The A Paris Travel Blog
My company, A Paris Travel specializes in arranging tours in France and Britain. I also arrange tours in the Republic of Ireland, Holland, Belgium, and Switzerland. My goal in these pages is to share my thoughts and ideas on traveling in France and Britain, and the other European countries where I arrange tours and other travel services.
Luxembourg Gardens - A Walk in the Park
Today was a splendid walking tour with our Paris guide. We tasted sausage from the Auvergne, a kouign aman from Brittany, chocolate from somewhere in France (mint…tasted like the mint was picked from my garden, but it melted in my mouth). We marveled at Haussmannian architecture on the Left Bank (I always note it on the Right Bank in Paris, but hadn’t seen so much on the Left Bank). We watched the throngs of Parisians in line for tantalizing pastries and baguettes for their Sunday family dinners.
We explored St. Sulpice Church (second in size in Paris after Notre Dame) and with its Eugene Delacroix murals and marble statues by Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, and with an organ that takes your breath away (you can book a concert for St. Sulpice among other venues in Paris at http://www.classictic.com/en/). While Dan Brown brought St. Sulpice into his intriguing novel “Da Vinci Code” and visitors to Paris still go to the church and tap on the floor searching for the keystone and the Rose-line, it was just a story and the Catholic church disavows any knowledge of these story details!
We strolled the Luxembourg Gardens where the Parisian families gather on Sundays to read, walk, have a picnic, play tennis, play boules, rent toy sailboats, take pony rides, and admire the beautiful Palace that houses the French Senate. The formal Italian design of the Senate building with its impeccable Italian style of elegant symmetry is complemented by the magical gardens and crowned by life that permeates the park making it one of the most special treasures for the Parisians to spend a Sunday afternoon…and other days, too!
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