Visiting the Luxembourg Gardens Never Gets Old

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Summer in the gardens

Some tourist attractions and areas of cities can get stale. The “been there, done that” thought can creep up when I am in Paris and someone asks to see the Mona Lisa, but never will I say that about Luxembourg Gardens (Jardins du Luxembourg). It never gets old strolling through the vast landscape even in the winter time when the tropical plants and trees disappear behind the bundling bags that keep them warm during the harsh cold and  dark months. There is life year ’round in this park with school children taking their mandatory walkabout at lunchtime, folks jogging, tennis players serving things up, and chess champions queueing up for a match. The ducks remain all year poodeling around in the various fountains and pond. They seem to validate that life in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris in the winter is better than summer in other places.


Even in the winter there is greenery

Of course, nothing beats the spring when the crocuses begin to bloom and the wrappings come off the bushes and trees. It’s like Christmas morning when the palm trees are unveiled – the promise of warmer weather and summer nights picnicking in sunlight till ten o’clock pm awakens Paris from the wintry sleep. Luxembourg Gardens come alive and renew the spirit of the City of Light.

Winter with no leaves, but plenty of life still around

Winter with no leaves, but plenty of life still around

It is now fall and preparations are happening all around. Squirrels are gathering their last nuts, flower beds are replanted with heartier plants like pansies and in some cases pulled out and covered, and the leaves are falling. For those in Paris, enjoy these days before the winter rains dampen your spirit and remember to walk in the park on the sunny winter days to cheer yourself up because even though it is winter, there is still greenery around to add color to the gray sky days . Remember what the ducks already know, Paris in the winter is better than most cities in the summer!

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  • Karen Dawkins
    Posted at 15:00h, 30 September Reply

    We took our son’s high school senior pictures there — and my favorite photo all time of my three kids happened accidentally there as well! Thanks for the memories.

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 19:21h, 30 September Reply

      Hi Karen,
      What a great memory to have of his high school days. I bet no one else in his school had nearly as cool a memory from their senior portrait!
      Thanks for reading and taking the time to write in.

  • Monique
    Posted at 14:01h, 30 September Reply

    It’s time for another trip to Paris. Thanks for reminding me.

  • 24/7 in France
    Posted at 09:35h, 29 September Reply

    One of my favorite places in Paris anytime of year!

    • Weekend In Paris
      Posted at 10:01h, 29 September Reply

      So glad you like it Kim! It’s one of Paris’ very best treasures!

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