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The Parks of Paris: Jardin de Luxembourg

As usual, Kaid Benfield offers some great thoughts on parks, this time on what makes the Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris such a gem.

First, it’s a great size for a large city park, at 60 acres.  That means one still feels in the city when there, but in an especially tranquil part.  Second, like great cities themselves, it embodies a variety of vistas and experiences, from the majestic old Luxembourg Palace (now the seat of the French Senate), to the pond in the center where kids play with toy boats, to a bandstand, a marionette theatre, a carrousel, tennis courts, the Medici fountain, terrific nooks and crannies in which to eat and drink, and so on.

the Luxembourg Palace (by: Pablo Rosa, creative commons license)Third, it strikes a great balance of nearly always hosting a good crowd of people without feeling crowded, in the sense that, say, Bryant Park or parts of Central Park in New York do.  There’s almost always a place to sit.  Fourth, the architecture and landscape architecture is humane rather than heroic or pastoral, and to my eyes, beautiful.  In addition, as with many great places in Europe, it conveys a sense of history (it’s been there since 1625) that few places close to home can match.

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  1. […] Check out the post to see all of the images and park descriptions. The parks covered: Central Park in New York, Retiro Park in Madrid, Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, Tiergarten in Berlin, Stanley Park in Vancouver, Monsanto Park in Lisbon, Balboa Park in San Diego, Hyde Park in London, Mount Royal Park in Montrail and lastly, Jardin de Luxembourg in Paris, seen below and about which we just posted.) […]

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