The 62-acre Luxembourg Gardens in Paris’s fashionable Left Bank were created in the 1600s by the widowed queen Marie de Medicis to surround the Palais du Luxembourg she designed. The park is open and free to the public. On Sundays, an orchestra plays in the bandstand, pony rides and puppet shows are offered, and children sail toy rental boats in the Grand Bassin, the large, central fountain. The Palace now houses the French Senate in opulent elegance.
October 13, 2013