12 days in Spain & 4 days in Paris- 9/12/14- 9/9/28/14
Paris Day 3- Le jardin du Luxembourg- 9/26/2014
Le Jardin du Luxembourg is a 30 acre park in the 6th arrondissement of Paris situated near the Latin Quarter. Founded in 1611 by Queen Marie De Medici, the second wife of King Henry IV of France, decided she could no longer live at the Louvre after her husband was assassinated. Born in Florence, she moved to the Hotel du Luxembourg and had its surroundings renovated to resemble the home of her childhood. To help her in this she hired notable architects, landscapists and hydraulic engineers. Eventually, the grounds grew from about eight hectares to over thirty.
In 1794, during the French Revolution, the palace served as a prison. It also served as the headquarters of the Luftwaffe (German aerial warfare) during the Second World War. The Luxembourg palace currently houses the French Senate.
The Senate is housed inside the Luxembourg Palace. View of the south facade.
In front of the Luxembourg palace is a large octagonal pond, known as the "Grand Bassin". In the summer you can rent remote control small wooden boat and enjoy the afternoon sailing. The tiny boats are very colorful and fun to watch.
Close look at the fountain inside the big bassin.
Terrace surrounded by balustrades.
The gardens in the Luxembourg are inspired by the Boboli Gardens in Florence.
Nice view of the Palace from the garden.
The gardens cover about 25 hectares of land.
We are now going around the palace.
Luxembourg Palace garden façade
This sculpture depicts a nude woman
gracefully holding her arms above her head and holding a small apple in her
right hand. The work is entitled "La Femme Aux Pommes" or The Woman with Apples.
The artist is Jean Terzieff.
Jean Terzieff created this sculpture for the 1937 International Exposition. The exposition was officially known as the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques dans la Vie Moderne (International Exposition dedicated to Art and Technology in Modern Life) and was held from May 25 to November 25, 1937 in Paris, France.
Marigold flower beds.
Medici fountain (Fontaine Medici) a romantic Baroque fountain designed in the early 17th century by Tomasso Francini. Located at the end of a small pound at the northeast side of the park.
The central scene shows the Greek mythological figure of Polyphemus surprising the lovers Acis and Galatea by Auguste Ottin.
There were a lot of students drawing the fountain.
More students seating around the fountain.
View from the palace to the garden
In 1612, Marie de Medici started to build the garden by planting 2,000 elm trees and hired some notable gardeners.
Auguste Scheurer-Kestner became well-known for his public demands for a revision of the trial. He died accidentally on 10 September 1899, the very day when Dreyfus was pardoned.
Beautiful hedged trees. You can tell by looking at the trees that it is autumn.
It usually rain a lot in the fall but we were lucky it was such a beautiful day. Perfect for nice stroll.
There must be something going on this day because there are so many students running around the park.
An old man practicing Tai Chi.
Pavillon de La fontaine is a small cafe/restaurant. You can have lunch or just a cup of coffee then just sit around to enjoy the surrounding.
Le Triomphe de Silène, 1885, Hommage to Delacroix byJules Dalou
It was so delicious that we could probably eat the whole thing but we had to restraint ourselves so we enjoy our lunch.
Sainte Genevieve-Patronne de Paris -423-512
La Harde de cerfs écoutant le rapproché
L'acteur Grec - The Greek actor by Arth7ur Bourgeois (1838-1886)
Bronze statue inspired by Greek theater. It represent a young actor practicing his role with a manuscript in his hand and a mask on top of his forehead.
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