maybe it will be all snowy! :D You take such beautiful photos x

  • Miwa
    December 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    What a beautiful, beautiful park! Gorgeous photos. (Reading your blog always makes me want to travel so badly!!)

  • topchelseagirl
    December 20, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    I once spent a week in Paris and our hotel was just around the corner, so we spent some lovely relaxing time by the boatlake.

  • Sky Envy
    December 20, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    I wanted to come here during our week in Paris but it got bumped down to the bottom of our list until we didn’t had enough time. Thanks for sharing! Will definitely have to go next time!

  • Jenn
    December 20, 2013 at 3:27 AM

    Ever since watching the MK&A movie, Passport to Paris, I have been wanting to visit Jardin du Luxembourg :) …. yes I am 12 years old lol