Having stumbled upon the agreeable Tuileries Garden in surprise, I paid a special visit to the other Parisian garden – the Luxembourg Garden. You may need to take the RER to get there. But it’s all worthwhile.
Stepping out of the Luxembourg RER station, you walk north along the Boulevard Saint-Michel and the green space of the Luxembourg Garden will be on your left. The ornamental gates of the Luxembourg Garden aren’t opened as wide as the Tuileries Garden’s, so you’ll need to pay attention; but there are several quiet entrances around the garden, and you will easily find one to enter the serene area.
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There’s an octagonal basin in the centre of the Luxembourg Garden and when the sun sets, the garden is bathed in golden sunlight.
The Luxembourg Garden features a lot of aesthetic statues. One of the most noticeable is the monument to Auguste Scheurer-Kestner near the basin.
In winter, the surface of the pond could be frozen, but the garden is still stunning.
The Luxembourg Palace serenely stands to the North of the basin. Seagulls walk on or fly over the icy basin at leisure. Their reflections are clearly painted on the surface of the pond like in a mirror.
Statue Diana à la Biche
Getting closer to the Luxembourg Palace, you’ll notice the statue Diana à la Biche in the centre of the lawn in front of the palace.
To the east side of the palace, there’s the well-known Medici Fountain enclosed in the dappled shade of its surrounding plane trees.
The fountain tells of a sad but beautiful Greek love story of the lovers Acis and Galatea. A white marble statue of the lovers is in the center. Above this marble statue is a bronze statue of the jealous Cyclops Polyphemus, who also loves Galatea and crushes his rival Acis with a boulder. Galatea changes Acis into a river spirit as immortal as herself.
Galatea in her abandoned shyness reclines exposing her exquisite body while Acis cups her head. She smiles faintly with her closed eyes. Her naked left leg stretches out, exposing the curve of her thigh.
The Luxembourg Garden has a surreal winter, and a relaxing summer when Parisians can be seen relaxing in chairs along the paths and lawns.
Artists in the Luxembourg Garden are inspired to pick up their brushes and depict the colorful garden on the canvas.
When the autumn comes, trees in the Luxembourg Garden turn yellow, and fallen yellow leaves decorate the cream colored ground beneath.
Copy of the Original Scale Model of Statue of Liberty
Strolling around in the Luxembourg Garden, you’ll eventually come across the bronze copy of one of the original scale models of the Statue of Liberty shaded by colorful leaves of oak trees.
When you walk out of the Luxembourg Garden along the Boulevard St-Michel to the North, the rotating photography exhibits hanging on the perimeter fence will catch your eye and draw a perfect close to your Luxembourg Garden strolling.