The Luxembourg Gardens, or Jardin du Luxembourg, is the largest public park in France. Unfortunately, they are missed my many travellers in their rush to the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, or Notre Dame. Known for a calm respite from the bustling atmosphere of central Paris, the park has many purposes and features. Its primary functional aspect is home to the French Senate.
However, tourists will appreciate the more modest features: a large playground and puppet theatre, a music gazebo often filled with free performances, and of course the gardens with their wonderful sculptures and statues, including the first model of the Statue of Liberty. There is a restaurant popular with locals for a quiet glass of wine when the weather is suitable. My favourite, though, is the ponds, where you will find old Parisian men idling their afternoons away with a toy boat or two.
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