Paris Parks and Gardens
Paris parks and gardens abound and prove a big city does not have to always mean noise and confusion.
Let’s get away from the noise of urban reality and find the peaceful havens that Paris gardens can offer. We will look at cloisters, squares (also called a ‘place’), which are enclosed areas, and also at gardens and parks.
Exactly what is the difference between a park and a garden? Ask ten people and you will most likely get 10 different responses. Definition is irrelevant when you want to take a break from your busy day of sightseeing and just unwind with a book for an hour to restore your spirit and boost your energy level. We will take a look at some of the larger gardens such as Luxembourg Garden (Jardin du Luxembourg) but I really want to focus on those gardens that are “out of the way”, hidden and/or isolated.
All of these locations provide a chance to observe some wonderful French architecture and sculptures.
Jardin du Luxembourg
The Jardin du Luxembourg is classified as a garden, but as you can see from the photos below I would also call it a park. There is a playground, puppet theatre, apiary,beautiful statuary, and many places to sit in the shade. At just over 60 acres, this is the second largest park in Paris, containing over 100 monuments, statues and fountains. The Luxembourg Museum is classified as one of the leading exhibition places in Paris, presenting approximately 40 exhibitions a year.
Located at 19 rue de Vaugirard, the Museum is open 10 – 7:30pm and until 10pm on Fridays and Mondays.
For the gardens, take the metro to Odéon or the RER: Luxembourg and enter on rue Guynemer, rue de Vaugirard, rue de Médicis, rue Auguste-Comte or boulevard Saint-Michel. Bring your children to float boats in the fountain or do as some do and bring you knitting while you enjoy the beauty!