Luxembourg Quarter and the Jardin du Luxembourg

Trip Start Oct 19, 2012
Trip End Oct 26, 2012

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Flag of France  , Île-de-France,
Monday, October 22, 2012

I walked across town over the Seine River into the Left Bank to check out the Luxembourg Quarter and the Jardin du Luxembourg. I could not have asked for a better day to explore this garden. It was sunny and seventy five degrees which really beat what I was expecting on this trip (fifty degree weather and cloudy). It was a perfect day to hit the garden and lie around and take it easy for a few hours. Once I arrived I hit up the stand for a wine and found a spot near a gazebo that had an all brass band of over thirty pieces playing all the "western" hits with a sprinkling of French songs that I did not recognize. I particularly like the disco meddle that crescendo with "Jive Talking". Nothing says “Paris” like Jive Talking by the BeeGee's. As I looked around it was more than apparent that a lot of Parisians had the same idea in mind. It seemed like everyone was lying around taking in the sun.  It was nice to see the Euros taking it easy for the rest of us.  The Parisians definitely don't have the rush rush mentality of Americans.  I saw nothing but people taking it easy and enjoying the day without a care in the world.  I was happy to be part of that crowd for a change.

The Garden of Luxembourg appears to cover some twenty-five acres in the heart of the Left Bank. The layout of the park seems to center around the Luxembourg Palace and is dominated by a massive octagonal pool. After lying in the sun for about two hours I figured I better get up and do something so started my trek to the Eiffel Tower.

However, as I was walking the grounds of the Garden a few things caught my eye. The first thing was all the statues of various Queens of France that are placed throughout the garden. The statues just sort of popped out on any turn which made for a pretty scenic walk through the park. I also think that is why so many people seemed to be just taking it easy in all the chairs in the park. It a very peaceful and beautiful park to relax in.  From certain vantage points you can also see off in the distance the Eiffel Tower.

The second thing that caught my eye was the fact that the garden has an apiculture school. In the corner of the garden there was a whole gazebo that was stacked with bee hives. This stuck me as totally awesome. You would never see anything like this in the states because people would be worried about swarms and bee stings. Then some kid gets stunk and some “hover parent” gets the lawyers involved and well that would be the end of that. So I got right up close to the hives and check them out. I’ve never seen so many hives in one place let alone in a public garden. Totally cool thing to see.
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