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#15 of 802 Places To Visit in Paris
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address
6th arrondissement of Paris, 75006 Paris, France
contact
+33-1-42-34-23-62
timings
All days of the week
8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

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The Luxembourg has always been associated with artists, though children, students, and tourists predominate nowadays. Watteau came this way, as did Verlaine. In 1905, Gertrude Stein would cross them to catch the Batignolles/Clichy/Odéon omnibus, pulled by three gray mares, to meet Picasso in his studio at Montmartre, where he
painted her portrait.

Marie de Médici, the wife of Henri IV, ordered the Palais du Luxembourg built on this site in 1612, shortly after she was widowed. A Florentine by birth, the regent wanted to create another Pitti Palace, where she could live with her "witch" friend, Leonora Galigal. Architect Salomon de Brossee wasn't entirely successful, though the overall effect is
Italianate. Alas, the queen didn't get to enjoy the palace, as her son, Louis XIII, forced her into exile when he discovered she was plotting to overthrow him

For the most part, they're in the classic French tradition: well groomed and formally laid out, the trees planted in
patterns. Urns and statuary on pedestals -- one honoring Paris's patroness, St. Geneviève, with pigtails reaching to her thighs -- encircle a central water basin. Kids can sail a toy boat, ride a pony, or attend an occasional Grand Guignol puppet show. And you can join a game of boules (lawn bowling) with a group of men who wear black berets and have Gauloises dangling from their mouths.

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1 Luxembourg Gardens review
MyWebz
MyWebz
◘peaceful oasis in beautiful Paris◘
Jun 23 2014
Perfect place to chill and find some peace in beautiful vibrant Paris. Cool fountains and plenty of cool shade to relax in between sight seeing, the palace is handsome but not open to the public...,French Senate sits there I believe. Located in a bea ...... read more
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