(Entrance of Jardin du Luxembourg from Saint Placide area.)
Paris has many parks that surprisingly offer an instant calm feeling away from the city when you’re inside. The sound of motorbikes and cars seem to dissipate, replaced by sounds of birds and children playing. These parks tend to be massive and elaborate. We took a stroll through Jardin du Luxembourg and Jardin des Tuileries, and although they’re still in their winter phases, they are widely used by locals and tourists. No matter how cold it is people are out taking walks, chatting with friends; kids are riding on the carousel; guys are playing basketball, while others play a game of tennis. There seems to be an endless amount of things to do aside from people watching and observing the park itself. You could even have lunch or coffee inside a café at Jardin du Luxembourg, or admire the arc as you’re heading towards the Louvre from Jardin des Tuileries.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Jardin des Tuileries
I can’t wait for the flowers to bloom in spring. I’m sure the parks will take on a different feel with the new season. The warmer weather will make it more bearable to have longer walks around the park. And with the flowers present, their colors of life will provide a pleasant sight; their scent, a nice aroma passing by with the breeze. I sure would take this any day over the smell of the city and of cigarettes!