Paris ~ The Gardens

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The gardens and parks of Paris are the jewels of the city. They are filled with gorgeous fountains, tree lined paths, manicured lawns and park benches scattered throughout encouraging you to sit, relax and take in the beauty.

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These images were taken from three different gardens. The Jardin du Luxembourg, Place des Vosges and Jardin des Tuileries.

The Jardin du Luxembourg is the second largest public park in Paris. It's located in the 6th arrondisment and is the garden of the French Senate. We loved the fountains here! And their amazing planted urns filled with seasonal flowers. We heard from a local that it's best to visit it in the morning when it's quiet.

The Jardin des Tuileries was my personal favorite. It's located in front of the Louvre and was created in 1564. Astonishing. It's the perfect spot for a picnic. You can sit on the lawns and have a view of the Eiffel Tower, stop by the carousel and hear children laughing, sit by the fountain and snack on crepes or glace and people watch til your hearts content.

Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris and is surrounded by lovely apartments. It was built between 1605 and 1612 by Henri IV. After visiting the park I would recommend strolling through the arcades. They have quaint shops, art galleries and cafes. Oh, and you can reach this park quickly by going through the Hotel de Sully, into a small courtyard and then through a door on the right…voila, you're in the square. It's very charming and you'll feel like a local here.

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