The Jardin du Luxembourg is a beautiful garden in the centre of Paris. It is a haven from the hustle and bustle of city life. The garden was designed for the Palais du Luxembourg and is now owned by the French state and most importantly is open to all.
It has the most delightful round pond where children's sailboats can be sailed across it. Each boat has a sail representing a different country.
Many of our trips around Paris involved a walk through the gardens on the way to visit somewhere or the way back. Sometimes we would take a picnic and a book to read just to escape the city. There are many statues in the garden and lots of immaculately planted flower beds. And most importantly lots of chairs to sit on. Bless the French for thinking of the essentials especially as many of the lawns cannot be walked on. People go to the gardens to meet their friends, eat their lunch or just sit and contemplate life.
Of course no French park could be without pétanque areas. I believe there were 4 linked together and a clubhouse. I love to watch the game, the strategies and the various talents of the players. And I'm not the only one as there is usually a crowd watching. It is also a chance to socialise with friends. For painters it is a chance to sit and sketch!!
Another lovely feature was the pony rides for the children in the afternoons along the main vistas.
It was definitely one of my favourite places to visit in Paris. You could sit, feel the last of the sun and really wind down at the end of the day.