Bryan and I had traveled to Europe twice before our trip to France, and both trips were during December. I thoroughly enjoyed our December trips to Germany; however, it seemed to me that Paris would be perfect during spring, so we chose to visit France during May.
Prior to the trip, I researched parks and gardens in Paris and knew that I wanted to make time to visit Luxembourg Garden. We went to Luxembourg Garden on our second day in Paris — the same day that we visited Musee d’Orsay and St. Chapelle. Luxembourg Garden did not disappoint! It was full of people, statues, flowers, and life! We even got to watch a few rounds of pétanque (which I regret not taking any photos of), a game we read about before our trip.
Marie de’ Medici, a native of Florence and the wife of King Louis XIII, began creating Luxembourg Garden in 1612. She wanted something to remind her of Florence. Today the park is owned by the French Senate and occupies 60 acres. It is home to 106 statues, of which I photographed a mere 17. We spent a couple of hours at the park and didn’t even come close to seeing everything.
Statue of Marie de’ Medici