Luxembourg Garden in the Spring

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On this sunny Sunday afternoon we decided to go to Paris and have a picnic in the Luxembourg Garden. During the season of Spring, every green shade lights up beautifully the garden. We posted below a few photos taken on this 10th May 2015… Exploring the Luxembourg Garden in the Spring is definitely a must-see when visiting Paris!

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The Luxembourg Garden in the Spring

The Luxembourg Garden (in French: Jardin du Luxembourg) comprised mainly of formal gardens designed by Le Nôtre and a resting space in the English garden. The public park is situated in the 6th arrondissement between Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Latin Quarter. Here are a few photos of the English garden and its multitude of spring flowers:

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

Typical chairs in the Luxembourg Garden © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

The beautiful Spring flowers at the Luxembourg Garden © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

The flowers display © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

Beautiful poppies! © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in the Spring © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden © French Moments

The formal garden is centred on the Renaissance palace of Luxembourg, seat of the French Senate. A quick look at the next two photos could mislead you – aren’t we instead somewhere in Spain or Mexico?

The French senate © French Moments

The French senate © French Moments

The French senate © French Moments

The French senate © French Moments

Nope… this is Paris, no photo montage, no trickery. Palm trees can really grow in the French capital. Is this a sign of global warming?!

Luxembourg Garden in Spring © French Moments

In from of the French Senate © French Moments

The French senate © French Moments

The French senate © French Moments

There is always a bird perched on the head of a statue… you can wait for long minutes before it flies away… didn’t have time to wait so here you go:

Luxembourg Garden in Spring © French Moments

Statue of Diane © French Moments

The French senate © French Moments

The French senate © French Moments

Jardin du Luxembourg © French Moments

The Obelisk © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden - the Grand Bassin copyright French Moments

The Grand Bassin © French Moments

The twin bell towers of St. Sulpice church. This close-up shot reveals that the towers are not identical.

The St Sulpice towers © French Moments

The St Sulpice towers © French Moments

Part of the park had been closed to the public as a movie was being filmed there that afternoon. Although not accessible, the magnificent Medici Fountain was fortunately visible from the main path. The pond and the monumental fountain date back to the 1630s when Maria de Medici Florentine commissioned its construction by engineer Thomas Francine. In 1863, Auguste Ottin decorated it with the addition of a group of three mythological characters:

Polyphemus catching Galatea by surprise in the arms of Acis”.

Luxembourg Garden in Spring © French Moments

Medici Fountain © French Moments

Luxembourg Garden in Spring © French Moments

Medici Fountain © French Moments

Find out more about the Luxembourg Garden.


English-French Vocabulary

Replica of the Statue of Liberty in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris © French Moments

Replica of the Statue of Liberty in the Luxembourg Garden, Paris © French Moments

(f) for féminin, (m) for masculin and (v) for verbs

  • basin = bassin (m)
  • flower = fleur (f)
  • fountain = fontaine (f)
  • garden = jardin (m)
  • Left Bank = Rive Gauche (f)
  • monument = monument (m)
  • palace = palais (m)
  • park = parc (m)
  • Spring = printemps (m)
  • tree = arbre (m)

 

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Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management.

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